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Jairus Byrd

28-Year-Old Safety – New Orleans Saints

2014 Defensive Stats

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2015 Fantasy Football Outlook

Byrd signed a whopping six-year, $54 million contract ($28 million guaranteed) with the Saints last March, but missed most of the 2014 preseason after undergoing offseason back surgery. He returned to...

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2015 ADP:

IDP Rank: Hidden

Bye Week:  11

STATUS:  Out  (PUP-P)     INJURY:  Knee
HT: 5' 10"   WT: 203   DOB: 10/7/1986
College: Oregon  DRAFTED: 2nd Rd   Show ContractHide Contract

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Jairus Byrd Contract Information:

Signed a six-year, $54 million contract ($28 million guaranteed) with the Saints in March 2014.

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Byrd (knee) has been placed on the Saints' preseason PUP list, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

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Jairus Byrd NFL Stats
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  Tackles Defensive Stats Fumbles Kick Ret Punt Ret
Year Age Team G Tackles Solo Assist Sacks PDef Int TD Forced Recovered Yds TD Yds TD
2009 22 11 - 34 - 0 - 8 0 - 0 - - - -
2010 23 Buf 16 88 61 27 1 2 1 1 3 2 0 0 0 0
2011 24 Buf 16 98 75 23 1 8 3 1 3 1 0 0 0 0
2012 25 Buf 16 76 53 23 0 6 5 0 4 2 0 0 0 0
2013 26 Buf 11 48 37 11 1 6 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
2014 27 NO 4 22 17 5 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
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Age is determined on September 1st of each season.

Jairus Byrd – Playing Time Overview

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#1 Free Safety

Snap Count Stats

267

Defensive Snaps in 2014

Jairus Byrd was on the field for 267 of his team's snaps on defense in 2014.

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Special Teams Snaps in 2014

Jairus Byrd was on the field for 19 of his team's snaps on special teams in 2014.

Year Def ST
2012 1024 123
2013 613 56
2014 267 19
Jairus Byrd 2014 Game Log
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  Snap Count Tackles Defensive Stats Fumbles Kick Ret Punt Ret
Week Opp Def ST Tackles Solo Assist Sacks PDef Int TD Forced Recovered Yds TD Yds TD
1 @Atl 70 0 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
2 @Cle 75 7 4 1 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Min 56 5 6 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 @Dal 66 7 7 6 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 TB
6 @Det
7 GB
8 @Car
9 SF
10 Cin
11 Bal
12 @Pit
13 Car
14 @Chi
15 Atl
16 @TB

A blank stat line is used above whenever a player was not on the field for any plays in the game that week.

Measurables Overview for Jairus Byrd
As Compared To Other Safeties
Height:   5' 10"
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Weight:   203 lbs
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Jairus Byrd: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Byrd (knee) is a few weeks away from being at full strength after suffering a season-ending meniscus tear in his knee last year, FOX Sports reports. "He's doing well," head coach Sean Payton said. "His rehab is on schedule. He'll be cleared for minicamp. We're looking at about two or three weeks from him being 100 percent."

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The Saints have placed Byrd (knee) on IR.

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Byrd made seven tackles (six solo) and defended one pass in Sunday's loss to the Cowboys.

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Byrd made six tackles (five solo) in Sunday's win against the Vikings.

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After undergoing back surgery in May, Byrd made his preseason debut for the Saints, racking up one tackle in Saturday's exhibition contest against the Colts.

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Byrd (back) is expected to make his Saints' preseason debut Saturday against the Colts, ESPN reports.

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Byrd has been practicing on a limited basis since being activated from New Orleans' PUP list three weeks ago, but Tuesday marked the safety's first full-contact action since undergoing back surgery in May. With minimal restrictions left, the Saints are expected to start Byrd in Saturday's exhibition outing, although his playing time will probably be closely monitored. Nonetheless, it'll be good for Byrd to gain game experience in defensive coordinator Rob Ryan's scheme before the regular season kicks off, as Byrd and rising second-year player Kenny Vacarro figure to comprise one of the league's premier safety tandems.
Byrd (back) featured in the Saints' walkthrough to begin Tuesday's practice, resulting in him being removed from the Saints' PUP list, ESPN reports.

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Byrd (back), according to Saints coach Sean Payton, should be practicing "soon than later", NFL.com reports.

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2014

The Bills were unable to convince Byrd to return to Buffalo after playing on the franchise tag in 2013, so he headed for New Orleans in the offseason. He'll start alongside Kenny Vaccaro this year, giving the Saints what might be the most formidable safety duo in the league. So long as he's able to move past the plantar fasciitis he dealt with in 2013, Byrd will be out to reestablish himself as one of the league's elite turnover threats at safety. He headed into last season with 17 interceptions in four years, returning two for touchdowns. It's probably unreasonable to expect enormous tackle production from Byrd – the Saints played fewer defensive snaps than any other team in the league last year and Byrd averaged just 87 tackles per season from 2010 through 2012 – but he should post adequate tackle numbers while providing top-notch interception potential. New Orleans' opponents will need to throw constantly to keep up with the Drew Brees-led offense, and Byrd might be the best in the league at baiting quarterbacks into making ill-advised throws.

2013

Byrd doesn't post outrageous tackle numbers, but he might be the most well-rounded DB when it comes to producing in both the tackle and turnover categories, thanks to his career average of 4.5 interceptions and 2.5 forced fumbles per season. Byrd has always been a ball hawk – he even intercepted 17 passes as a cornerback in his three years at Oregon. None of this is to say Byrd is a turnover specialist with low tackle totals – Byrd had 98 tackles in 2011, and his career average of 77 per season makes him entirely sufficient in the category. Byrd missed mandatory minicamp due to a contract dispute, which could also threaten his training camp.

2012

He’s no George Wilson, but Byrd is one of the best IDP targets among defensive backs entering 2012. A former college cornerback who initially made his mark in the NFL with low-tackle, high-interception totals, Byrd has rounded out his game in the last two years and become a steady source of tackle production, remaining a threat in coverage all the while. Byrd finished 2011 with 98 tackles (75 solo), one sack, three interceptions (one of which was returned for a touchdown) and three forced fumbles. Byrd strikes a good balance between his early-career interception totals and his recently improved tackle numbers, making him one of the more reliable defensive back targets on the board. His upside is pretty high given that the Bills' defensive line is so good and could be forcing a lot of errant passes.

2011

While Byrd is generally a promising player, his production thus far in his career has been unusual. During his rookie year, he was a magnet when the football was in the air (nine interceptions in 14 games) but was allergic to the ball when someone was running with it (45 tackles). In 2010, Byrd's game inverted as he totaled 89 tackles (62 solo) with just one interception. If he could strike some balance he'd have the look of an elite safety, but until then he carries a bit of risk.

2010

Byrd made the Pro Bowl in an impressive rookie season that ended with nine interceptions, tied for the league high. However, his season also ended early with a torn labrum. He's recovered well and should be close to 100 percent by the time the regular season rolls around. He's expected to start at free safety, where he should be able to continue his ball-hawking ways, which go back far beyond his fine rookie season, though his tackles will probably stay in check because stopping the run really isn't his main weapon right now, plus the Bills have a lot of depth at safety and will rotate frequently.

2009

Byrd was one of the team's two second-round selections in 2009 and was considered one of the top underclassmen corners in the draft. However, he'll switch to safety with the Bills. Right now, Donte Whitner and Bryan Scott are the two starters at safety, though eventually the team expects Byrd to earn a starting role. Keep an eye on him if he does, because he has good ball-hawking skills. Byrd intercepted 17 passes, broke up 53 more, forced four fumbles and recovered two fumbles in three seasons with Oregon.