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Byrd can’t duplicate defensive calls solo

Posted by Chris Brown on June 22, 2009 – 7:15 am

When I spoke with Jairus Byrd at the end of his week of watching film I asked him when home if he’d be able to duplicate some of the defensive calls on the field by himself to begin to apply his assignments to the field. I thought without an offense you probably can’t, but wanted to make sure.

Byrd gave me the answer I thought he would.

“It’s just going to be regular training,” said Byrd of his physical regimen between now and camp. “It’s hard to duplicate a football scheme unless you have an offense and 11 guys working together (defensively). It’s pretty much just hitting the books and doing some drills on your own.”

In the week he spent at One Bills Drive going over film there were some long sessions. I walked by the defensive backs meeting room a couple of times one day last week and you could hear the murmur of conversations between Byrd and coach Catavolos about the film they were watching together.

That one day specifically the film session went for more than three hours. So calling it a cram session for Byrd would probably be an understatement.

Still knowing his dad Gill Byrd (2-time Pro Bowl cornerback) was a student of the game and that Jairus has played free safety before, I still think he has a shot to push for a starting role in camp despite the time he’s missed.


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