Saints News, 4/17/14: Jairus Byrd Excited After Brainstorming With Rob Ryan

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"To have that ability with an offense that's gonna put up points and a stingy defense like that and exotic in the way Coach Ryan calls things, it's unorthodox, it's gonna keep people guessing," Byrd said when asked what attracted him to New Orleans in free agency. "That combination right there was enough."

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Jairus Byrd excited by brainstorming with Rob Ryan - ESPN
"To have that ability with an offense that's gonna put up points and a stingy defense like that and exotic in the way Coach Ryan calls things, it's unorthodox, it's gonna keep people guessing," Byrd said when asked what attracted him to New Orleans in free agency. "That combination right there was enough."

Newly-signed safety Jairus Byrd already member of Saints Nation | wwltv.com New Orleans
Though he wasn’t in full pads and a helmet, Saints fan got their first glimpse of newly-signed safety Jairus Byrd in black and gold, wearing his no. 31 Saints jersey and speaking to a group of energetic schoolchildren at Harahan Elementary Wednesday.

Saints’ Jairus Byrd: ‘Any time you play this game, you play to win it’ | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
The students of Harahan Elementary probably didn’t know much, if anything, about Jairus Byrd before Wednesday afternoon. They are, after a…

2014 NFL Draft: New Orleans Saints Spotlight - CBSSports.com
With 35-year old Drew Brees not getting any younger, the Saints' championship window is closing, making this year's draft class all that more important. New Orleans needs to find young players who can contribute as rookies, but also grow into more for the long-term, like last year's draft class that produced safety Kenny Vaccaro and left tackle Terron Armstead.

NFC South draft needs: Someone get Cam Newton a receiver! | FOX Sports on MSN
Analysis: The Saints were in a terrible position with the salary cap this offseason, but they were able to land a talented safety in Jairus Byrd, although there was also a steep cost. Drew Brees no longer has Darren Sproles, who is the most dynamic offensive player in the game, as an offensive weapon. New Orleans is a wonderful home team (it didn'€™t lose there last season), but the Saints were only 3-5 away from the dome in 2013. If they can get more balanced on offense with some sort of rushing attack, it should help.  When they won the Vince Lombardi trophy in 2009, they finished sixth in rushing at more than 130 yards per game, but last season they were only 25th at just over 90 yards per game.

What New Orleans Saints preseason game are fans most excited about?
In a poll on NewOrleansSaints.com this week, fans voted on which preseason game they’re most excited about this season

Saints bring in Goodwin for visit - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
The New Orleans Saints are considering a familiar option for their vacant center position. They brought in former starter Jonathan Goodwin for a free-

Saints morning report: Big cornerbacks - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
ESPN.com put together a great package on the NFL's trend toward bigger cornerbacks and what might be available in the draft. The New Orleans Saints a

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Darren Sharper

Officer: Darren Sharper's DNA found on 1 Arizona victim - ESPN
Former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper's DNA was found in an examination of one of two women who accuse him of drugging and sexually assaulting them at a Tempe apartment, a detective said Wednesday.

Darren Sharper's attorneys to question Arizona evidence - ESPN
Lawyers for former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper are questioning the evidence authorities are using to justify keeping him in jail without bail on charges that he drugged and sexually assaulted two women.

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NFL News

Malcolm Jenkins talks NFC East foes - Philadelphia Eagles Blog - ESPN
On the Cowboys: "A couple years ago, their scapegoat was Rob Ryan, and they got rid of him, and he was the cause of all their problems. He went to New Orleans and took the worst defense in NFL history and turned them into a top 5 defense. So he couldn’t have been the problem. And then you look at this year, I had the best seat in the house when I watched the Saints get 40 first downs in one game. Forty. In one game. So it must be the players. The offseason comes and you don’t do anything in free agency to get any big name players to come help you out, so I really don’t see the light at the end of the tunnel for this defense in improving when you got the same guys and the same coaches."

McNabb’s arrest relates to traffic citation | ProFootballTalk
Yes, former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb has been arrested in Arizona.  The details of the arrest remain largely vague. Via KTAR.com, the arrest relates to a "criminal traffic" situation.  The incident apparently occurred on January 6, with an arraignment on January 15.

Oakland hopes to work something out with Raiders before A’s | ProFootballTalk
Raiders owner Mark Davis has repeatedly said that he wants Oakland to address the team's stadium situation sooner rather than later, especially since the Raiders signed a one-year Band-Aid stadium lease through 2014. Davis apparently has gotten the city's attention.

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Video: Byrd says Saints have big plans for him | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
Saints safety Jairus Byrd, speaking to the media at Harahan Elementary School, talks about a variety of subjects, including meeting with de…

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