Boyd looking to change arm angle

Sixth-round draft pick Tajh Boyd is looking to change his throwing motion while making the adjustment to the NFL (Walder, May 19).

Boyd will be looking to throw more over the top, instead of side-arming the ball.

“I throw it at like different angles sometimes. Three-quarters, sidearm,” Boyd said. “That’s kind of one of the things that made me a little different but he wants me to come over with the full range of motion over the top.”

Boyd will be challenging for the No. 3 quarterback spot against Matt Simms.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

The hope, of course, is that correcting Boyd’s delivery mechanics and release point will greatly increase his playing potential. Side-arm deliveries can work in the ACC with as many bubble screens as the Tigers threw, but with the larger defensive linemen and linebackers not going over the top will be problematic.

The problem with a professional athlete re-learning their mechanics is that it it will either make Boyd a significantly better quarterback or has the potential to backfire on the Jets. Regardless, when a quarterback who was talked about as an early draftee nine months ago winds up getting drafted in the end of the sixth round, the cold reality is that this can do nothing but help his viability as an NFL player.


TheJetsBlog.com’s Corey Griffin breaks down Boyd…




32 comments
jetsfan14
jetsfan14

Listen, I love this pick. Boyd has a great attitude and great athletic skills. If anyone can overcome the criticism and knocks on his game, he can do it. I am being realistic--I know that late round draft picks rarely work out, so the odds are against him. But there is something about him that Rex really likes, and I am more than willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. Will he be the next Tom Brady (6th round to superstardom)? Probably not--but only he will determine that. I think he'll get good coaching and a fair shot at competing--first for the #3 spot, and (if he is good enough), eventually for the starting spot. As for CG's prediction that he will be out of the league in 3 years--I don't agree. I think he is certainly good enough to stick around as a back-up, and I wouldn't be surprised if he is starting somewhere in 3-4 years.

Bent
Bent moderator

Arm angle is going to be important for Boyd this year.  He wants to ensure he's holding the clipboard at an angle whereby he can read it without anyone in the coaching booth being able to see what he wrote through binoculars.

Ceifus Hornswoggle
Ceifus Hornswoggle

Clemson has a cake schedule and still couldn't get it done.  Boyd was a failure there and will fail here.

juunit
juunit

Sounds about right. Inconsistent mechanics lead to inconsistent results.

jaym
jaym

It's Simm's job to lose, too bad Rex is in luv with Boyd because his son was his team mate. We will see in training camp. Just hope the Jets don't keep Boyd just because he can run.

williamg1
williamg1

Both Boyd and Geno were part of the same recruiting class in high school (and Boyd was ranked higher than Geno). I'm sure these guys competed at different camps during high school. No way Boyd will be content with being Geno's backup. Lets see if he can compete. 

a57se
a57se

That is a very difficult thing for a QB to change at this stage of their careers........think of all the reps Boyd has doing things the way he does........

a57se
a57se

@jaym  

That is the perfect reason to keep Boyd. He fits into the mold we are choosing to use at QB, Simms not so much.

__fense
__fense

@williamg1  No one should ever be happy being the backup. These guys are professional football players. They all want to be the best in history.

campfodder
campfodder

@williamg1  Yeah he was but Boyd left WVU with the quickness when Geno committed to WVU and then got toasted by Geno's WVU team in 2012 during their bowl game 70-34 (WVU winning over Clemson). I think Geno turned out to be the better prospect. But I hear what your saying, I know Boyd will never be happy being Geno's backup.

harold
harold

@a57se

I think it may be overblown a bit.  I think they are just trying to get him to throw out of a consistent slot.  Boyd can throw over the top, but he also throws sidearm and 3/4 as well.  I think the staff wants him to consistently throw over the top as opposed to varying his arm angle without cause.

jaym
jaym

@a57se @jaym

Are you going to run every play from scrimmage? I would rather have the QB with the better arm. You will see in training camp that Boyd is not very good.

a57se
a57se

@__fense @williamg1 

I'd be happy being a back-up QB making 2 or 3 million a year for 15 years.....nice gig that!

SackDance99
SackDance99

@harold Yeah, Stafford drops his arm angle, too.  I heard Brady say that he constantly drills on proper throwing motion.  Like with pitchers, QBs have to have mechanical discipline.

a57se
a57se

@Disgruntled Jets Fan  

or the Bruins

or the Flyers

or the Islanders

or the Sabres

or the Maple Leafs

Geex, I am just a hater!

High$ocietyJet
High$ocietyJet

Arm? What does that mean? Because he doesn't seem very accurate to me and I not sure if he throws further than Vick.

SackDance99
SackDance99

@a57se @SackDance99You always say things like this.  I said "most WCO QBs have good running skills."  "Most" means a majority; I didn't say "all."  Montana, who rushed for over 200 yards twice in his career and had 20 rushing TDs, had good rushing skills, especially early in his career.  How about the other notable WCO QBs?  Young, McNabb, Garcia, Rodgers, Favre, Kaepernick, Wilson, A. Smith all have or had good to excellent running skills, especially early in their careers.  Heck, even Josh McCown is a good runner.  The one notable exception?  Matt Hasselbeck.  So, to recap, my statement was true.


Now, is it a requirement to be a good runner to be a WCO QB?  No, but maybe, generally, it is to be a good one.  Eli is going to be in a WCO this season, so he'll be a good test case.  But, the list of successful and mobile WCO QBs is far greater than that of immobile WCO QBs (and besides Hasselbeck, there aren't many).

a57se
a57se

@SackDance99 @a57se

The best WCO QB was Joe Montana IMHO and he was not a gifted runner but he did have excellent pocket awareness and good movement skills in the pocket. 

It is not a requirement that a WCO QB be a good runner.

a57se
a57se

@nyj_scott

I thought Simms DID beat out McElroy last season.......

nyj_scott
nyj_scott

@jaym Simms, arm and all, couldn't beat out McElroy. He's had his chance to excel. He'll have one more against Boyd.

joemustgo
joemustgo

@jaym  What does it matter? If Simms or Boyd plays a single snap in a regular season game, it means we're drafting our franchise QB next year anyway.

SackDance99
SackDance99

@a57se @jaymMost successful WCO QBs have good running skills, so maybe while Rex likes mobile QBs, Boyd also fits MM's system better than Simms does.

a57se
a57se

@jaym  

Simms has the best arm on the team as far as I can tell but that doesn't make him the best QB or the best fit for what we are trying to do on offense. Rex seems infatuated with dual-threat QB's and Boyd fits that role better than Simms does.

I don't share Rex' infatuation with dual-threat QB's as they tend to be mediocre passers of the ball like Vick or worse........

a57se
a57se

@Marcus Armstrong @a57se 

I don't recall that but great! That shows it can be done which doesn't diminish the difficulty in doing so.