Former Humboldt State Center Signs With NY Jets

Taylor Boggs in his sophomore year at Humboldt State

Taylor Boggs’ NFL dream starts in New York.

The lynchpin of the Humboldt State University offensive line at the center position, the 6-foot-3, 300-pound Boggs didn’t get his name called during the NFL draft in late April and signed an undrafted free agent deal with the New York Jets.

Messages left for Boggs, who went to Upland High School in Upland, were not returned Tuesday, but he confirmed the news on his Facebook account: “IMA NEW YORK JET,” he wrote at 1:53 p.m.

The news was first broken by JB Mathers via Facebook. Mathers said he was with HSU football head coach Rob Smith when Smith received a text from Boggs relaying the news. Mathers also noted he received confirmation from another source.

“I’m so happy for Taylor because he’s getting the chance he deserves,” Smith told Humboldt State Sports Information. “He’s always been a blue-collar, lunch-pail guy. No one will work harder than Taylor to earn a place on an NFL roster.

“(Boggs) has the talent and the intelligence to excel in professional football. He’ll pick up the complex systems quickly.”

To reach his dream of playing professional football in the NFL, Boggs — like many other undrafted free agents — faces a daunting challenge.

Since the league finalized a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) on Monday, teams are now allowed to bring 90 players into training camps. Add into the fact that the lengthy lockout owners and players engaged in before a new CBA was finally ratified resulted in the league’s offseason becoming very truncated. Many teams have less than 20 days to prepare for its first preseason game …

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