Bills GM Doug Whaley made his weekly appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550 Tuesday morning and offered an assessment on Tyrod Taylor’s performance against the Patriots in Week 2.
In taking a look at the eight sacks taken by Taylor, Whaley believed a fair share of the sacks were on Taylor, who is learning on the fly about pocket presence.
“I think a few of those sacks were on the offensive line, but a few were on Tyrod and knowing when to step up or when to roll left or right out of the sides of the pocket instead of always trying to get out backwards. He can step up and go to his right or his left. Tom Brady does that,” said Whaley. “We’re going to have some of that as the offensive line gets used to Tyrod and how he likes to move in the pocket and how Tyrod learns what moves he can turn to in order to buy time in the pocket.”
For those naysayers who claim that at 6-1 Taylor can’t see downfield targets when in the pocket, Whaley argues that other quarterbacks have done it.
“People are going to say if you keep him in the pocket he can’t see, but there are throwing lanes,” said Whaley. “Drew Brees finds them all the time, but Drew Brees had to learn that and be in the pocket and experience that. It’s what we call pocket presence.”
As Whaley sees it pocket presence is something that can’t be coached. Acquiring a feel for it only comes through experience. Knowing last Sunday was Taylor’s second NFL start, Whaley is confident Taylor’s pocket presence will improve knowing he’s a quick study and hard worker.
“When you’re looking at it in the pocket it’s more on the player,” he said. “Just getting back there and getting comfortable and knowing when to bail out right or left, or when to step up in the pocket. Even though there’s pressure on your sides and they’re running past you, realizing you still have time to step up and move right or left. That’s just a feel thing and being in there and going through those experiences. Those are the things you can only teach through game experiences.
“I think he’ll get better with experience especially seeing it live. Not only seeing it, but playing it live and then coming back and watching the tape and seeing where he might be able to take two steps forward and you still may have another second or two to look down the field, or step up and step right and then there’s a throwing lane and you can see down the field.”
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