JAIRUS BYRD NEWS

Ranking the NFC South Positional Groups: Safeties

#1 New Orleans The Saints boast some unusual depth at safety. Rob Ryan likes it that way. Jairus Byrd came to New Orleans as a highly sought, ball hawking safety, who looks to regain that title as the entire defense was amiss last year. With the corner position addressed, Byrd should be free to play on instincts. Kenny Vacarro was blunt towards the end of last year, saying that...
Via The Saints Nation
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Mickey Loomis on Marques Colston, Jairus Byrd: Concern 'not that high'

While it was previously reported that both Marques Colston and Jairus Byrd would start off training camp on the PUP list, Saints fans got some good news on Wednesday. According to Mike Triplett of ESPN, Mickey Loomis doesn't seem too concerned about the injuries. "We feel good about where those guys are at. We knew some of them would linger into the first part of training camp,"...
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Jairus Byrd, Marques Colston two of three Saints placed on PUP list

The New Orleans Saints were forced to place three on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list heading into training camp. The three players were Marques Colston, Jairus Byrd and Glenn Foster, as Evan Woodbery of NOLA.com reports. Obviously, Colston and Byrd specifically being on the list catch the eye. As Woodbery reports, Byrd's inclusion on the list may be precautionary after...
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Saints release Brodick Bunkley, place 3 players on PUP

#Saints have terminated the contract of NT Brodrick Bunkley with a failed physical designation, per wire. — Evan Woodbery (@TheSaintsBeat) July 28, 2015 #Saints have also placed 3 players on PUP list: S Jairus Byrd, WR Marques Colston and DT Glenn Foster. — Evan Woodbery (@TheSaintsBeat) July 28, 2015
Via The Saints Nation
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Saints cut Bunkley, place Colston, Byrd on PUP

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) The New Orleans Saints have released veteran defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley, citing a failed physical. The Saints, in moves made Tuesday, also have placed receiver Marques Colston, safety Jairus Byrd and defensive lineman Glenn Foster on the physically unable to perform list. Those three players remain on the active roster and could return to...
Via AP on Fox
5 days ago  |  Discuss

How Much Better Will the Saints Defense Be in 2015?

Below is an excerpt from Jake Schyvinck’s NFL Defensive Power Rankings article.  New Orleans Saints Power Ranking: 21 Click here to see full rankings The Saints are a model of inconsistency on defense.  2011 and 2012 were not very good years, with 2012 being historically bad.  Rob Ryan’s first season in 2013 was very successful, and the Saints looked like their defense could...
Via TopSportsReport
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Ranking the 2015 New Orleans Saints regular season games

The 2014 New Orleans Saints entered the season with lofty expectations.  In a single offseason they handed out contracts to sign the highest paid Tight End and Free Safety in NFL history in Jimmy Graham and Jairus Byrd. They were considered to be amongst the class of the NFC and even SB favorites in some eyes. No matter the degree of confidence you felt about the 2014 Saints, what...
Via cover32
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Ranking the NFL’s top 10 safeties

We conclude our offseason rankings series with a look at the NFL’s top 10 safeties. 1. Earl Thomas, Seattle Seahawks — The three-time first-team All-Pro is a jack-of-all-trades with unmatched range. 2. Eric Weddle, San Diego Chargers — The two-time first-team All-Pro was graded by Pro Football Focus as the best safety in football in 2014. 3. Kam Chancellor, Seattle Seahawks...
Via This Given Sunday
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Jairus Byrd has no interest in talking about rough 2014 season

To say that Jairus Byrd had a tough go of it in 2014 would be a pretty big understatement. Not only did he miss the bulk of the offseason practices after undergoing back surgery, but he also was injured early on in the 2014 season. After the brutal start to his time with the New Orleans Saints, he's looking to turn the page to a new chapter, according to Evan Woodbery of NOLA.com...
Via Fox Sports
June 18, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: New Orleans Saints Safety Jairus Byrd With the One-Handed Catch Off the Jugs Machine

If you think about it, it is a little surprising that we don't see more one-handed catch videos featuring some of the NFL's finest defensive backs. Catching is not their primary objective, but it never hurts for a safety or corner back to be good at doing what the offensive guys do. Why? Because if you can catch the ball--with one hand or two--that means the wide receiver didn't...
Via FatManWriting
June 12, 2015  |  Discuss

NFL Post-Draft Power Rankings: How Good is the Saints Defense?

View image | gettyimages.com The NFL Draft is now in the past.  Teams are finished assembling their 90-man rosters. Also, teams are beginning to get to work and are getting primed for serious offseason programs. As the draft has now concluded and NFL teams are now moving to a period of actual season preparation, we at TopSportsReport thought it’d be a good time to evaluate...
Via TopSportsReport
May 20, 2015  |  Discuss

New Orleans Saints save five million by restructuring Jairus Byrd’s contract

The New Orleans Saints’ salary cap shedding spree continues. According to a report by Field Yates of ESPN, the Saints have saved just short of $5 million off their 2015 cap number by restructuring safety Jairus Byrd‘s contract: Source: Saints clear $4.8M of cap space by converting Jairus Byrd's $6M roster bonus to signing bonus. His cap # drops from $10.3M to $5.5M. — Field...
Via cover32 - Saints
March 05, 2015  |  Discuss

How do the Saints solve their cap issues?

The New Orleans Saints currently sit a bit more $20 million over the salary cap [editor’s note: moments ago a Jairus Byrd bonus conversion has trimmed this number by $4.8 million]. It’s been trendy to label their financial situation as “a mess” and assert that they are currently experiencing “salary cap hell“. There is no question they are limited in what they can spend...
Via This Given Sunday
March 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Saints convert Jairus Byrd’s contract, save $4.8 million in cap space

With the Pierre Thomas release and now this, the Saints have saved ~$6.5 million against the cap in less than 24 hours. They were a little over $20 million over so they still have some work to do, but this move saves a nice chunk. Source: Saints clear $4.8M of cap space by converting Jairus Byrd’s $6M roster bonus to signing bonus. His cap # drops from $10.3M to $5.5M. — Field...
Via The Saints Nation
March 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Saints Free Up $4.8M In Cap Space By Reworking Jairus Byrd’s Contract

Field Yates of ESPN reports that the Saints have restructured the contract of S Jairus Byrd and in the process, freed up $4.8 million of available cap space. According to Yates, the Saints converted Byrd’s $6 million roster bonus into signing bonus. This move dropped his cap figure from $10.3 million to $5.5 million. Any move to create cap space is ...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
March 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Saints Nation’s Top 10 Plays of the 2014 Season: #10 – Jairus Byrd’s Lone Created Turnover

With the season officially over I thought I would revisit the top 10 plays of the season, much like I do every year. The first of this top 10 series comes from the first game of the season. You’ll remember the promise for turnovers that came with the signing of Jairus Byrd. Well in week 1 for just one time, we felt like that might become a reality. Byrd stripped Julio Jones of...
Via The Saints Nation
January 05, 2015  |  Discuss

10 injuries that have significantly altered the NFL season

More than any other sport, football sees injuries alter the fortunes of teams every season. Sure, baseball and hockey teams have key guys go down, but in the National Football League it is a weekly battle to avoid a crushing blow. This year has been no different, with some teams seeing more than their fair share of attrition. Below are the 10 players lost to injuries that most altered...
Via This Given Sunday
December 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Tweet of the Game: What’s Jairus Byrd up to?

If you’re anything like me, you’re curious about just what the highest paid safety in the game is up to since he won’t be playing football for the rest of 2014. His Twitter feed would suggest he’s mostly keeping up with his Alma Mater Oregon and their football season, but there’s more to it than just that. While away from the field, #saints safety Jairus Byrd is serious...
Via cover32 - Saints
November 09, 2014  |  Discuss

New Orleans Saints march into bye week with noticeable limp

On Friday we learned that Safety Jairus Byrd was being put on season-ending IR. Mark Ingram was, and still is, out indefinitely with a broken hand. Ramon Humber left the game on Sunday. And somehow an even more newsworthy injury occurred. On a reception in the second quarter, Jimmy Graham bulldozed his way down the field, careening his right shoulder perfectly into a defender’s...
Via cover32 - Saints
October 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Five things to look for in Buccaneers at Saints

Going into this game with the news of Jairus Byrd gone for the season just isn’t the same. The Saints are 1-3 and now they no longer have what the salary cap suggests is one of the team’s top 5 players. So where does that leave the Saints? I know we all like to look into our crystal ball and figure out what the final record will be, how the divisional games shake out and which...
Via The Saints Nation
October 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago Bears: Updates On 2014 Opponents

Part of winning in the NFL is keeping apprised of the schedule.  There were some interesting updates regarding the Chicago Bears opponents. All-Pro Safety Jairus Byrd Done For The Year In New Orleans People have been trying to figure out for weeks what the problems is with the New Orleans Saints defense.  After finishing 4th overall in 2013, everybody fully expected the young...
Via Sports Mockery
October 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Saints' Payton speaks to injured Byrd as a parent, not as a coach

It was a seemingly benign moment during Saints practice Thursday in Metairie. The Saints top free agent acquisition, safety Jairus Byrd, turned to try and catch a ball. Something seemed amiss though as the veteran safety crumpled to the ground. For an initial moment, Byrd and his teammates thought he had dinged his knee.    "It wasn't a contact play," head coach Sean Payton said...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
October 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Jairus Byrd out for the season with a torn meniscus

Jairus Byrd injured his meniscus (knee) at practice today and will have surgery to repair it. That means he’s headed to IR and is out for the season. While Byrd created the lone turnover the defense has to this point (a forced fumble of Julio Jones that Corey White recovered), his play was largely disappointing and certainly not worthy of what was at the time the largest contract...
Via The Saints Nation
October 03, 2014  |  Discuss

The good news continues: Jairus Byrd placed on IR

For those of you who still are not ready to panic on the Saints 2014 season, here is the latest update with the team: Sean Payton announced on Friday afternoon that safety Jairus Byrd has been placed on injured reserve for the remainder of the season. He tore his lateral meniscus in a non-contact play in practice on Thursday. He apparently was turning to catch a ball down-field when...
Via Gumbeaux Sports
October 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Saints safety Byrd has season-ending knee surgery

METARIE, La. (AP) New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton says starting free safety Jairus Byrd has had season-ending knee surgery. Payton said Friday the three-time Pro Bowler injured his lateral meniscus Thursday during a workout. Payton, who doesn't normally announce injuries, says Byrd had informed his father, Gil, an assistant with the Saints' Sunday opponent, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers...
Via AP on Fox
October 03, 2014  |  Discuss
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