New York Jets 2014 Training Camp Profile: Tajh Boyd
Quarterback Tajh Boyd is one of those “work in progress” kind of athletes most teams love to employ early on in their professional football careers. The Clemson star spent the majority of his college career passing out of the shotgun formation and will need to work hard in order to adjust to playing in the NFL. It won’t be easy, but Boyd is a natural competitor and will be up for the challenge.
At the current moment with the New York Jets, the quarterback position is one that has provided plenty of headlines across the globe. It looks like barring any injury or tremendous decline in performance, Geno Smith will be starting for the Jets come Week 1. Michael Vick will be his backup and help mentor him from the sidelines. The third spot on the depth chart for quarterback will most likely be a positional battle between Matt Simms and Boyd.
While Boyd will have his work cut out for him, it appears the time has come for the Jets to move past Simms since he’s been inconsistent and doesn’t appear to be a capable backup. Boyd should be able to beat him out come training camp since he has much better passing skills and overall reaction time in the pocket. All Boyd needs to do is work on his mechanics and he should be good to go since quarterbacks coach David Lee could help develop him towards becoming a starter down the road.
Utilizing a sidearm style when it comes to his passing, Boyd has a good and accurate arm. He is also efficient in throwing the deep ball which is something Simms lacks. While Boyd will never see any starting time this season, these next few years of development will be key if he’s ever to be a prolific quarterback worthy of starting. He will be sure to be listen to guys like Vick and Smith and absorb as much as he can until eventually his moment to shine arrives.
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