Damiere Byrd

Atlanta Falcons
Wide Receiver #18
Atlanta Falcons
Wide Receiver #18

Damiere Byrd News

Moving to Atlanta

The Falcons and Byrd agreed to a one-year contract Friday, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Atlanta has lost Calvin Ridley to a season-long suspension and Russell Gage to the Buccaneers in free agency, leaving the team short of capable bodies at wide receiver. Olamide Zaccheaus is the most notable holdover, but he has just 54 catches and 90 targets in 38 games on his career ledger. Meanwhile, Byrd has averaged 12.3 YPC and 8.0 YPT on his 161 targets over the past three seasons. As the WR group stands at the moment, Byrd and Zaccheaus serve as the top two players at the position for new starting quarterback Marcus Mariota.

Apr 1, 2022 12:56 PM EST

Six targets in finale

Byrd caught five passes for 47 yards in the Bears' 31-17 Week 18 loss to the Vikings, and he ended the season with 26 receptions for 329 yards and a touchdown.

Analysis: Once he saw increased usage starting in Week 12, Byrd showed that he can post modest production when given the opportunity. However, going into his age-29 season, it seems likely that he'll continue to serve as a rotational player, and he'll be a depth option for fantasy managers in deeper leagues. He'll be an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

Jan 9, 2022 5:12 PM EST

Targeted twice in win

Byrd caught a 23-yard pass in the Bears' 29-3 win over the Giants on Sunday.

Analysis: Byrd has caught a single pass in each of the last two games, which coincided with the return of Allen Robinson in Week 16. Although Byrd had four solid weeks of production while Robinson was out, Byrd's role is likely set to remain minor in Week 18 against the Vikings.

Jan 2, 2022 6:34 PM EST

Scores two-point conversion

Byrd caught one pass for 11 yards in the Bears' 25-24 win over the Seahawks on Sunday.

Analysis: Byrd actually won the game for the Bears by catching a two-point conversion in heavy traffic with less than a minute remaining in the contest. Otherwise, he was fourth on the team with three targets, and with Marquise Goodwin (foot) having returned to the lineup, Byrd broke a trend that saw him average five targets over the last four weeks. It's likely his role in the offense remains minor in Week 17 against the Giants.

Dec 26, 2021 5:29 PM EST

Another solid performance

Byrd caught five passes for 62 yards in the Bears' 17-9 loss to the Vikings on Monday.

Analysis: Byrd did the bulk of his damage on the Bears' first fourth-quarter drive when he caught three passes, and he finished third on the team with six targets. Despite posting at least 36 yards in each of his last four games, he'll likely need Allen Robinson (COVID-19) and Marquise Goodwin (foot) to continue missing time in order to be a factor for the duration of the fantasy playoffs.

Dec 20, 2021 8:34 PM EST

Breaks off long TD on SNF

Byrd caught both of his targets for 76 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 45-30 loss to Green Bay.

Analysis: Allen Robinson (hamstring) returned to the lineup Sunday, but he wasn't a major factor in the passing game (two receptions for 14 yards). Byrd still experienced a steep drop-off from the 6.0 targets he averaged over the last two games he filled in for the injured A-Rob, but he was able to mask the low usage with a big 58-yard catch and run for a touchdown. With Robinson back, Marquise Goodwin (foot) potentially returning soon and Jakeem Grant playing so well, it wouldn't be surprising to see Byrd slowly phased out of the gameplan even after posting this strong fantasy line. If Goodwin can't return in Week 15, then Byrd may carry some deep-league/DFS value against a weak Vikings defense next Monday.

Dec 12, 2021 11:40 PM EST

Season-high seven targets

Byrd caught three passes for 36 yards in the Bears' 33-22 loss to the Cardinals on Sunday.

Analysis: With the Bears missing Allen Robinson (hamstring) and Marquise Goodwin (foot), Byrd had his second game in a row with at least 36 yards. Despite his increased recent production, he'll remain a low-upside fantasy option, and his role will shrink further as the injured receivers return to action.

Dec 5, 2021 2:41 PM EST

Enhanced role awaits

Byrd is expected to fill a starting role at receiver alongside Darnell Mooney with Allen Robinson (hamstring) listed as doubtful and Marquise Goodwin (foot/ribs) listed as out for Sunday's game against the Cardinals, Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Analysis: The No. 4 receiver on the depth chart for most of the season, Byrd already saw an elevated opportunity in the Bears' Thanksgiving Day win over the Lions while Robinson was sidelined for a second straight game and after Goodwin exited early in the contest. Though Mooney (5-123-0 receiving line on eight targets) was the clear No. 1 wideout for Chicago, Byrd turned in a modest line of four catches for 42 yards on five targets while serving as a secondary pass catcher. The expected absences of both Robinson and Goodwin for a full game could lead to a slight volume bump for Byrd, but he would probably benefit more from the Bears falling behind early in the home game and being forced into a pass-heavy game script.

Dec 3, 2021 11:46 AM EST

Season-high five targets

Byrd caught four passes for 42 yards in the Bears' 16-14 win over the Lions on Sunday.

Analysis: With Marquise Goodwin leaving the game early with a foot injury, Byrd served as the second receiver behind Darnell Mooney. Aside from Byrd's solid numbers, he was open for a likely touchdown in the first half, but Andy Dalton didn't put enough air under the pass, resulting in an interception. Should Allen Robinson (hamstring) and/or Goodwin be forced to miss additional time, Byrd could see significant playing time, which could lead to modest fantasy production.

Nov 25, 2021 6:14 PM EST

Targeted twice

Byrd caught a three-yard pass in the Bears' 16-13 loss to the Ravens on Sunday.

Analysis: Byrd was also targeted on a deep pass that was overthrown by Andy Dalton, which kept the receiver from posting a solid yardage total. With just four catches for 32 yards on the season, Byrd would need a significant increase in usage to have useful fantasy production.

Nov 21, 2021 2:34 PM EST

Catches first pass since Week 1

Byrd caught one pass for 10 yards in the Bears' 38-3 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday.

Analysis: Byrd has just four receptions for 29 yards on the season, and unless his role in the Chicago offense changes significantly, he lacks the opportunity to be a reliable fantasy option.

Oct 24, 2021 5:04 PM EST

Limited production in loss

Byrd caught three passes for 19 yards in the Bears' 34-14 loss to the Rams on Sunday.

Analysis: Although he saw just three targets, Byrd played on 52 percent of the snaps, which placed him ahead of Marquise Goodwin (38 percent) in their battle for the third receiver spot. With the Bears offense unable to get much going in the passing game against a tough Rams defense, Byrd's receptions all went for short yardage, but if he continues to see the same percentage of snaps going forward, he could be a useful depth option in fantasy leagues.

Sep 13, 2021 6:34 AM EST

Targeted twice

Byrd caught one pass for four yards in the Bears' 41-15 preseason loss to the Bills on Saturday.

Analysis: Byrd was on the field at times with the first-team offense while Allen Robinson was sitting out, but with Andy Dalton unable to move the chains with any consistency, there weren't many targets to go around. Byrd is competing for a role as the team's No. 3 wide receiver as he comes off a career-high 604 yards with the Patriots last year.

Aug 21, 2021 3:36 PM EST

Signs one-year deal with Chicago

Byrd signed a one-year deal with the Bears on Monday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The sixth-year pro had his most productive campaign with the Patriots in 2020, recording 47 receptions for 604 yards and one touchdown. Now in Chicago, Byrd figures to compete with fellow veterans Darnell Mooney, Anthony Miller and Marquise Goodwin for reps behind Allen Robinson.

May 4, 2021 9:07 PM EST

Career-high 47 catches

Byrd finished the 2020 season with 47 catches on 77 targets for 604 yards and one TD in 16 games.

Analysis: Byrd, who also logged two carries for 15 yards, ended up garnering an 89.1 percent snap share over the course of the season, per Mike Reiss of ESPN.com. When signed as a free agent by New England last March, Byrd seemed headed for a complementary role, but after the team parted ways with Mohamed Sanu prior to Week 1, Byrd ended up seeing regular playing time all season. That context resulted in several fantasy-worthy efforts from Byrd, but the overall inconsistency of the team's passing game resulted in the 5-foot-9. 180-pounder being a hit-or-miss lineup option. The 27-year-old is eligible to become a free agent this coming offseason, but Reiss believes that that the Patriots' potential overhaul at wideout could include trying to keep Byrd around, while "projecting him to more of a complementary role."

Jan 6, 2021 10:29 AM EST

Sustains head injury

Byrd suffered a head injury and won't return to Sunday's game against the Jets, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports.

Analysis: Byrd caught one pass for seven yards and rushed once for four yards before exiting the game. N'Keal Harry and Donte Moncrief figure to get more tread with Byrd on the sidelines. Byrd's fifth NFL season finishes with career highs in receptions (47) and receiving yards (604), adding one touchdown.

Jan 3, 2021 12:51 PM EST

Catches one pass

Byrd caught one of his three targets for seven yards in Monday night's 38-9 loss to the Bills.

Analysis: Playing time wasn't the issue for Byrd on Monday, as both he and Jakobi Meyers were on the field for all 50 of New England's snaps on offense. Rather, it was the team's struggles in the passing game (Cam Newton and Jarrett Stidham combined for 78 yards in the air) that held him back. Plus Byrd didn't help his cause by dropping a Newton pass on a well-executed trick play near the end zone early on. Despite his steady playing time, Byrd heads into Week 17 as a hit-or-miss fantasy option, due to the ongoing inconsistencies of his team's attack.

Dec 29, 2020 6:16 AM EST

Pulls in three passes at Miami

Byrd caught three of four targets for 24 yards during Sunday's 22-12 loss to the Dolphins.

Analysis: Byrd finished second on the team in targets Sunday, but that statement doesn't necessarily carry much weight given that the 27-year-old operates within New England's 29th-rated passing offense. The South Carolina standout has accumulated multiple catches in five consecutive appearances, but he's been less-than-explosive with those opportunities, eclipsing the quarter-century mark in receiving just once since Week 13.

Dec 20, 2020 3:20 PM EST

Five grabs in lopsided loss

Byrd brought in five of eight targets for 48 yards in the Patriots' 24-3 loss to the Rams on Thursday night.

Analysis: The speedster was able to muster a serviceable fantasy line from a PPR perspective, pacing the Patriots in receptions while checking in just a yard short of N'Keal Harry for tops in that category. Like the rest of New England's pass catchers, Byrd's consistency has suffered with an erratic Cam Newton under center, with the fifth-year wideout accumulating under 50 receiving yards in four of the last five games, including a catch-less effort across 42 snaps in Week 10 against the Ravens. However, there could be a quarterback change afoot if Jarrett Stidham's late-game appearance in place of an ineffective Newton on Thursday is any indication, and it remains to be seen if that would improve Byrd's fortunes over the last three games of the campaign were it come to pass.

Dec 10, 2020 9:24 PM EST

Musters up 16 yards

Byrd caught two of three targets for 16 yards in Sunday's 45-0 win over the Chargers.

Analysis: With a significant lead for most of the game, the team leaned heavily on the running attack, and Cam Newton threw just 19 passes. Byrd finished second among Patriots' wide receivers with 52 snaps on offense (78 percent), and none of the team's wideouts caught more than two passes all afternoon. Byrd remains a starter on the team, but his fantasy value depends heavily on game script.

Dec 7, 2020 11:52 AM EST

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