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Lions working out Tajh Boyd

The Detroit Lions have reportedly decided to bring in former Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd for a workout.

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The Detroit Lions currently only have one quarterback under contract for the 2015 season. That's starter Matthew Stafford. The two quarterbacks who were behind him on the depth chart last season, Dan Orlovsky and Kellen Moore, are set to become free agents next month. Moore is a restricted free agent, so he will likely be back if the Lions want to re-sign him, but either way, only Stafford is currently under contract for 2015.

In order to add some extra depth at the quarterback position, it appears that the Lions are taking a look at signing former Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd. He's set to work out for the Lions on Tuesday, according to Rand Getlin, and he could be signed if things go well.

Boyd was a sixth-round pick of the New York Jets last year, but he was let go during the final round of cuts in August. In the preseason, he appeared in only two games, and he went 8-for-17 for 98 yards and one touchdown. Needless to say, it appears he didn't have a ton of opportunities to get on the field last summer for the Jets despite being drafted by them.

At Clemson, Boyd completed 64.3 percent of his passes and threw for nearly 12,000 yards in four years. He had 107 career touchdowns and 39 interceptions, and he also ran for 1,165 yards and 26 touchdowns.

If Boyd ends up joining the Lions, he will likely end up battling Moore for the No. 3 quarterback job. Whether it's Orlovsky or someone else, they will likely turn to a veteran for the backup spot, but Boyd could certainly have an opportunity to get himself into the mix for a roster spot at quarterback if the team decides to sign him.

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