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Taylor named PFF’s Breakout Player of Yr.

Posted by Chris Brown on January 13, 2016 – 12:06 pm

Bills fans know that Tyrod Taylor exceeded the expectations of just about everybody in his first year as a starting quarterback in the NFL for Buffalo. The season he put together was close to Pro Bowl caliber (he was named a Pro Bowl alternate) and it’s earned him the Breakout Player of the Year nod from Pro Football Focus.

Taylor’s big play ability and knack for protecting the football are two of the main reasons PFF gave Buffalo’s starting QB the nod over the other finalists. Here’s some of what ProFootballFocus had to say about T2.

One of the most impressive areas of Taylor’s game was his deep passing abilities, as he attempted an NFL high 18.2 percent of his total passes 20-plus yards downfield. He ranked second with 12 touchdowns and fifth with 1,014 yards. Despite attempting so many deep passes, Taylor kept a respectable 44.9 accuracy percentage that was good for 10th in the NFL.

Another area of Taylor’s game that surprised was his enhanced ability under pressure. While all quarterbacks become worse under pressure (and Taylor is no exception), he was less worse than the NFL average, as his passer rating dipped just 16.7 points (from 104.3 with no pressure to 87.6 under pressure) compared to 26.5 avg. (98.2 to 71.7).

Of all the things Taylor brings to the table, the most impressive part of his game is his uncanny ability to make the “wow” throws. He ranked third in the league in such throws with nine, behind Ben Roethlisberger (11) and Carson Palmer (10) and just ahead of Derek Carr at six. These “wow” throws are of variety that take incredible accuracy and timing, while beating extremely tight coverage.

The Bills landed an absolute steal…


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