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Tyrod Taylor has most tentative game of the season as a passer vs. Patriots

In the past, Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor has been criticized for holding on to the ball too long, and that was his biggest issues against the New England Patriots.

Taylor averaged 3.63 seconds to throw (or scramble) in Week 13, by far the highest average in football.

Regarding the time it took for him to actually release the ball — so not factoring in his scrambles — Taylor averaged 2.86 seconds on Sunday, also the highest in the NFL but by a much smaller margin.

The 3.63 seconds to throw (or scramble) was the highest average Taylor has had in a single game this season. On a handful of occasions against New England, Taylor was well protected and was unable to pull the trigger, which mostly led to a quarterback run, sack, and on one play, an interception.

Taylor had just seven attempts made in 2.5 seconds or less against the Patriots, and he completed five of those passes.

There were 17 drop backs in which he held the ball longer than 2.5 seconds — and not all were perfectly protected. On those plays, Taylor went 4 of 11 with the pick and three sacks.

However, there's not a huge disparity in Taylor's effectiveness when he gets rid of quickly compared to when he takes a while to throw the ball.

His passer rating on the 2.5 seconds or less passes — 90.8. On the throws made after 2.6 seconds — 86.4. That's likely due to Taylor making an assortment of positive plays when he's initially pressured.

Against the Patriots though, the Bills quarterback struggled under pressure. According to Pro Football Focus, he was pressured on nine of his 24 drop backs. On those plays, he completed 2 of 5 passes for 17 yards with one interception and the three aforementioned sacks.

In Week 13's loss, Taylor and Buffalo's receivers couldn't connect on quick passes, and the signal-callers' improvisational magic simply wasn't there.

(Stats courtesy of Pro Football Focus)

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