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Tyrod Watch: Passing heat map update for Bills' QB entering trip to New England

Tyrod Taylor had an efficient albeit unspectacular passing performance against the Dolphins in Week 15. He was much better in the first half than he was in the third and fourth quarters.

Taylor went 1 of 6 for 29 yards on throws made 20-plus yards down the field.

At the intermediate level, the Bills signal-caller completed all four passes for 56 yards and a touchdown. From 0-9 yards beyond the line of scrimmage against Miami, Taylor went 8 of 14 for 108 yards.

Here's Taylor's updated heat map for the 2017 season:

It's been a while since I've updated his collective over-the-middle figures.

In 2015 and 2016, Taylor took plenty of criticism for not being effective enough between the numbers and underutilizing that area of the field.

Going into Week 16's game against the Patriots, Taylor has completed 90 of 129 passes (69.7 percent) for 944 yards (7.31 yards per attempt) with four touchdowns, three interceptions and a quarterback rating of 91.3 on over-the-middle throws made beyond the line of scrimmage.

His 129 attempts over the middle account for 44.3 percent of (beyond the line) passes this season. His completions at that section of the field account for his 49.7 of his total completions.


Against the Dolphins, Taylor had two escapes and was sacked twice.

Through 13 games, Taylor's escapability formula is as follows:

  • Escapes: 23
  • Sacks: 29
  • Escapability Index: -6

(Heat map stats courtesy of Pro Football Focus.)

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