"My son talked about his leadership. He said he was the leader of that program as far as a player is concerned. He said that if Tajh called a meeting at 2 a.m., the entire football team would've been there. That speaks about the type of person he is. We're excited to bring Tajh here and let him compete."
-Head Coach Rex Ryan
Boyd had wonderful workouts with teams prior to the draft, but his accuracy is what made him slip so far into the draft. His speed is better than most QB's but he is smaller compared to most QB's. He has wonderful experience, starting in 40 games in three season at Clemson. He had a torn ACL back in 2009 in high school and it didn't seem to be a problem in college, so the Jets won't have to worry too much about any injuries. He is an avid worker on and off the field so that should not only impress the coaches but encourage Geno to work harder as well.
Boyd went 37-8 as a starter at Clemson, had 901 completions for 11,904 yards and 107 touchdowns. He had 39 interceptions and had an average completion percentage of 61.9, Geno had 67.8 in his college career. Boyd also had 505 rushing attempts for 1,265 yards. He had 26 rushing touchdowns in college.
What's great about Boyd is that he won't be a starter, unless Vick and Geno got injured. Boyd can develop and work on his skills as a third QB, he can learn a lot from the Vick who has been in the NFL for years, and he can learn a lot from the crazy offensive minded coordinator Marty Morhinweg. He also has the opportunity to work under the veteran QB coach David Lee, who brought the Wildcat Offense to the NFL in 2008. Boyd has many issues, but drafting Boyd gives the Jets an opportunity to develop a young QB into a future backup QB with the potential to be a starter.
His strengths: He showed great toughness while at Clemson, and can develop a strong throw when taking a hit. He can make an awkward throw when he needs to and he can throw a nice deep ball. His release of the ball is clean and that's a sign that he can improve his accuracy. His mobility is probably the reason why he was drafted and not an undrafted free agent.
What he needs to improve: He needs to work on ball security, something Jet QB's seem to lack. Needs to work on discipline in the pocket and his timing and realization of pass-rushers coming. His footwork isn't NFL ready but that can be improved in one off-season, nevertheless a few seasons. Boyd needs to work on throwing the ball over linebackers without overthrowing the ball, that'll help cutdown on turnovers. Lastly Boyd needs to work on getting the ball out of his hands before he collapses to pressure, he needs to feel the pressure quicker and make smart decisions, this is something many QB's coming into the NFL need to work on.
My expectations are extremely low for Tajh Boyd, I expect nothing more than an emergency entrance into a game and I expect his skills to be sharpened. Boyd won't accept the fact that he is a backup QB, he will do everything he can to become a starter, the extra hours in the film room or extra reps in the weight room. Boyd will fine-tune his skills and I expect him to be the full-time backup QB next year with a chance to stat if Geno can't figure it out in 2015-2014. Obviously QB's drafted in the 6th round rarely end up becoming anything, but I would like to look at the glass half-full and say that the Jets drafted a guy who will be a backup to potential starter one day.