The Jets did not meet everyone’s expectations during the 2013 season. Some sports writer’s predicted a third-place finish in the AFC East before the 2013 campaign got underway last season. Others had predicted a 5-11 season record, however the Jets did better than that.
Finishing 8-8 in what many consider a weak AFC Eastern division dominated by the New England Patriots, left the Jets sitting home for the third consecutive year in 2013 watching the playoffs on television.
With the NFL draft in the rear-view minor the New York Jets selected Tajh Boyd, in the 6th round as the 213 pick over-all.The rookie quarterback is happy he is a Jet while he looks to silence his critics and show he can play in the NFL.
One of the reasons he wasn’t picked earlier may have been Boyd’s low arm slot. Jets quarterbacks coach David Lee is trying to get him to change that, Boyd explained to the press during Jets minicamp this spring.
As a Tiger, Boyd was a strong leader and willing public face of the program. In Clemson’s up-tempo offense last season, Boyd threw for 3,851 yards, 34 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. The previous year, those numbers were 3,896, 36 and 13. And as a sophomore: 3,828, 33 and 12.
The newly acquired signal caller is eager to learn the Jet’s system going into training camp this summer. He now sits dead last on the organization’s depth chart at QB. Boyd faces two major challenges this off-season to avoid being cut from the Jets roster. First Boyd will need to earn a roster spot. The second challenge is he will compete for the 3rd QB slot, a backup roll with current third stringer Matt Simms. If Boyd can land this developmental third string spot on the roster he can red shirt a season, just as he did in 2009 at Clemson.
The former Clemson star stands 6-1 and weights 222 pounds. There are questions about his height and how it might limit him in the NFL. He did not line up under center for the Tigers and will have to adjust to a pro-style offense with the Jets’ West Coast system.
His biggest asset is his arm strength, which Ryan and Jets general manager John Idzik got to see at Boyd’s pro day.
“I think he brings some important things, including arm talent,” NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said, according to NFL.com. “At his pro day, he put on a show. He’s as athletic as can be. He reminds me of Troy Smith when he came out of Ohio State. At this point in the draft, to get a guy with that arm talent and athleticism is pretty exciting.”
A few media reports have surfaced saying that the Jets coaching staff may try Boyd at different positions on the field besides quarterback during training camp. One such report implies Boyd could be looked at as a running back by the Jets coaching staff. However, the former Clemson star has his heart set on playing QB for the team.
During a recent interview with the press Head Coach Rex Ryan addressed the issue of Boyd maybe playing a new position.
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New York Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan.
We’ll see,”Head coach Rex Ryan told the madia recently . “Right now, it’s 100 percent quarterback, but we’ll see as it gets going. Certainly he’s got the running skills and all that type of stuff we saw in college that you might consider doing different things with him, but right now it’s 100 percent quarterback.”
Asked about branching out, Boyd was quick to say in a recent interview with reporters: “I can’t see myself playing another position.”
While at Clemson, Boyd saw plenty of action out of the pistol and arrives at Florham Park with ample read-option experience. Play-caller Marty Mornhinweg was fond of the Tiger last season — too fond — and might find a way to dip Boyd into a subpackage. That said, the fleet-footed Michael Vick is a far superior option for any funny stuff.
Boyd signed his first professional football contract with Jets , The Post and Courier confirmed in its online edition of the newspaper prior to the start of Jets minicamp.
The first-year quarterback will earn $2.3 million on his first four-year contract, including a $78,680 signing bonus.
Only the signing bonus is fully guaranteed up-front, but if the rookie remains on the Jets’ roster, Boyd’s 2014 salary is $420,000, increasing each ensuing season to $510,000, $600,000 and $690,000 in 2017 if he stays active.
Now this is a choice I absolutely love. After the 2012 season many considered Boyd a 2nd round prospect if he came out. He stayed for the 2013 season and some below average performances really hurt his stock. When the game tape gets worse than expected and then you don’t have the prototypical measurable statistics for the place, you start to drop.However he has one of the better arms in the draft, apparently he put on a clinic at his pro day. Add in his natural athletic ability and getting a player with this much talent in the 6th round of the draft represents unbelievable value if you ask me. He is a fantastic leader and competitor and I fully expect him to stick with the team. It’s a pretty exciting choice in my opinion.
Boyd was a great late value pick for the Jets, while the organization hopes that down the road Boyd can have the same impact on the N.F.L. as he did in college.