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S Jairus Byrd - New Orleans Saints

5-10, 207Born: 10-7-1986College: OregonDrafted: Round 2

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The crown jewel of New Orleans' 2014 free agency, Jairus Byrd has established himself as one of the best safeties in the league. A partnership in the defensive backfield with second-year player Kenny Vaccaro will allow Rob Ryan to interchange his safeties, giving Byrd more opportunities at and around the line of scrimmage. Byrd underwent back surgery in late May and the word from the team is that he will be ready for camp, but it has to be a concern. Until we know more, however, we should expect high-end DB1 totals from the veteran. (June 2)

FBG Staff Rankings

S Redraft - 18, 15, 16, 30
S Dynasty - 12, 14, 17

Stats and Projections

2011 BUF 16 75 23 1 3 1 3 8 1
2012 BUF 16 53 23 0 4 2 5 6 0
2013 BUF 11 37 11 1 1 0 4 6 0
2014 PROJ-Rudnicki 16 62 * * * * * * *
2014 PROJ-Norton 16 64 * * * * * * *

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Latest News

Saints | Jairus Byrd practices (Tue Jul 29, 04:34 PM) - New Orleans Saints FS Jairus Byrd (back) practiced for the first time this offseason Tuesday, July 29. Byrd will gradually make his way back and did not take part in full-team drills.

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Saints | Jairus Byrd injury update (Tue Jul 29, 02:13 PM) - Updating a previous report, New Orleans Saints FS Jairus Byrd (back) had surgery in the spring to create space in his spinal cord to help alleviate bruising.

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Saints | Jairus Byrd activated (Tue Jul 29, 10:42 AM) - New Orleans Saints FS Jairus Byrd (back) was activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list.

Our View: Byrd is one of the most talented safeties in the league today. Having him on the back end of the Saints defense will provide a tremendous boost. The Saints obviously believe in him as they signed him to a six-year, $54 million contract earlier this offseason.
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Saints | Jairus Byrd placed on PUP list (Fri Jul 25, 04:47 PM) - The New Orleans Saints placed FS Jairus Byrd (back) on the team's Physically Unable to Perform List Friday, July 25.

Our View: This after Saints coach Sean Payton said he expected Byrd to be cleared "sooner" than "later." Still, the hope was Byrd would be ready by camp - it wasn't an expectation. So while it feels like a setback, it isn't. He should be back before Week 1.
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Saints | Three sitting (Fri Jul 25, 09:36 AM) - New Orleans Saints FS Jairus Byrd (back), OT Tavon Rooks (back) and DT John Jenkins (pectoral) are running with trainers on the sidelines and doing individual drills Friday, July 25.

Our View: It's early, so any running is a good sign. The team will be cautious with all three - especially Byrd, their biggest off-season acquisition. We'll see plenty of them in the coming weeks though.
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