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Bills roundup: Jairus Byrd a hungry ball hawk

By Tim Graham

Chris Brown from BuffaloBills.com takes an in-depth look at safety Jairus Byrd's ball-hawking tendencies.

As the article explains, Byrd's knack for turnovers is part natural ability, part mentality.

"I always want to continue to do what I do, get my hands on balls," Byrd told the team's official website. "I want to score when I get interceptions. I want to get more turnovers and punch the ball out, but I think the mental part of the game is big. Anytime you start progressing the thing that separates you is just anticipation and just the mental part of the game. That can develop along with the physical stuff, but the mental game is what takes you over [the top]."

The story is an interesting read that also gathers input from defensive backs coach George Catavolos and safety George Wilson.

Elsewhere around the cyberyard:

* BuffaloRumblings.com writer Aaron Lowinger, using data from Football Outsiders, takes a look at kicker Rian Lindell's effectiveness from long range.

* Bleacher Report blogger Erik Frenz scans the Bills roster and finds only one potential Hall of Famer.

* Josh Bauer of Buffalo Rising delivers his Bills-oriented 2012 fantasy football preview.

* Who can argue with this Univision story that shares Jim Kelly's thoughts about Ryan Fitzpatrick's importance?

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

@ByTimGraham | tgraham@buffnews.com


Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

@gggaughan | mgaughan@buffnews.com


Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

@JaySkurski | jskurski@buffnews.com

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