The #Steelers have signed WR Jarrod West & released QB Tajh Boyd.— Burt Lauten (@SteelersPRBurt) August 18, 2015
The Pittsburgh Steelers signed former Clemson QB Tajh Boyd in the offseason to give him a shot at possibly filling out the team's quarterback depth chart, as well as potentially unseating Landry Jones as the No. 3 quarterback. Those thoughts are now in the past as Boyd was released by the Steelers Tuesday as they filled his roster spot with WR Jarrod West.
Boyd had struggled through much of training camp, ball security being a paramount concern for the quarterback. Boyd did not see the field for either of the two preseason games, instead watching Jones take all of the back-up repetitions against the Minnesota Vikings and Jacksonville Jaguars.
The release of Boyd speaks to the return of Bruce Gradkowski from the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list, as well as the versatility of Tyler Murphy as a WR and potential QB if the team were in dire straits.
Newly signed Jarrod West was in camp on a try-out basis last week, but the team decided to sign David Nelson instead. Nelson is currently hampered by a shoulder injury, giving West a shot at putting himself on tape for a couple preseason games.