Quarterback Tahj Boyd has been going through the tough transition of going from college football straight into the pros. He was selected by the New York Jets to possibly be a backup and potentially something bigger down the road if he develops nicely over the next few years. There is a lot of upside with Boyd since he’s athletic, plays hard and is humble about understanding a whole new system that might require him to change dramatically. It will take a lot of hard work as he adjusts his mechanics, throwing motion and overall technique in order to find success in the NFL, but so far he’s been handling everything well.
At the moment, Boyd is trying to land the final quarterback spot on the Jets’ roster. While many expect Geno Smith to start and Michael Vick as his backup, the third spot on the depth chart is up for grabs. Boyd is in somewhat of a positional battle with Matt Simms, who has been inconsistent the past few years. The Jets would love to breathe some fresh air into their depth chart by having someone as a work in progress kind of athlete who has potential to be a starter some day. It looks like they might be done with Simms if Boyd can earn that spot this summer.
An ideal situation for Boyd would be to beat out Simms in training camp and show that he’s capable of learning and progressing. Simms has been on the decline for the past few years and his time might be up, because he has had plenty of chances. Back when Tim Tebow was in the mix and trying to beat out Mark Sanchez for the starting job just a few years ago, Simms was also in consideration, but couldn’t beat out either contender. What does that tell you? Nothing against Simms, but he doesn’t seem to have the overall abilities needed to succeed in professional football as a starter. It’s time to move on and put Boyd in a position to watch and grow.
With Smith starting and Vick mentoring, Boyd is in a great situation for his career. He can gain a tremendous amount of knowledge from both athletes that will surely mold him for a bright and positive future. Over the next few years, if he’s developed and mentored right, who knows, he could be a nice future option to start at quarterback for the Jets.
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