The New York Jets probably aren’t going to go into the 2014 season with four quarterbacks on the active roster, and it’s clear that Tajh Boyd isn’t going to make the 53-man. Geno Smith and Michael Vick are locks for obvious reasons, and Matt Simms is clearly ahead of Boyd for the No. 3 gig and deserves the spot. There’s a clear delineation between these four quarterbacks, with the pecking order not favoring Boyd at all. He made some big plays at Clemson, but that was mostly because he had two incredibly gifted playmakers in Sammy Watkins and Martavis Bryant, with Watkins bailing Boyd out on numerous occasions (that’s also not mentioning 2013 first-round pick DeAndre Hopkins, who should be a legit star wideout soon).
Boyd had an awful performance against the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday, as he was clearly the worst of the three quarterbacks who played for the Jets. Bengals QB Matt Scott was worse statistically, but Boyd completed just one pass on six attempts, with the completion going for just six yards. This is on top of struggles throughout training camp, so Boyd is definite practice squad fodder at this point.
Jets head coach Rex Ryan really liked Boyd when scouting him out in pre-draft workouts, and he knows the rookie can- and should- perform much better than he did against Cincinnati. Ryan said, via the New York Post’s Brian Costello, “Dang, Tajh you’re a better player than that. We just have to get him going. Come on kid, I’ve seen you play way better than that.”
It sounds an awful lot like Lovie Smith’s comments on the preseason struggles of Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Tim Wright, who could get slot reps for the Bucs. Rookie TE Jace Amaro performed better for the Jets and Calvin Pryor looks legit, but Boyd is unsurprisingly struggled. He isn’t particularly fast, his delivery needs plenty of work, and his accuracy and decision-making aren’t at the NFL level. He’s ticketed for the practice squad, and he’ll need to show significant development by this point next year if he wants to stick around; as a late-round pick, the Jets don’t owe him much.