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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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.
06/01/14 - S Jairus Byrd was noticeably absent at the first organized team activity open to the media and likely won't be back on the field until the start of training camp in late July.
Byrd, the Saints' top acquisition in free agency this winter, had back surgery Thursday on a problematic disc and will miss the final two weeks of OTAs (June 3-5 and June 17-19) and a full-squad minicamp (June 10-12).
Saints coach Sean Payton made the announcement after Thursday's practice, saying the procedure will help alleviate and prevent any issues that could have cropped up during the regular season.
Payton said Byrd, who received a six-year, $54 million contract from the Saints on the first day of the free-agency signing period on March 11, has dealt with a back problem in the past and it came up again this offseason during a weightlifting session.
While Byrd wasn't experiencing any discomfort, Payton said a specialist in Los Angeles indicated surgery was an option. Payton said Byrd wouldn't have had surgery during the season and would have been treated for any symptoms he might have had.
"He didn't have any pain, but it was something we wanted to handle ... especially with his position," said Payton, who noted that Byrd will return to the team's training facility next week (June 2) to begin his rehab on the back.
"Our guess is we'll be very cautious, and hopefully get him back here and then he'll start training camp with no problem," he said. "We felt like (the surgery) would be something that would prevent any issues in the fall."
Byrd, who had 22 interceptions, 11 forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries in five seasons with the Buffalo Bills, is expected to be the ball-hawk the Saints lacked last season.
The Saints ranked second against the pass, but came up with only 19 takeaways -- the fourth-fewest in the league -- with nine in the final 14 games counting the playoffs.
04/01/14 - S Jairus Byrd was signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Saints from the Bills March 13.