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Tyrod Watch: Passing heat map for the 2017 regular season

Tyrod Taylor completed 19 of 27 attempts (70.3 percent) for 204 yards (7.56 yards per attempt) with one touchdown in the Bills' regular-season finale against the Dolphins, his second game of the season with a completion percentage of at least 70 and a yards-per-attempt average of 7.5 or higher. The other outing game in a Week Three win over the Broncos.

In Miami, Taylor finished the game with a quarterback rating of 104.6, his third-highest figure of the 2017 campaign.

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

There's much to take from Taylor's downfield-passing figures, especially as they compare to a season ago. In 2016, he completed 19 of 58 of those passes for 706 yards (12.1 yards per attempt) with six touchdowns and four interceptions. That equated to a quarterback rating of 85.8.

In 2017, he completed 18 of 58 passes thrown 20 or more yards down field — almost identical to his 2016 completion rate — but those throws yielded 551 yards (9.5 yards per attempt) with five touchdowns and one pick. That equated to a quarterback rating of 89.0.

Taylor was more efficient accumulating yards on deep shots in 2016 than he was in 2017, yet his touchdown rate was better and his interception rate was lower this season.

Buffalo's quarterback wasn't afraid to throw over the middle during the regular season, as 36.4 percent of his attempts were made over the middle (and beyond the line of scrimmage).

In fact, Taylor was rather effective on attempts to that portion of the field. He completed 107 of 153 attempts (69.9 percent) at 7.39 yards per attempt with four touchdowns and three interceptions. That equated to a passer rating of 91.7.

Taylor will have a difficult test on Sunday against a Jacksonville team that finished first in Football Outsiders' pass defense DVOA during the regular season. A good game from their quarterback would significantly help the Bills upset the Jaguars.


Against the Dolphins, Taylor had four escapes and was sacked three times.

During the 2017 regular season, Taylor's escapability formula was as follows:

  • Escapes: 28
  • Sacks: 37
  • Escapability Index: -9

So while Taylor didn't make up for every sack with a nearly improbable escape of a sack, he certainly did his part to keep many plays alive when it seemed he would be brought to the turf behind the line of scrimmage.

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