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Tyrod Watch: Passing inside the pocket vs. outside through seven games

Last week, I debuted my study of Tyrod Taylor's passing from inside and outside the pocket in 2017. The initial results were a bit surprising, especially given the consensus thought that he struggles as a pocket passer.

After a sound albeit unspectacular game against the Raiders in Week Eight, here are his updated figures.

Inside the Pocket

  • 108 completions, 159 attempts
  • 67.9 completion percentage
  • 78.3 adjusted completion percentage (accounting for drops, throwaways and hit-as-thrown passes)
  • 1,133 yards
  • 7.12 yards per attempt
  • 6 touchdowns, 2 interceptions
  • 95.7 QB rating

Outside the Pocket

  • 17 completions, 37 attempts
  • 45.9 completion percentage
  • 68.9 adjusted completion percentage
  • 210 yards
  • 6.58 yards per attempt
  • 2 touchdown, zero interceptions
  • 83.2 QB rating

Taylor is still performing much better inside the pocket than he is outside the pocket in essentially every statistical category.

Against the Raiders, he completed 19 of 21 passes for 159 yards (7.85 yards per attempt) from inside the pocket. Teams seem to be zeroing in on the bootleg action in Buffalo's offense, which has led to Taylor having the backside edge-rusher in his face the moment he flips his head around on those type of plays.

The idea that he vacates the pocket often simply has not been true so far this season – 81.1 percent of his attempts have come from within the pocket.

From a passing perspective, Taylor and the Bills offense have been better when throws have been made between the tackles.


Against the Raiders in Week Eight, Taylor's escapability formula was as follows:

  • Escapes: 1
  • Sacks: 0
  • Escapability Index: +1

This was Taylor's third game as Buffalo's starter in which he wasn't sacked. He's had a passer rating of 100 or better in all of those contests.

While Taylor displayed his elite athleticism on a few occasions to avoid oncoming rushers, he had and really only needed one "escape" against the Oakland pass-rush.

Through seven games, Taylor's escapability formula is as follows:

  • Escapes: 13
  • Sacks: 14
  • Escapability Index: -1

Taylor is moving closer to an even amount of escapes and sacks. His EI of -5 against the Bengals – in an outing in which he was sacked six times – has really hurt his season EI to this point.

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