The Pittsburgh Steelers signed former Clemson star quarterback Tajh Boyd to a one-year contract today, according to Boyd himself, who broke the news in a tweet to Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant, a former college teammate.
"It's a reunion," Boyd tweeted.
After throwing for 3,828 yards and 33 touchdowns as a sophomore, Boyd finished his junior season as the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year in 2012 with 3,896 yards passing and a 36-13 TD-INT ratio. He also rushed for 514 yards.
The following season, Boyd, a senior captain, threw for 3,851 yards and 34 touchdown passes to become the first quarterback in ACC history with three 30-plus TD-pass seasons. He finished his college career with 107 touchdown passes and a 32-8 career won-loss record.
The 6-0.5, 222-pounder ran a 4.86 40 at the 2014 combine and was drafted in the sixth round by the New York Jets. He played in two preseason games and completed eight of 17 passes for 98 yards and one touchdown pass, but was cut before the season and did not play last season in the NFL.
Boyd did play in the Fall Experimental Football League, a four-team league in the Boston area that hopes to some day become a feeder league for the NFL.
Not that Jones has performed so well, but the Steelers drafted him in the fourth round in 2013 and seem to believe he's made progress in the last two seasons.
Boyd would have to clearly prove himself to be the better quarterback than Jones this year, but Boyd does have the college pedigree and is praised roundly for his "terrific football character," as draft expert Nolan Nawrocki wrote of him before the 2014 draft.