As per ESPN’s Mike Triplett, New Orleans Saints safety Jairus Byrd is expected to make his debut with the team against the Indianapolis Colts this Saturday.
“This is an important game, because he hasn’t been able to play in the first two,” Payton said of Saturday’s game. “Now, we’ll be smart with the reps we give him and the amount we give him, but I don’t think you can just throw the ball out there and play.”
Byrd said he’ll leave that playing time up to the coaches, but he said he feels good enough to go full speed ahead.
“The hardest thing was having patience, because you see everything moving ahead,” Byrd said. “Guys are practicing, running around, conditioning, hitting, doing the bulk of what football is. You know, it’s that journey. A lot of times coaches talk about enjoying the journey. You know, camp, no one really likes it, but it’s part of the journey. And seeing the guys, your teammates, going through that, it’s hard.
Byrd has had a tremendous buzz about him ever since the New Orleans Saints were able to sign him in free agency, a move that many never saw coming. Byrd signed a 6-year, $54 million deal. Obviously, I’ve been high on Byrd since day one, saying that he helps complete the Saints defense.
Byrd’s playing time will be determined by the coaching staff, but it’s a great sign for the team to get him back to action.