Byrd enters his third season with the Saints after rebounding from a knee injury that limited him to four contests in 2014, to play in 2015’s final 13 games with 12 starts at free safety. He finished his second campaign in New Orleans with 59 tackles (40 solo), his first interception as a Saint, one sack, three passes defensed, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. Over his first seven NFL seasons, Byrd has appeared in 90 games with 82 starts and recorded 440 stops (317 solo), four sacks, 23 interceptions, with two brought back for touchdowns, 38 passes defensed, 14 forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries.
NFL CAREER – Byrd enters his third season with the Saints after rebounding from a knee injury that limited him to four contests in 2014, to play in 2015’s final 13 games with 12 starts at free safety. He finished his second campaign in New Orleans with 59 tackles (40 solo), his first interception as a Saint, one sack, three passes defensed, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. Over his first seven NFL seasons, Byrd has appeared in 90 games with 82 starts and recorded 440 stops (317 solo), four sacks, 23 interceptions, with two brought back for touchdowns, 38 passes defensed, 14 forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS – Placed on Injured Reserve by New Orleans Saints, 10/7/14; Agreed to terms with Saints on a six-year contract (UFA-BUF), 2/14/14; Re-signed by Buffalo Bills to one-year contract as Franchise Player, 8/20/13; Designated Franchise Player by Buffalo, 3/1/13; Placed on Injured Reserve by Buffalo, 12/23/09; Signed by Buffalo to four-year contract, 7/29/09; Selected by Buffalo in the second round (42nd overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft.
HONORS – 2013: Pro Bowl; Associated Press second-team All-Pro; 2012: Pro Bowl; AP second-team All-Pro; The Sporting News first-team All-Pro; NFC Defensive Player of the Week (Week Six); GMC Never Say Never Moment of the Week (Week 12); 2010: Bills Ed Block Courage Award Winner; The Sporting News Top 25 Under 25; 2009: Pro Bowl; The Sporting News second-team All-Pro; NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month (October); All-Rookie (Pro Football Weekly/Pro Football Writers of America, The Sporting News, Football Outsiders, Dallas Morning News).
2015 – After missing the first three games (knee), returned to appear in 13 contests with starts in the final 12 at FS, finishing with 59 tackles (40 solo), one sack, one interception returned for 24 yards, three passes defensed, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery…Made his season-debut vs. Dallas, Oct. 4, posting four tackles (two solo)…Made first start of the season at Philadelphia, Oct. 11, recording five tackles (three solo) and one pass defensed…Totaled four tackles (three solo) vs. Atlanta, Oct. 15…Vs. N.Y. Giants, Nov. 1, tallied six tackles (three solo), one forced fumble and one fumble recovery…Recorded season-high 10 tackles (six solo) vs. Tennessee, Nov. 8…At Washington, Nov. 15, posted four tackles, including his first sack as a Saint and fourth of his career…At Houston, Nov. 29, recorded eight tackles (five solo), a forced fumble, his first interception as a Saint and 23rd of his career and one pass defensed…Posted six tackles (four solo) vs. Carolina, Dec. 6…Started at Tampa Bay, Dec. 13, and saw action on special teams and recorded five tackles (four solo) and a pass defensed and returned a punt for one yard…In season finale at Atlanta, 1/3/16, caught a punt for a fair catch. 2014 – Started first four games at FS, before suffering season-ending knee injury in practice that required surgery. Finished with 29 tackles (21 solo), one pass defensed and one forced fumble…Stripped WR Julio Jones of the ball to go with six tackles (five solo) in his Saints debut at Atlanta, Sept. 7. 2013 – Played in 11 games with nine starts after missing the first five games (foot). Finished the season with 48 tackles and four interceptions and named to third Pro Bowl…Made his first start of 2013 at New Orleans, Oct. 27 and produced three tackles and a pass defensed…Totaled four tackles vs. Kansas City, Nov. 3, as the defense yielded 115 passing yards…Posted his first interception of the season which led to a Bills FG at Pittsburgh, Nov. 10…Became first Bill ever and only player in week 11 to produce two interceptions and one sack vs. N.Y. Jets, Nov. 17. Helped pass defense yield a season-low 12 completions and added four tackles, including one stop for a loss, a quarterback hit and two passes defensed…Totaled season-high nine tackles vs. Atlanta, Dec. 1…Recorded fourth interception of 2013 and added four tackles at Tampa Bay, Dec. 8…Totaled six tackles at Jacksonville, Dec. 15…Recorded two stops as pass defense yielded season-low 89 passing yards vs. Miami, Dec. 22. 2012 – Started all 16 games for Bills. Led team with five interceptions, recording 76 tackles (53 solo), four forced fumbles and six passes defensed. Selected to Pro Bowl…Recorded first pick of season and tied for a team-high seven tackles vs. Kansas City, Sept. 16…Forced two fumbles and had a fumble recovery with the first strip and recovery being converted into a touchdown on the ensuing possession vs. New England, Sept. 30…Totaled three stops (one solo) at San Francisco, Oct. 7…Posted two interceptions and helped seal the win with his overtime return that set the offense up at the Arizona six-yard line at Arizona, Oct. 14. Rian Lindell kicked the game-winning FG on the ensuing possession. Added four tackles, a stop for loss and two passes defensed…Posted six tackles and one forced fumble vs. Tennessee, Oct. 21…Totaled four tackles at New England, Nov. 11…Halted a fourth quarter Miami drive with his fourth interception of the season vs. Miami, Nov. 15. Also had a first quarter fumble recovery…Tied for team-lead with six tackles, including a stop for loss at Indianapolis, Nov. 25…Posted first interception of season to halt Jaguars’ final drive vs. Jacksonville, Dec. 2…Totaled four tackles and one forced fumble at Miami, Dec. 23. Byrd’s four forced fumbles on the season were the most by a Bills defender since Aaron Schobel (5-2007). 2011 – Started all 16 games and recorded 98 tackles (75 solo), one sack, three interceptions, eight passes defensed, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery…Posted five tackles, including one stop for loss and helped the Buffalo defense hold the Chiefs to only119 net passing yards at Kansas City, Sept. 11…Led the Buffalo secondary with ten tackles vs. Oakland, Sept. 18…Posted a game-high and career-high 12 tackles and also added two passes defensed vs. New England, Sept. 25…Forced one fumble and recovered the ball from Eagles WR Jason Avant in third quarter, while adding eight tackles including one for loss vs. Philadelphia, Oct. 9…Posted four tackles at N.Y. Giants, Oct. 16…Registered first interception and sack of season vs. Washington, Oct. 30 and added four tackles…Recorded his second interception of season and added six tackles vs. N.Y. Jets, Nov. 6…Tied for game-high eight tackles and forced a fumble at Dallas, Nov. 13…Led defensive backs with nine tackles including one stop for loss vs. Tennessee, Dec. 4…Scored on a 37-yard interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter, adding seven tackles and one pass defensed vs. Denver, Dec. 24, as the Bills held Tim Tebow to a 35.4 rating. 2010 – Appeared in all 16 games with 14 starts for Bills. Recorded 88 tackles (61 solo), four passes defensed, one sack, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one interception…Posted seven tackles and also recorded his first career fumble recovery, which resulted in a touchdown, the team’s first turnover of the season at New England, Sept. 26…Posted 10 tackles vs. Chicago, Nov. 7…Produced 11 tackles and a forced fumble and fumble recovery that led to Buffalo FG and tied game at 13 in fourth quarter vs. Pittsburgh, Nov. 28…Forced career-high two fumbles and added eight tackles vs. Cleveland, Dec. 12…Recorded first sack of career and added four solo tackles, a tackle for loss and a QB hit at Miami, Dec. 19. 2009 – Appeared in 14 games with 11 starts as a rookie and finished with 42 tackles (30 solo), nine interceptions to tie for NFL lead and 11 passes defensed. Third Bills rookie to be selected to Pro Bowl…Made his first career NFL start as the team’s fifth defensive back vs. New Orleans, Sept. 27 and totaled five tackles…Made first career start at FS at Miami, Oct. 4 and made three solo tackles and a pass defensed…Posted first career interception and led Bills defensive backs with seven tackles vs. Cleveland, Oct. 11…Posted first multi-interception game (2) at N. Y. Jets, Oct. 18. Second interception led to Buffalo’s game-tying touchdown in third quarter. Became the first Bills rookie with interceptions in consecutive games since Nate Clements in 2001 (games 14-15). And became first Bills rookie with three picks in season since Clements in 2001…Recorded two interceptions which led to both Buffalo touchdowns at Carolina, Oct. 25. Became fifth Bill to post multiple interceptions in consecutive weeks and first since Kurt Schulz in 1996 (two vs. Cincinnati, 11/17/96; two vs. N.Y. Jets, 11/24/96). First NFL rookie to post two-plus interceptions in consecutive games since Everson Walls (Dallas) in 1981. Also became the first NFL rookie with five interceptions in a calendar month since Mark Carrier (Chicago) in 1990…Totaled two interceptions and five tackles vs. Houston, Nov. 1. Became first rookie and second NFL player to have three consecutive multi-interception games (joining Dave Baker (SF) 1960, games 8-10). Became the fourth Bill with three multi-INT games in one season (Archie Matsos (4-1960), Billy Atkins (4-1961) and Tom Janik (3-1966)…Recorded an interception for the fifth consecutive game, setting a new Buffalo Bills team record at Tennessee, Nov. 15. Became the second NFL player since 1970 to record an interception in five consecutive games in his first NFL season (Kansas City’s Eric Harris, 1980)…Posted his ninth interception of the season and set the team’s rookie interception record at Kansas City, Dec. 13…Placed on Injured Reserve, Dec. 23.
COLLEGE – Started each of final 37 contests during a 39-game career at LCB, recording 203 tackles (143 solo), six stops for losses of 17 yards, four forced fumbles and two recoveries. Deflected 53 passes, leaving school ranked fourth in Ducks history…Gained 113 yards on 17 interception returns (6.6 avg.), as he departed Oregon with his pick total tied for second on the school career-record list…Political science major.
PERSONAL – Prepped at Clayton (Mo.) HS, where he was named the State’s 4A Offensive Player of the Year in leading the Greyhounds to the 2004 Missouri State championship, playing QB, S, WR and on special teams…Ranked fourth in the state of Missouri in scoring (158 points), including 26 touchdowns, rushing for 1,480 yards (ranked seventh in the state) and averaging 8.8 yards per carry…Also passed for another 1,038 yards (65-of-128) and 13 scores...Afforded first-team defensive All-State accolades as team’s second-leading tackler with 71 stops, seven interceptions (ranked fifth in the state), three sacks and two fumble recoveries...Completed the package with six catches for 125 yards (20.8 avg.), 10 kickoff returns (30.1 avg.), 15 returned punts (13.3 avg.) in addition to punting 18 times for a 37.6-yard clip…Son of Marilyn and Gill Byrd, Sr…Father was a 1983 first-round draft pick out of San Jose State and a two-time Pro Bowl selection while playing CB for the San Diego Chargers (1983-92)…Gill Sr. went on to join the coaching ranks serving as the secondary coach for the St. Louis Rams (2003-05) before joining the Chicago Bears (2006-12) as a defensive quality control coach…He was most recently the cornerbacks coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2014-15)…Older brother, Gill, Jr. was a DB at New Mexico State (2004-06)…Has participated in numerous community initiatives throughout his career, including his visit to the Ochsner Medical Center to spread holiday cheer and deliver gifts to pediatric, cancer and transplant patients in 2015…Born Jairus Keelon Byrd in San Diego, CA.
Saints safety Jairus Byrd met with media Friday, Dec. 30 and talked about the challenge the Saints' secondary faces this Sunday in containing the Atlanta Falcons passing attack (New Orleans Saints Video)
New Orleans Saints safety Jairus Byrd picks off Jameis Winston for a second time.
New Orleans Saints safety Jairus Byrd picks off Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston.
Saints safety Jarius Byrd met with media Wednesday, Dec. 14 and previewed the challenge the defense faces against the Arizona Cardinals offense this Sunday (New Orleans Saints Video)