Tajh Boyd Signing May Be Bad For Other Back Ups

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are all for giving someone a shot in the NFL. Just ask tight end Will Johnson who went to West Virginia but was never scouted and went an entire year without football. Yesterday, the Steelers signed former Clemson quarterback, Tajh Boyd. Boyd spent the entire 2014 season out of the NFL after being released by the New York Jets after the final preseason game.

Boyd did not sit around for the 2014 season. The six foot one, 225-pound former ACC Player of the Year joined the Fall Experimental Football League and started five games while completing 58 percent of his passes. Boyd was a sixth round pick and has potential to be a serviceable back up in the National Football League.

Boyd’s career at Clemson was a strong campaign but did not translate to the NFL. Boyd finished with a 38-10 record as a starter, and threw for at least 3,800 yards in each of his starting seasons. The Steelers felt Boyd was at least worth a shot to give a one-year deal to compete for a roster spot with third year quarterback, Landry Jones.

Jones has not been active his first two years in the league since being drafted in the fourth round of the 2013 season. Jones’ preseason performance the last two seasons have been very hard to watch and the same can be said about second stringer, Bruce Gradkowski who is in his final year of his contract.

Without question, the Steelers have some questions to answer at back up quarterback moving forward. If Boyd can show some potential, he very well has a chance to win a roster spot on this football team. We will see what Boyd has to offer.

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