Ex-Clemson star Boyd adjusts to being 'small fish in a big pond again'

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After a record-setting career at Clemson, Tajh Boyd realizes he has to get back to basics after being a sixth-round draft pick of the New York Jets.

Boyd set 57 school and Atlantic Coast Conference records, finishing with 11,904 yards passing and 107 touchdowns. He also ran for 26 scores as one of college football’s most dynamic players.

But with the Jets, he’ll compete for the No. 3 job with Matt Simms, while Geno Smith and Michael Vick battle to be the starter.

Boyd says Saturday after his second practice at rookie minicamp that it’s kind of strange being “a small fish in a big pond again,” but adds that the goal is to keep getting better so that he’ll one day “emerge again as one of the bigger fish.”

FALCONS: The brother wide receiver Roddy White was shot to death outside a James Island, S.C., nightclub early Saturday.

Tyrone Moore Jr., 21, of Charleston, S.C., died of a gunshot wound, Charleston County Deputy Coroner Kimberly Rhoton said.

Moore, White’s half-brother, had lived with the Falcons player in Atlanta for several years and was attending high school there in 2008.

JETS: Coach Rex Ryan defended the character of defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman, who was accused of slapping a woman at a New Jersey restaurant.

“Dennis Thurman, I trust, I respect – I love Dennis Thurman,” an impassioned Ryan said. “As a person, it’s an honor to know Dennis. He’s a great person.”

Thurman was accused of striking a woman during a discussion Wednesday at a restaurant in Morristown.

COLTS: Coach Chuck Pagano has a simple plan for surviving the first four games without Robert Mathis.

Getting his teammates to play better.

One day after Indianapolis learned the 2013 NFL sacks champion had been suspended for violating the league’s performance-enhancing substance policy, Pagano insisted the Colts could and would survive again – this time minus their best defensive player.

“Somebody will take advantage of the opportunity to show up and play great football,” Pagano said.

SAINTS: Coach Sean Payton says the team is signing paralyzed former Tulane player Devon Walker to a free-agent contract.


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