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Tyrod Watch: Inside the pocket production is waning

In his last two home games, Tyrod Taylor has done little to silence his doubters.

After a brutal game against the Saints on Nov. 12, Buffalo's starter was ineffective while leading his team to three points against the Patriots last Sunday.

Here are Taylor's updated inside and outside the pocket statistics:

Inside the pocket

  • 182 completions, 273 attempts
  • 66.6 completion percentage
  • 77.9 adjusted completion percentage (accounting for drops, spikes, throwaways and hit-as-thrown passes)
  • 1804 yards
  • 6.60 yards per attempt
  • 9 touchdowns, 4 interceptions
  • 90.0 QB Rating

Outside the pocket

  • 24 completions, 53 attempts
  • 45.2 completion percentage
  • 62.2 adjusted completion percentage
  • 286 yards
  • 5.39 yards per attempt
  • 3 touchdowns, zero interceptions
  • 81.1 QB Rating

It's been a few games now that Taylor has experienced diminished efficiency and overall production from inside the pocket. His 6.60 yards-per-attempt average isn't very good, and his outside-the-pocket passer rating is inching closer to his figure from inside the pocket after just a few weeks ago not being close.

His outing against the Patriots was almost identical to his game against the Saints, as in both games he completed nine of 18 passes at under 4.0 yards per attempt, which is abysmal.

As I touched on earlier this week, Taylor's outing against the Patriots in Week 13 was his most tentative performance as a passer all season in terms of how long he held onto the football.

If he's able to play the next two games, he'll have a prime opportunity to rebound. The Colts have Football Outsiders' No. 28 pass defense, and the Dolphins are currently 29th (by DVOA).

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