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BDC 3/4: Byrd tagged Franchise Player

Posted by Bills Daily Charge on March 4, 2013 – 10:37 am

–The Buffalo Bills announced Friday that the team has designated FS Jairus Byrd as its franchise player.

Byrd has started 57 of 62 games played since joining the Bills in 2009 as a second-round (42nd overall) draft selection from Oregon. The two-time Pro Bowl selection ranks tied for third in the NFL since 2009 with 18 interceptions.

Byrd received his second Pro Bowl honor in 2012 in replace of Baltimore FS Ed Reed.

Byrd’s 2009 rookie campaign was highlighted by tying for the league lead with nine interceptions which also set a franchise rookie/first-year player record.

Sports Illustrated’s Peter King
On DE Chris Kelsay:
“Kelsay was one of the game’s underappreciated players, a fireman who played where he was told and didn’t complain. Over the last three seasons, he played every outside position in Buffalo’s 3-4 and 4-3 defenses — left end, right end, left outside linebacker and right outside linebacker. He never was a star, but he was steady, with 32.5 sacks and 147 games in 10 seasons.” – via Peter King’s Monday Morning Quarterback Column

FS Jairus Byrd finished the year tied for the AFC-lead with a team-best five interceptions and made 76 tackles (53 solo). He received AFC Defensive Player of the Week accolades in Week Six after registering two interceptions, four solo tackles and two passes defensed in the team’s 19-16 overtime win at Arizona.

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The Sports Network
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ESPN AFC East Blog
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Buffalo Sports Daily
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USA Today Blog
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Pro Football Talk
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Pro Football Weekly
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AFC East Daily
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NFL Rapid Reports
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