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Saints safety Jairus Byrd didn't have the best of starts with the team last year after signing a six-year, $54 million free-agent contract.

Byrd had off-season back-surgery, which forced him to miss most of the Saints' off-season activities. He later missed the last 12 weeks of the regular season after tearing the lateral meniscus in his knee in a practice injury.

"A lot of it, if we're really gonna go back, I would really put a lot of the blame on myself," Byrd told ESPN's Mike Triplett. "Just for the fact that, you know, look, I came in in the offseason and, boom, I had the back surgery, I was out. So that cohesion, the getting together with the guys, that's not there. Then I play a little bit in the preseason, then it's the season right away. Then we go through those growing pains -- obviously I only played the first four games, but we're still trying to figure things out, then we're already behind the eight-ball."

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