Quarterback Tajh Boyd knows all about what it takes to be successful when playing football and the sacrifices that come with it. The Clemson standout is anxious to start a new page in his football career ever since he was drafted by the New York Jets and attended his first team OTAs. He’s been used to running shotgun formations his entire career, but now he must put in an incredible amount of work to completely change his mechanics to adjust to life in the NFL.
Boyd will now need to adjust many aspects of his playing style, especially with his throwing motion if he’s to have success down the road in a few years. Expected to enter training camp to battle Matt Simms for the third and final spot on the Jets’ quarterback depth chart, Boyd has his work cut out for him. Simms is familiar with the Jets’ offensive schemes, but he hasn’t been able to be make a name for himself as his tenure on the team might be coming to an end soon with Boyd in the mix.
If Boyd can beat out Simms to land a spot on the team, he’ll be able to get further development by the Jets. Quarterbacks coach David Lee will definitely place him on a regimen that will enable him to retool his skills and put him in a position to succeed for years to come. At the current moment, Boyd utilizes a sidearm style of passing the football that will be ineffective against the most dominant pass rushers coming his way. Thanks to Lee, he will have the right training and leadership to develop a new over-the-top style of passing that will provide him with better strength and precision.
Over time Boyd could end up being a solid backup and possibly more once he starts to progress with the Jets. He’ll only get better with time, and once he masters these new techniques he will learn with the Jets, it’s just a matter of time to see how he’ll execute once his number is called.