All things considered, you can definitely say that the New York Jets are stacked at the quarterback position. They already have last year’s second-round draft pick Geno Smith atop the depth chart, they went out and signed Michael Vick immediately after he was released by the Eagles, oh yeah, and Matt Simms is still there too.
That’s why there was a tad bit of shock when the team went out and drafted Clemson’s Tajh Boyd last Saturday, giving them a fourth option at the position while camps move along this spring and summer.
Despite being the most efficient passer in the history of the ACC, Boyd’s professional outlook under center hasn’t been received all that well. He had poor workouts at the Senior Bowl, in both the practices and the actual game, as well as the Combine. Because of this, most believe that Boyd might not end up being a quarterback at all, rather a team could eventually use his 6-1, 225-pound frame as a wide receiver or running back.
On Friday, Jets head coach Rex Ryan was asked about this possibility, and well, he didn’t completely shoot it down.
“We’ll see,” coach Rex Ryan told reporters on Friday. “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.”
If anything, should he be able to catch the ball, Boyd would fit well on the outside catching some passes from the other signal callers already in place.
He certainly has the athleticism to make the move, compiling a total of 1,165 rushing yards in his four years as a starter in college.