When the New Orleans Saints signed free safety Jairus Byrd to a six-year, $53 million contract in March, they imagined that they’d be getting an instant difference maker in their defensive backfield. As it turned out, they’d have to wait several months to see him in action as Byrd recovered from back surgery.
Yesterday Byrd finally saw the practice field and it didn’t take long for him to make an impression.
According to Mike Triplett of ESPN, Byrd put a big hit on running back Mark Ingram, and was positively glowing about it afterward:
“It definitely felt good to finally get that contact out of the way, and just getting back in the swing of things now…”
Byrd is expected to make his Saints debut on Saturday night against the Indianapolis Colts:
— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) August 20, 2014
The third preseason game is usually the one where NFL teams put the most effort in. Considered to be a “dress rehearsal” game, teams typically play their starters through most of it and the intensity is dialed up several notches.
It promises to be a good test for Byrd and the Saints secondary going against Andrew Luck’s deep corps of receivers.