Jairus Byrd very quietly had a very productive 2011 season. The film reviewers and stat crunchers at Pro Football Focus however, took notice. Byrd was awarded 2nd Team All-Pro honors by PFF at the free safety position and by their count he was an eyelash from being 1st team.
Here’s what they wrote.
Free Safety: Eric Weddle, San Diego Chargers
Second Team: Jairus Byrd, Buffalo Bills
So close between the first and second team players that tossing a coin was thrown about as a way of splitting them. In the end Weddle’s superior interception count worked in his favor, with the two comparable in almost every way. The development of Byrd has been phenomenal. Overrated rookie, to underrated star safety. He should be proud of his transformation.