It’s never easy to draw solid analysis on a quarterback’s play when assessing his numbers through the first few career NFL starts. There’s only so much information to process, but after Tyrod Taylor’s encouraging September, we had to dive into his rankings.
Compared to the rest of the quarterbacks in the NFL, things looked good for TMobile then. Now that he has 10 career starts under his belt and owns a 6-4 W-L record, not much has changed.
As you’ve probably heard, Taylor just broke and tied a couple Buffalo Bills team milestones in week 13’s win over the Houston Texans. First, he eclipsed Drew Bledsoe’s 2002 mark of 175 passing attempts without an interception and later tied him for most games with three or more 40-yard passing plays since that same year. Currently, Tyrod is ranked top-ten in the NFL in six or more QB categories:
Tyrod Taylor (10 Games)
Completed 176-271 passes for 64.9% 8th in NFL
104.3 QB Rating 4th in NFL
117 Passer Rating in the 4th quarter Best in NFL
8.01 Yards Per Attempt 5th in NFL
6.3% of his passes have gone for a touchdown 4th in NFL
4 Interceptions 4th lowest in NFL
1.5% Interception rate 4th lowest in NFL
318 Rushing yards 4th in NFL
Taylor hasn’t been a perfect quarterback through his first ten career starts but he’s definitely been a revelation for a Bills team that has lacked consistent play from the position for years. Some really encouraging aspects of his game are the obvious fact that he’s clutch, has a huge arm and can put the deep ball right on the money. Tyrod also doesn’t turn the ball over and is ridiculously fast, making him a constant threat to run.
More recently his pocket presence has improved too as he looks more comfortable and concise making the decision to step up or just scramble away from pressure. The lingering ankle and knee injuries could have hindered that ability earlier in the season. That being said however, the signal caller still needs to do a better job of scanning the field and going through his progressions.
Increasing his pocket awareness and feel under center should come with time but staring down his receiver like he did on a pass that was nearly intercepted in week 13 will almost always end bad. Taylor also needs to improve his decision-making on when to throw the ball away and when to try to make that extra play. Keeping himself healthy by not taking big hits will be paramount too.
Overall, #5 is exceeding expectations and will be leading a hungry Bills team into the last and most vital quarter of its 2015 season.