Post-Draft Outlook: A closer look at the Bills' picks: Round 2/42 -- Jairus Byrd, CB/FS, 5-10, 207, Oregon...With free safety Ko Simpson falling out of favor, the Bills landed a top college cornerback who has the size and ball-hawking skills to project as a safety in the NFL. Byrd, son of former NFL Pro Bowler Gill Byrd, finished with 17 career interceptions for the Ducks, with 53 passes defended. He's a natural playmaker and a reliable tackler in the open field. Isn't a fierce hitter, however, and struggles to keep his hands free, which gets him into penalty trouble. Lack of straight-line closing speed limits his man coverage skills and makes him a better safety prospect. - by The Sports Xchange
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08/17/14 - FS Jairus Byrd, who's been brought along slowly after offseason back surgery, could be cleared to participate in team drills Monday.
WR Marques Colston was back at practice Sunday after sitting out Friday night's preseason game for an undisclosed reason.
08/16/14 - FS Jairus Byrd did not play for a second straight week as he continues to work his way back after having back surgery on May 29.
07/29/14 - S Jairus Byrd participated in his first practice with the New Orleans Saints Tuesday after passing his physical. Byrd began camp on physically unable to perform after back surgery in March.
Head coach Payton said after the team's first practice of their three-week stay at The Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia that Byrd, who had surgery on May 29 to repair a damaged disc in his back, was given the PUP designation that limited him to working with trainers on the side.
Payton said Byrd, who received a six-year, $54 million contract from the Saints on the first day of the free-agency signing period in March, was scheduled to be back before the team leaves West Virginia to return to their home base Aug. 14. His presence Tuesday was not a complete surprise.
"We'll work day to day with him," Payton said Sunday. "I think the good news is that it's going to be sooner than later. I don't want to put a time on it, but his progress is ahead of schedule. We're still just getting it to where we feel it is 100 percent."
Byrd worked mostly with trainers last week, backpedaling and changing directions to plant and charge toward the line of scrimmage in sideline drills.
Byrd's back injury was not detected in the team physical by Saints' doctors and Payton described it as "asymptomatic." He had multiple injuries with the Buffalo Bills before becoming the NFL's highest-paid safety in March.
"This is something after the doctors looked at it, and the specialists out in (Los Angeles) looked at it, (they) felt this was one scenario that would kind of take care of it rather than try to (keep managing it). If it was during the season, you wouldn't go through the procedure. You would treat it symptomatically then," Payton explained.
07/26/14 - FS Jairus Byrd, who underwent minor back surgery on May 29, was put on the active/physically unable to perform list Friday.
06/06/14 - S Jairus Byrd, who signed a six-year, $54 million contract in March, is on target to be ready for the start of training camp.
Byrd underwent a surgical procedure on his back May 29 to deal with a problematic disc.