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Tajh Boyd released by Pittsburgh Steelers as NFL career takes further hit

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Hearing your name called during the NFL draft is no guarantee that you will forge a career in the pro leagues - a fact that former Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd is learning the hard way.

Selected in the sixth round of the 2014 Draft by the New York Jets, the college star failed to make the team's roster for the regular season.


And now, almost exactly 12 months on from that setback, Boyd has again found himself out of a job after the Pittsburgh Steelers confirmed his release on Tuesday morning.


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Boyd signed a deal with the Steelers back in March to compete alongside Landry Jones in a depth chart led by Ben Roethlisberger and Bruce Gradkowski. Unfortunately, despite Jones failing to light things up during Pittsburgh's two preseason games so far and Gradkowski being injured, Boyd clearly failed to make up any ground.

Indeed, having failed to register a single snap over the past week, Boyd's NFL career now looks in considerable trouble with two teams parting ways during the preseason in consecutive years.

According to Steelers beat reporter Dale Lolley, the quarterback has severe issues in practice that left today's move almost inevitable.

Tajh Boyd's failure to make the grade in the NFL so far will surprise those who watched him perform so well for Clemson as a three year starter. He entered the league having set school and conference records for passing yards (11,904) and touchdown passes (107).

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