Inside The Bills

Byrd talks with Polamalu, Reed

Posted by Chris Brown on December 13, 2012 – 10:54 am

As the saying goes knowledge is king. Jairus Byrd was given a wealth of football knowledge having a father that played cornerback in the NFL and went to a pair of Pro Bowls as well as an adopted “uncle” in eight-time Pro Bowl cornerback Aeneas Williams. But Byrd is always seeking more knowledge about the game, which is why he routinely texts some of the best safeties in the game.

Byrd has struck up a dialogue with the likes of Pittsburgh All-Pro safety Troy Polamalu and Baltimore perennial Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed.

“I text them and ask them questions,” Byrd told “Sometimes it’s about a common opponent that we’re both facing. It could be about a certain look, a quarterback tendency, anything.”

Byrd, who is the subject of our Bills Focus feature this week, appreciates the feedback from the two veteran safeties.

“They’re both good guys that want to give back to the game and I benefit from that,” said Byrd. “Troy is just so humble that he doesn’t provide a whole lot in the way of details and what he sees. Ed is great. He texts me right back, or he’ll call and break it all down for me. It’s great to have that kind of dialogue with them.”

The Bills free safety, who is currently second in Pro Bowl fan voting behind Reed in the AFC, doesn’t want to miss anything and believes by talking to two safeties that have seen it all he’s less likely to do so.

“I think you want to know what other guys see,” he said. “Maybe you might be missing something. Maybe they see something else. You’re studying for an opponent and maybe they saw something that you might not have seen. So I definitely talk to different guys.”

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