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Tyrod Watch: Taylor has best performance of regular season outside the pocket vs. Dolphins

The regular-season finale marked the third-consecutive game in which Tyrod Taylor averaged more than 7.0 yards per attempt, an efficiency benchmark for quarterbacks in the NFL.

He finished the contest in Miami 19 of 27 for 204 yards (7.56 yards per attempt) with one touchdown and no interceptions, which equated to a passer rating of 104.6. After his highest yards-per-attempt outing from inside the pocket in Week 16, Taylor thrived outside the pocket in Week 17.

Here are Taylor's 2017 regular-season inside and outside the pocket statistics:

Inside the pocket

  • 226 completions, 345 attempts
  • 65.5 completion percentage
  • 76.7 adjusted completion percentage (accounting for drops, spikes, throwaways and hit-as-thrown passes)
  • 2,348 yards
  • 6.80 yards per attempt
  • 10 touchdowns, 4 interceptions
  • 89.8 QB Rating

Outside the pocket

  • 37 completions, 75 attempts
  • 49.3 completion percentage
  • 64.6 adjusted completion percentage
  • 451 yards
  • 6.01 yards per attempt
  • 4 touchdowns, 0 interceptions
  • 86.0 QB Rating

Against the Dolphins, Taylor was efficient outside the pocket on designed rollouts and plays in which he eluded pressure. He went 7 of 8 (87.5 percent) for 84 yards (10.5 yards per attempt) with a touchdown on those plays. It was, by far, the most passing yardage he accumulated from outside the pocket during the 2017 regular season. Before Sunday, the previous high was 57 yards against Miami two weeks earlier.

In his last three games, Taylor is 13 of 22 (59 percent) for 165 yards (7.5 yards per attempt) with one passing touchdown on throws made outside the pocket.

Taylor's yards-per-attempt average from inside the pocket on the season (6.80) isn't indicative of high-level quarterback play, but his completion percentage of 65.6 – and adjusted completion percentage of 76.7 percent – prove that the Bills signal-caller is accurate inside the confines of his offensive tackles.

As the season has progressed, Taylor has clearly gotten more comfortable on Rick Dennison's play-action bootlegs. Also, the veteran quarterback has routinely kept his eyes downfield to look for open targets when he's been forced to elude pass-rushers behind the line of scrimmage.

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