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

As an entire team, the Bills played their worst game of the year on Thursday Night Football in Week 9 against the Jets, and Tyrod Taylor was under duress all evening.

Despite being sacked seven times, and facing pressure on 21 of his 49 drop backs, the Bills quarterback pieced together a fine outing as a passer.

While a portion of his statistics were accumulated with the game out of reach – which, really, is a time when the opposition knows passes are coming – Taylor had his finest game throwing inside the pocket thus far in the 2017 season.

From inside the pocket against the Jets in Week Nine, Taylor completed 27 of 35 passes (77.1 percent) for 270 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. That equated to a passer rating of 117.5.

Here are his updated season figures:

Inside the Pocket

  • 135 completions, 194 attempts
  • 69.5 completion percentage
  • 80.1 adjusted completion percentage (accounting for drops, throwaways and hit-as-thrown passes)
  • 1403 yards
  • 7.23 yards per attempt
  • 8 touchdowns, 2 interceptions
  • 99.6 QB Rating

Outside the Pocket

  • 19 completions, 42 attempts
  • 45.2 completion percentage
  • 67.6 adjusted completion percentage
  • 225 yards
  • 5.35 yards per attempt
  • 2 touchdown, zero interceptions
  • 77.9 QB Rating

In his last three games, Taylor has a passer rating of 115.2 on throws made inside the pocket. He's completed 64 of 84 passes there (76.1 percent) for 681 yards (8.1 yards per attempt) with four touchdowns and no picks.

Defenses focusing on keeping Taylor within the confines of his offensive tackles just might be a good development for Buffalo's offense and its quarterback.

Clearly, he and the Bills attack are better when passes come from inside the pocket.

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