Report: Jairus Byrd may make season debut against Cowboys

The New Orleans Saints are badly looking to get healthy heading into the Week 4 matchup against the Dallas Cowboys. Fortunately, head coach Sean Payton told WWL radio, according to Christopher Dabe of The Times-Picayune, that safety Jairus Byrd may be ready for action. "Jairus right now has been back practicing and I'm curious this week, all of us are," Payton said. "Last week...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

What Can The Saints Salvage After Their 0-3 Start?

The New Orleans Saints have shockingly made the wrong turn and have started themselves in a miserable 0-3 start. After this terrible sequence of events that has unveiled them, do the Saints give up, pull the plug, and purposely tank for the remaining 13 games? Or do they pick themselves off the ground and salvage what they still can of this season?Let's be honest here: only five...
Via Pro Football Spot
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Saints played Week 3 without a huge percentage of their salary cap

The New Orleans Saints were without Drew Brees on Sunday, but it was far, far more than just him who they were missing. As Saints fans know, the team is waiting to get players like Keenan Lewis and Jairus Byrd back on the field, but also are stuck still paying off some remaining contracts as well. Thanks to an interesting statistic from the Twitter account of Canal Street Chronicles...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Bucs-Saints inury report for Week 2

Wide receiver Mike Evans appears to be good to go for Sunday but the Bucs will be hurting on the defensive side of the ball. Full Injury report for both the Bucs and the Saints are posted below.  INJURY REPORT – Tampa Bay at New Orleans – Sunday, September 20, 2015 TAMPA BAY         Player No. Pos. Injury Game Status Bruce Carter 50 LB Ribs Questionable Mike Evans 13...
Via The Bay Cave
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Saints secondary a primary concern against Winston, Bucs

METAIRIE, La. (AP) The Saints' battered secondary has become a primary concern for New Orleans as it prepares to host the NFL's top overall draft pick, Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston. After losing their season opener in Arizona without starting cornerback Keenan Lewis or starting free safety Jairus Byrd, the Saints now must replace Byrd's replacement - veteran Rafael Bush...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: S Rafael Bush suffered torn pectoral in Week 1

The New Orleans Saints were dealt another blow after their Week 1 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. While injuries have become a major issue for the Saints this offseason, the news on safety Rafael Bush wasn't good. Bush, who started for injured Jairus Byrd, suffered a torn pectoral muscle, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com. It's unknown how much time Bush will miss this season...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Can the depleted New Orleans Saints secondary hold up?

The Saints will be in a hurry to erase the bad memories of last year’s porous defense. With expected starters Keenan Lewis and Jairus Byrd on the shelf, the league’s 25th worst pass defense of a year ago could be in dire straits. In week 1, the Saints will roll out a new secondary featuring a two-time Super Bowl champion in Brandon Browner and a CFL standout in Delvin Breaux...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

The New Orleans Saints five most important players in 2015

Ready or not, the 2015 NFL season is upon us (it begins tonight when the Pittsburgh Steelers play the defending champion New England Patriots). Sean Payton and the New Orleans Saints may wish they had a little more time—especially given the injury situation in the secondary, where Keenan Lewis is out until October and Jairus Byrd likely for the season’s first couple weeks. Add...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Saints Happy Hour Podcast: Are the Saints going to be a disaster in 2015? Plus breaking Jairus Byrd news!

It’s the Saints Happy Hour Season Preview EXTRAVAGANZA!  The boys break down: Saints 53 man roster as it is right now Should 0-4 preseason worry us? Ralph may or may not have real Jairus Byrd news Is Sean Payton about to play greatest injury fake out ever? How God Awful, Terrible Horrid, was 2014 Draft Silly Season Prediction bets that involve cat food, tennis balls and...
Via The Saints Nation
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Saints season looking bleak as team is hit hard by injuries

The season has yet to start but already the Saints are bearing the brunt of the injury bug. Looking to rebound from a very disappointing season the Saints had one of the most significant roster overhauls. Both the offseason and training camp have been tumultuous. Here’s a recount of how badly things have gone heading into week one: The best pass rusher on the team, Junior...
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September 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Saints Nation’s final 53 man roster prediction

The Saints are down to 75 players which means they’ll need to make 22 more moves to get down to 53 after the Packers game tomorrow. Here are my predictions on the final 53 below: S Jairus Byrd will remain on PUP – which means he’ll be inactive for 6 weeks and won’t count as a roster spot. CB Keenan Lewis will be placed on injured reserved with a return designation. That means...
Via The Saints Nation
September 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Saints Happy Hour Podcast: Who’s more real, Jairus Byrd or Big Bird?

The boys break down everything from the Saints awful 27-13 loss to the Houston Texans plus Roster cuts to 75 Is Saints pass rush worst in NFL? Sean Payton admits Saints 2014 draft sucked Ralph has a Junior Galette ‘Sack Truther’ quiz Is Snead making the team? Is it time to write off Jairus Byrd? Is the redzone offense really a concern? How awesome will Marcus Murphy be?...
Via The Saints Nation
September 02, 2015  |  Discuss

New Orleans Saints position preview: defensive backs

This is part four of our New Orleans Saints season preview series. This edition will take an in depth look at the defensive backs. Part one of the series focused on the quarterbacks, part two focused on the wide receivers and tight ends, and part three focused on defensive line. Jairus Byrd What we know Lots of minor and not so minor injuries kept some all five of the New Orleans...
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August 30, 2015  |  Discuss

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
August 02, 2015  |  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,"...
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July 29, 2015  |  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...
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July 29, 2015  |  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...
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July 20, 2015  |  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...
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July 16, 2015  |  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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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

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...
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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
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