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Tyrod Watch: Passing inside the pocket vs. outside

With Tyrod Taylor back as the Bills' starting quarterback, let's re-examine his effectiveness from inside and out of the pocket this season.

As you can probably imagine, he had his worst game of the season in Week 10 against the Saints from every perspective. He completed just eight of 16 passes from inside the pocket (with two drops) for a mere 52 yards with an interception that came on a deflected pass.

He was much better inside the pocket as Nathan Peterman's replacement against the Chargers in Week 11, as he completed 14 of 20 passes for 125 yards (6.25 yards per attempt) with one touchdown.

Heading into Week 12, here are Taylor's updated inside and outside the pocket statistics:

Inside the pocket

  • 157 completions, 230 attempts
  • 68.2 completion percentage
  • 79.4 adjusted completion percentage (accounting for drops, throwaways and hit-as-thrown passes)
  • 1580 yards
  • 6.86 yards per attempt
  • 9 touchdowns, 3 interceptions
  • 95.1 QB Rating

Outside the pocket

  • 21 completions, 49 attempts
  • 42.8 completion percentage
  • 60.9 adjusted completion percentage
  • 262 yards
  • 5.34 yards per attempt
  • 2 touchdowns, zero interceptions
  • 72.8 QB Rating

The 6.25 yards per attempt average from inside the pocket in Los Angeles is a long way from being considered good, but it was a clear step up from the brutal 3.25 yards-per-attempt average from inside the pocket in the debacle against the Saints in Week 10.

Even with the two "down" performances, Taylor has proven to be a pretty effective inside-the-pocket passer and is noticeably better there than when he throws the football from outside the pocket.

It'll be interesting to see if Taylor becomes a more aggressive passer against the Chiefs in Week 12, which could lead to more interceptions but may generate more big plays and aerial touchdowns for Buffalo's offense.

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