Kevin Byard
Kevin Byard
26-Year-Old SafetyS
Tennessee Titans
2020 Fantasy Outlook
It'd normally be reckless to target a defensive back IDP who projects for fewer than 90 tackles, but Byard poses an exception, especially in leagues that award extra points for interceptions. He has 17 interceptions in his last 3,244 snaps, which is consistent with the production he showed at Middle Tennessee State, where he intercepted 19 passes in 49 games. As much as he's still vulnerable to regression, this seems to be who he is. He's probably due for a higher tackle rate than what he showed in 2019, when he averaged 0.0754 tackles per snap last year, as opposed to 0.0831 over the two years prior. It's a difference that would amount to about nine more tackles on last year's 1,114-snap workload. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a five-year, $70.5 million contract with the Titans in July of 2019.
Leads Titans with five picks
STennessee Titans
January 25, 2020
Byard recorded 84 tackles, five interceptions, nine passes defensed and two tackles for loss across 16 games with the Titans in 2019.
ANALYSIS
Byard's strong 2019 performance illustrated why the Titans made him the highest paid safety in the league prior to the season. He led the team with five interceptions and now has 17 picks in his last three seasons. The elite ballhawk will look to continue to make a claim as one of the premier safeties around the league in the 2020 season.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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In an era with many emerging standout safeties, Byard may be the unchallenged leader of them all when it comes to coverage ability. He's perhaps the most feared ballhawk in the league after picking off 12 passes the last two years. His tackle production could regress despite its initial modesty (177 in the last two years), but Byard is a rare case where the interception production appears bankable. It's the same thing he did in college at Middle Tennessee, where he intercepted an absurd 19 passes, including four returned for touchdowns.
No safety in the NFL pounces on the ball like Byard, whose eight interceptions and 16 passes defensed last year were forewarned by his superb college production at Middle Tennessee, where he snatched 19 interceptions in four years, returning four for touchdowns. His IDP utility isn't interception-dependent, however, as his 87 tackles from last year play in mainstream IDP scenarios, too. Eight interceptions a year is too much to ask, but Byard should rank at or near the top in the category most years going forward.
The 2016 third-rounder joins a deep group of safeties that includes presumed starters Da’Norris Searcy and Rashad Johnson, as well as Daimion Stafford, Marqueston Huff and Josh Aubrey. Byard’s 19 interceptions at Middle Tennessee State indicate that he possesses elite ball skills, but the Titans have the resources to bring him along slowly as he makes the adjustment from Conference USA to the NFL. While he’ll make the roster, expectations should be tempered for the rookie.
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Picks off fifth pass
STennessee Titans
December 30, 2019
Byard recorded seven tackles and also intercepted a pass in the team's Week 17 win over the Texans.
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Notches fourth pick
STennessee Titans
December 3, 2019
Byard recorded two solo tackles, a pass breakup and an interception in Sunday's 31-17 win over the Colts.
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Notches season high in tackles
STennessee Titans
November 26, 2019
Byard amassed nine tackles (four solo) in Sunday's 42-20 win over the Jaguars.
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Another interception
STennessee Titans
October 13, 2019
Byard tallied six tackles, a pass defensed and an interception in Week 6 against Denver.
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Nabs first INT since opener
STennessee Titans
October 9, 2019
Byard registered five tackles (four solo), two pass breakups and an interception in Sunday's loss to the Bills.
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