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PFF: Taylor lacked 'big-time throws'; had low 'turnover-worthy play' percentage

Pro Football Focus released its first "QB Annual," a 296-page report on everything regarding NFL quarterbacks during the 2017 season.

Of course there is a plethora of information on Tyrod Taylor, and one of the most notable aspects of PFF's evaluation of him quantifies his strength and highlights his weakness.

Out of 40 qualifying signal-callers, Taylor finished 27th in "Big-Time Throw" percentage, as just 3.61 percent of his attempts in 2017 were labeled as "big-time throws" by PFF.

Here's what was written about that aspect of his game:

"If there’s a consistent theme with Taylor’s big-time throws, it’s their location, as all but one occurred between the numbers. He had a number of excellent tight-window throws in the red zone, and many of his big-time throws came on deep crossers and corner routes. He didn’t drop in the perfect “go” routes that he’d had a knack for hitting in recent years."

What is a "Big-Time Throw," you ask? Here's how they are defined by PFF:

In its simplest terms, a big-time throw is on the highest end of both difficulty and value. While the value is easy to see statistically, the difficulty has more to do with passes that have a lower completion percentage the further the ball is thrown down the field. Therefore, the big-time throw is best described as a pass with excellent ball location and timing, generally thrown further down the field and/or into a tighter window.

As you can probably imagine, Taylor was outstanding in the "Turnover-Worthy Plays" department, as he led the NFL with a 1.0 percent interception rate during the regular season.

He finished second in PFF's "Turnover-Worthy Plays" Percentage (1.49). Here's what was written about Taylor's stellar work taking care of the football and what became a problem with his risk-averse ways:

"He rarely takes chances throwing into tight coverage. The lack of big-time throws in the middle of the field results in a lack of turnover-worthy plays as well, and it's part of his risk-averse game that generally kept the Bills in most contests."
Turnover-Worthy Plays are essentially off-target or late throws (or bad decisions) by a quarterback that should have resulted (or did result) in a turnover.
It was clear Taylor didn't make an assortment of amazing throws in the 2017 season, yet he rarely put the ball into harm's way. PFF's quantification of his play helps to show just how limited he was as a passer as well as his careful approach relative to his quarterback contemporaries.

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