Jairus Byrd struggling to follow up big rookie year


A year ago, Bills safety Jairus Byrd nearly won the Defensive Rookie of the Year award and he made the Pro Bowl.   On Sunday, he was benched for former wide receiver George Wilson.

Wilson recorded the first interception for a Bills defensive back all season and played over Byrd throughout the second half of Buffalo’s comeback win.  Bills coach Chan Gailey said the change wasn’t permanent.

“I don’t think we would go that far,” Gailey said via the Buffalo News.

Byrd had nine picks a year ago, but a lot of times interceptions can be largely based on luck and overrated as a measure to determine effectiveness.  Byrd just hasn’t been as effective or lucky following the groin surgery that ended his rookie year.

3 responses to “Jairus Byrd struggling to follow up big rookie year

  1. Well a handful of the picks from last season were pretty lucky (lot of overthrown balls), but my guess is he’s just had trouble adjusting to the new defensive scheme. The cover-2 they ran last year often had him in the position to snatch any overthrown passes or underthrown deep balls. His nagging groin injury kept him from practicing a lot this off-season, so as long as he can stay healthy I think he’ll put it together.

  2. Jairus Byrd was a relief, a sight for sore eyes last year. Second for ROY, solid starter and definitely did his part in keeping Buffalo’s turnover ratio on the positive side. It looked as if we had a top ten draft pick even though we plucked him in the 2nd round, 42nd overall.

    This year however, Byrd looks terrible…
    Zero interceptions, 66 tackles in ten games, hardly a star Saftey.

    Either J.B. is in the wrong place at the wrong time or he is just not what we thought…
    Last year could have been all luck, or it could be the coaching change… Dick Jauron was a DB himself, Chan Gailey an Offensively minded coach.

    No matter what, I think Buffalo should let things play out before considering any crazy changes.

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