Byrd's the word at Saints camp Tuesday

Byrd's the word at Saints camp Tuesday

POSTED: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 6:09pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 6:16pm

Tuesday, Saints safety Jairus Byrd practiced with the team for the first time this offseason. The team’s biggest offseason free-agent acquisition took part in the walkthrough part of practice in West Virginia.

He began training camp on the “physically unable to perform” list while recovering from back surgery. The Saints signed Byrd to a six-year contract worth $54 million.

The former Oregon Duck standout has made a name for himself in the NFL for causing turnovers. He made nine interceptions and forced five fumbles over the last two seasons with the Buffalo Bills.

"If that ball hits his hands he's going to catch it. But, also with that, he's very smart he can put himself in the play and he's been great all through his career,” Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan said.

Byrd’s happy to get back on the practice field, "I felt good coming back you know like Coach Payton said you know something that we wanted to be smart about. It's a long season ahead and I just want to make sure I was ready to you know go through the steps to come back and do the process right and that's what I did."

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