JAIRUS BYRD NEWS

Two Different Stars Align in Saints Training Camp

Well, training camp is done. All four of the preseason games are in the books. By the time you read this, Mickey Loomis and Sean Payton will have put the finishing touches on the final 53-man roster. In essence, the only thing left is to face off against those "Dirty Birds" and tee it up, right? Here in the South, we practically consider Opening Day as an unofficial holiday...
Via Pro Football Spot
2 days ago  |  Discuss

What are the odds the Atlanta Falcons can upset the Saints Week 1?

Real football is just eight short days away and we couldn’t be more excited. This year the Atlanta Falcons open their campaign at home against the division rival New Orleans Saints. Last season the Falcons were bit hard by the injury bug: key offensive pieces like Roddy White, Julio Jones and Steven Jackson all missed extended time. The result was an underwhelming 4-12 season that...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

5 things to watch for in the New Orleans Saints preseason finale

Can we be honest for two seconds? Nobody cares about Week 4 of the preseason. Most of the players have a pretty good idea of whether or not they’ll make the team, and for the few positional battles that do truly come down to the last game those players very rarely impact games on a week-to-week basis. However, there are a few things to keep an eye on if you are in fact going to...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Game Recap: New Orleans Saints look like the NFL’s best

The Saints continued to roll through their preseason schedule in their ‘dress rehearsal’ matchup, downing the Indianapolis Colts 23-17. MVP – Drew Brees Plenty of choices for MVP out of this one, but I think we have to give the first of many of these designations to number nine. Brees was magnificent in his quarter of work, proving to all the doubters that A.) his oblique...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

11 New Orleans Saints on the path to the Pro Bowl

Every player on this list would rather play in the Super Bowl this year than the Pro Bowl, but they can still be credited with the nomination without actually appearing in it.  Even so, if by some tragedy the New Orleans Saints do not make it to the big game the Pro Bowl is a satisfying reward for the roster’s best players. Photo credit:  Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports. Defense...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Byrd eager to test back, mesh with Saints defense

MANDEVILLE, La. (AP) Saints safety Jairus Byrd has rarely been so eager to hit and be hit, if only to reassure himself that his surgically repaired back is a healed as doctors believe. Byrd, the top free agent acquisition by New Orleans this past offseason, was cleared for contact this week, allowing him to practice at full speed and with no limitations for the first time since...
Via AP on Fox
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Saints look forward to debut of several marquee playmakers

The Saints inactive list for Saturday's clash with the Indianapolis Colts looks to be much shorter than in the past two pre-season games. The Black and Gold is looking forward to seeing several marquee playmakers in action for the first time, including wide receiver Kenny Stills, safety Jairus Byrd and quarterback Drew Brees. "I think everybody's trying to get in on...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Top offseason acquisition for New Orleans Saints will debut Saturday

When the New Orleans Saints signed free safety Jairus Byrd to a six-year, $53 million contract in March, they imagined that they’d be getting an instant difference maker in their defensive backfield. As it turned out, they’d have to wait several months to see him in action as Byrd recovered from back surgery. Yesterday Byrd finally saw the practice field and it didn’t take...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

New Orleans Saints: Safety trio can be special

Recently, New Orleans Saints’ prized free agent Jairus Byrd said that he and Kenny Vaccaro as a safety duo “stand right at the top.” Saying they are number one is difficult to claim with the Seattle Seahawks still around, but as far as tandems east of Seattle he may have a strong case. Regardless, Vaccaro and Byrd, along with Rafael Bush are a nice set to have. With the addition...
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July 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Will Jairus Byrd's return help the Saints force more turnovers this season?

There's no question New Orleans Saints safety Jairus Byrd was signed to fix one of the team's weak areas. Last season the Saints ranked in the bottom of the league in forced turnovers, while Byrd has 22 career interceptions and 11 forced fumbles. However, the excitement of Byrd's signing was put on hold after he missed all of OTAs following back surgery.
Via Pro Sports Daily
July 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Camp Summary: Jairus Byrd takes flight, Brandin Cooks makes his mark

Tuesday saw the beginning of a new era in the Saints defensive backfield, with record-breaking signee Jairus Byrd taking the field for the first time this year with Kenny Vaccaro. .@KennyVaccaro4 and @jairusbyrd #SaintsCamp pic.twitter.com/YN207pLIrT — New Orleans Saints (@Saints) July 29, 2014 Byrd was recovering from minor back surgery up until this point, and he was greeted...
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July 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Jairus Byrd (back) off PUP list, at Saints walkthrough

The New Orleans Saints have their high-priced free agent acquisition on the field. The team tweeted out a Vine of Jairus Byrd at Tuesday morning's walkthrough, meaning the safety is off the physically unable to perform list. Byrd underwent back surgery in May, not long after signing a lucrative six-year, $56 million contract with the Saints.
Via Pro Sports Daily
July 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Jairus Byrd activated off the Physically Unable to Perform list

The big piece of news this morning at practice was the return of Jairus Byrd, who came off of the “PUP” list. Byrd underwent back surgery recently and was listed as “day to day”, but while the procedure was described as “minor” it’s always a bit unsettling to hear the words back and surgery together. Byrd was immediately thrust into his starting role with the 1s in...
Via The Saints Nation
July 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Saints Injury Update: Jairus Byrd is week-to-week

The New Orleans Saints signed free agent safety Jairus Byrd to a 6 year deal this offseason. Byrd had to undergo surgery in May of this year to relieve a disc issue in his back. ESPN's Mike Triplett reported early this week that Byrd seems to be on schedule to return to the team shortly. Getty Images Byrd was hopeful to return to the Saints before the start...
Via NFL Injury Report
July 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Shots fired: New Orleans Saints S Jairus Byrd named top-10 overrated player in NFL

Yesterday, the fine folks at Grantland released the second half of their annual NFL trade value list, which ranks each player in the league based on how much interest they would garner on the open market. It’s an interesting list, one that is fun to compare with a similar piece cover32 posted earlier in the offseason. While there were plenty of similarities between the two...
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July 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Power Rankings: New Orleans Saints have one of least intriguing camps in NFL

Training camps are officially underway, with the Bills and Giants already going through two-a-day practices, and the rest of the league set to start at various times this week. As a result, excitement about the upcoming NFL season is at a fever pitch; 32 different fan bases believe their team can have a special year. But in reality, not all teams are created equal. And as a result...
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July 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Jairus Byrd’s return flight to the field is on schedule

There are plenty of reasons to be stoked about the 2014 NFL season for New Orleans Saints fans, and the biggest one hasn’t even seen the field yet. In May the Saints signed free agent Jairus Byrd to a massive long-term contract which made him the highest paid safety in the NFL. Earl Thomas of the Seahawks later signed a larger deal which pays him more annually, but the total value...
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July 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Saints' Jairus Byrd remains on schedule

New Orleans Saints safety Jairus Byrd's recovery from back surgery has gone as expected this summer, according to a league source. Byrd is expected to be healthy enough to participate in training camp, though it’s unknown if he will be limited when the Saints begin practicing Friday at the Greenbrier resort in West Virginia. Obviously there’s a good chance the Saints will...
Via Pro Sports Daily
July 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Jairus Byrd’s recovery from back surgery has gone as expected

According to Mike Triplett of ESPN.com, Saints safety Jairus Byrd’s recovery from back surgery as gone as expected. #Saints S Jairus Byrd recovery from back surgery has gone as expected, per league source. Unknown if hell be limited to start training camp. — Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) July 21, 2014 var ACE_AR = {Site: '898551', Size: '468060', CallType...
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July 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Jimmy Graham ruled a tight end

New Orleans Saints star Jimmy Graham will be tagged as a tight end. Arbitrator Stephen Burbank ruled Wednesday that Graham is indeed a tight end and not a wide receiver, reports NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. The Jimmy Graham decision is out. Burbank has ruled he’s a tight end. The Saints have won — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 2, 2014 The NFL Players Association filed a grievance on...
Via Sports-Glory
July 02, 2014  |  Discuss

New Orleans Saints safety Jairus Byrd named top-3 in NFL

Typically speaking, sports fans tend to worry about two things – the past and the future. They’ll debate who was the greatest player of all-time, while also spending hours discussing whether or not a rookie is going to be develop into an All-Pro. Both are fun exercises, things that keep fans engaged and the beer flowing at the local tavern. But they miss out on what is most important...
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June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Drew Brees thinks Saints are Super Bowl-ready

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees doesn’t see any reason why he can’t win his second Super Bowl ring as he enters his 14th NFL season. “We have as good a chance as anybody,” Brees told USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday. “We still have a lot of work to do. But I know this: we are an extremely well-coached football team. We’ve got one of the best head coaches in the league...
Via Sports-Glory
June 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Things To Look Forward To: The Saints Defense, Part 2 of 4

The header image showing Jairus Byrd edited into a Saints jersey is courtesy of discoloredcurrenc of SaintsReport.com. The New Orleans Saints turned the football world on its head when the NFL free agency period began on March 11, 2014 and they immediately signed Jairus Byrd to the largest contract for a safety in the history of football, destroying the belief held by media pundits...
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June 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Grading the Draft: New Orleans Saints edition

Sports Ruckus writer Jessie Peel has graded the entire NFC South, and while some Saint fans might not like his grading, he has some very valid points.  Let’s see what the Saints finished with. New Orleans Saints Draft Needs: CB, LB, WR, DE Key Additions: FS Jairus Byrd (six years, $54 million), OT Zach Strief (five years, $20 […] The post Grading the Draft: New Orleans Saints...
Via NFL Draft Diamonds
June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

What are the expectations of Jairus Byrd?

What made me think of the Jairus Byrd expectations was the 2009 Saints’ team. When Sharper came in, the expectations from him were similar to what I feel like the expectations of Champ Bailey are right now; An old vet signing to make a slight impact while also teaching the young guys (the last part didn’t really pan out with Malcolm Jenkins, though). I haven’t spoken with anyone...
Via The Saints Nation
June 03, 2014  |  Discuss
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