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Tyrod Watch: Perfect One-Read-Then-Run afternoon vs. Broncos, Taylor getting comfortable

Tyrod Taylor was hyper-efficient against the Broncos, one of the NFL's best defenses in Week Three.

After Week One, I introduced "One-Read-Then-Run," a Taylor-centric statistic that would attempt to quantify how often he quickly abandons being a passer and turns into a runner.

Here's my thought behind the creation of this metric:

"Pertaining to Taylor's advancement as a passer, the fewer ORTR plays, 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."

Taylor vs. Broncos


Taylor was barely antsy in the pocket or too quick to leave it against the Broncos. Partly because of that, unsurprisingly, he had one of his finest games (if not his finest) as Buffalo's starter.

It was the third-straight game in which he logged eight "carries," but a few of those were designed. The rest were after it looked as though he surveyed the field and checked at least two options down the field.

When Taylor's improvisational runs come after he's exhausted some or all options downfield, that's fine. It's when he turns into a runner after the first read is taken away that Buffalo's passing game suffers.

ORTR through three games: 3

For Taylor, averaging only one "quick abandonment" of a pass play per game is a strong indicator that he's becoming more comfortable in the pocket and trusting of his eyes and the offensive system he's in this season.

Time to throw

(Time To Throw stats courtesy of Pro Football Focus.)

In Week Three, Taylor averaged 2.61 seconds before throwing the football, the 12th-slowest time out of 31 qualifying quarterbacks. In Week Two, his figure was 2.44 seconds. On opening weekend, Taylor averaged 2.88 seconds before throwing the ball.

On the season, Taylor's average time to each attempt is 2.63, the eighth-slowest in football. However, the Bills quarterback has been much quicker throwing the football in 2017 than he was in 2016. Through three contests last year, Taylor averaged 2.83 seconds to each attempt, the highest time in the NFL.

Clearly, Rick Dennison's west coast offense, which is mainly predicated on the quick, horizontal passing game has helped Taylor get rid of the football faster early this season.

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