Tajh Boyd answers his Senior Bowl critics with bounce-back performance

'I want to show that I can go out here and do whatever they need me to do'

North Squad quarterback Tajh Boyd of Clemson (10) turns to hand off during Senior Bowl practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 in Mobile, Ala. (AP Photo/G.M. Andrews)

North Squad quarterback Tajh Boyd of Clemson (10) turns to hand off during Senior Bowl practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 in Mobile, Ala. (AP Photo/G.M. Andrews)

Tajh Boyd's game may not be ready-made for the NFL, but give him some time and there's a good chance he'll figure out how to get there.

Boyd's struggles with his passing accuracy has been one of the top storylines this week coming out of the Senior Bowl, which serves as an extended tryout monitored closely by every team in the NFL.

Boyd's height (officially 6-0 7/8) and inexperience in a pro-style dropback system were concerns coming into Senior Bowl week, and then he failed to distinguish himself during competition with Virginia Tech's Logan Thomas and Miami's Stephen Morris during practice sessions on Monday and Tuesday.

One respected draft analyst, Tony Pauline, quoted an unnamed Green Bay Packers scout as saying that Boyd's limitations make him “not draftable.”

Boyd stood up for himself on Wednesday, both on the field and off. He had his best practice of the week, and then talked about the process of adjusting himself to the offense being installed by the North team's Atlanta Falcons' coaching staff.

“Obviously, I think I can throw,” Boyd said. “I want to go out there and answer every question possible. There’s nothing I feel like I can’t do. I have nothing to prove to myself, but some people may question the system or how I understand certain things. I want to show that I can go out here and do whatever they need me to do.”

Boyd says that while he brings his own skill set to the table, he believes he can adapt to whatever a team needs for him to do, including running the football.

“I feel like the game of football is evolving,” Boyd said. “It’s not so much a systematic or just a pro style, because I feel like every offense at some point or another implements that type of (running style) in their offense. The Falcons do it. Matt Ryan just doesn’t run as much but they’ve got that in their arsenal and they have that in their playbook.

"Whatever a coach has on his roster, he’s going to adjust to it. He’s not going to force a guy to play in his system if it’s not built for him, so whatever team I play for, I’m going to learn the system as well as possible and just try to make the most out of it.”

While Boyd wants to use this week to show scouts what he can do, he says he knows it's best not to put too much pressure on himself.

“You can’t go out there and press,” Boyd said. “I learned that early in my career. When you press, you don’t do what you need to do. We’re not playing in a game right now, but you’ve got to be who you are....

"I just have to continue to be comfortable, not trying to go out there and do too much. We're all out here competing. I'm just going to out go out here and have the best week that I can have. The whole playbook isn't that big, but you have to get comfortable with it. With the receivers, you don't have a whole two months to work with these guys, but it's still important to make it happen."

Boyd said that so far, the Oakland Raiders are the team that's paid him the most attention.

"I think the Raiders have been showing the most interest so far,” he said. “But I have a lot of other meetings set up, so we'll just have to see how the week goes."

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tigerrob44#291802 writes:

He's not throwing the ball to Nuk Hopkins or Sammy Watkins, either. That has something to do with it. He can pass. He threw the ball high every now and then while at Clemson when he had an off day. Seemed like when he wasn't right on the money with the pass he was throwing it way over their heads. He will adjust and as far as the Packer scout talking about him I would say this: Don't worry about drafting him because someone else will and will get him at a deal more than likely and he will flourish in a year or two and some team will look like they are a bunch of smart guys.

TigerNE writes:

Boyd's media and 'analyst' critics are saying things like he has power but not accuracy, that he can't "throw to a spot", and waits too long for receivers to open up. I never knew "throwing to a spot" was a requirement in the NFL. In fact, I always thought it wasn't because the caliber of backs and safeties means it is even more dangerous.

It has also been reported that he spent over an hour with Jets staff including Ryan. So perhaps he has at least two teams interested.

tigerrob44#291802 writes:

Any NFL scout that thinks Logan Thomas is half as good as Tajh Boyd needs their brain examined and then fired from their job. He is as bad as they come. Tajh will be a steal if he goes lower than the 2nd round. Tajh has been throwing to a couple of superstar receivers for the last couple of years and they could catch anything. Once he gets on a team and starts working with the guys they have he will be as good as he was at Clemson.

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