Last week I introduced a metric called "One-Read-Then-Run," which tracks how many times Tyrod Taylor runs beyond the line of scrimmage after only checking his first read.
Here's my thought behind the creation of this statistics:
"Pertaining to Taylor's advancement as a passer, the fewer of these, the better. This metric won't be perfect, because we can't see Taylor's eyes as they look down the field, but if it's glaringly obvious that he checks his first progression then drops his head to begin to run (and crosses the line of scrimmage), it'll be counted as an ORTR."
Also Pro Football Focus tracks time to throw for all quarterbacks, so I'm including those figures for Taylor here as well.
Taylor vs. Panthers
Taylor did seem much more antsy in the pocket against the Panthers than he did against the Jets, but much of that had to do with the frequency in which he was pressured.
Against New York, Buffalo's quarterback was under pressure on 24.2 percent of his dropbacks. In Carolina, he was pressured on 42.9 percentof his dropbacks.
However – and this is important – his ORTR number indicates he wasn't simply abandoning the pocket before checking a few of his downfield options. Many times, Taylor clearly looked to two and even three reads before deciding to run. He carried the ball eight times for 55 yards.
ORTR through two games: 3
Time To Throw
In Week Two, Taylor averaged 2.44 seconds to throw, the 12th-fastest number among 32 qualifying quarterbacks. That number was down from 2.88 seconds in Week One.
Through two games, Taylor has averaged 2.65 seconds before throwing the football, the seventh-slowest time among 33 quarterbacks who currently qualify. Through two games in 2016, Taylor averaged 3.01 seconds before releasing the ball. On the year, his average was 2.97 seconds.
As mentioned in the introductory article, getting the ball out quickly can indicate general success for a signal-caller but it's not always the case.
(Stats courtesy of Pro Football Focus.)
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