Jets release rookie QB Tajh Boyd


Rex Ryan's handpicked draft choice was handed a pink slip Saturday.

Former Clemson star Tajh Boyd, picked in the sixth round of this year's NFL draft, was among the players cut by the New York Jets. It came as no surprise, as Boyd struggled throughout training camp, losing the No. 3 quarterback job to Matt Simms.

On draft day, Ryan admitted he wanted Boyd on the team. The coach's son, Seth, is a wide receiver at Clemson, allowing Ryan to develop a relationship with Boyd. Ryan spoke effusively of Boyd, praising his intangibles, his mobility and his ability to throw the long ball.

But it quickly became apparent Boyd was overwhelmed by the transition to a pro-style offense after years in Clemson's spread-option.

Boyd played in two preseason games, completing eight of 17 passes for 98 yards, including one touchdown and no interceptions. His passer rating was 84.9. There's always a chance he could be added to the practice squad, assuming he clears waivers.

The Jets also announced the release of running back Alex Green, tight end Chris Pantale and defensive lineman Zach Thompson. Defensive lineman Tevita Finau also was released, according to his agent.