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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10/04/17 - S Jairus Byrd, a former Pro Bowler, was signed by the Panthers. He previously played with the Bills and Saints. He has 25 career interceptions.
10/03/17 - S Jairus Byrd was signed by the Carolina Panthers on Tuesday. Byrd was released in March, three years after signing a six-year, $54 million contract with the New Orleans Saints. The 30-year-old played three seasons with the Saints (2014-16) after spending the previous five with the Buffalo Bills (2009-13). A three-time Pro Bowl selection Jairus Byrd recorded 546 tackles, 25 interceptions, 14 forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries in 106 career games with the Bills and Saints.
06/16/16 - FS Jairus Byrd again did not work in the final day of the team's three-day minicamp, but hopes to return for the start of training camp.
06/02/16 - FS Jairus Byrd, who has had knee problems since October 2014, was limited Thursday and will be for the rest of offseason workouts.
05/26/16 - FS Jairus Byrd could be limited for the rest of their offseason work.
Byrd hasn't played a full season since signing a six-year, $54 million contract with the Saints in 2014. He missed the final 12 games that season after tearing the meniscus in his knee during practice, then sat out the first three games of 2015.
Head coach Sean Payton said Byrd has been able to do some work so far in the first week of OTAs, but has been held out of team drills. He worked on the side during Thursday's practice session.
"We expect him to be ready when training camp starts," Payton said of Byrd, who had 53 tackles, an interception and three passes defensed after returning to the lineup last fall. "Right now, he's getting walk-through snaps and work off to the side.
"He's going through his rehab," he said. "It's right on schedule, so it's nothing different than what was expected."