Monday, May 19, 2014

Tajh Boyd: No regrets about returning for senior year


Tajh Boyd was a potential top 10 pick in the 2013 offseason. By the 2014 offseason, he was considered by some as "undraftable."

Despite his high stock following a stellar 2012 campaign that saw him amass upwards of 4,400 total yards and 46 touchdowns, the star quarterback opted to return to Clemson for his senior year.

". . . I wanted to finish," Boyd said this weekend, via "I wanted to go out there and see what else was out there on the table. For me, it was all about having no regrets when I left school.

"So I wanted to see if I could go out there and get a national championship. I wanted to go out there and see if I could win the Heisman. None of those things happened, but I most definitely enjoyed my experience.”

Boyd put together another outstanding campaign from a statistical standpoint in 2013, throwing for 34 touchdowns to just 11 interceptions and rushing for 10 more scores, but the bigger microscope meant more stringent standards on, well, more NFL-important things like mechanics, accuracy and decision-making.

He had some highs and lows, though by the time he got to the draft, he fell all the way to the sixth round before the New York Jets finally scooped him up.

“I had a lot of guys ask me here during rookie camp: Did I regret coming back to school?” Boyd said. “I don’t regret the decision at all. I feel like I’m in the right position. I feel like I’m on the right team.”

Boyd will be battling with Matt Simms for the No. 3 gig behind Geno Smith and Michael Vick. He has a good arm and great scrambling ability, but his footwork and ball placement are major areas of concern, which quarterbacks coach David Lee and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg will be tasked with addressing.

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