|Ht / Wt:||5'9" / 162 lb.|
|Born:||January 27, 1993|
|Drafted:||2015 / UDFA|
Byrd's one-year. $1.35 million contract with the Patriots includes $600,000 guaranteed, plus another $900,000 available via incentives, Ben Volin of The Boston Globe reports.
Analysis: This contract suggests the Patriots are cautiously optimistic about Byrd earning a spot on the 53-man roster. He's still at the mercy of whatever else might happen this offseason, but it's easy to see how the 27-year-old might fit as a speedy, cheaper replacement for free agent Phillip Dorsett. The Cardinals moved Byrd in and out of the lineup last season, with the final product being a 32-359-1 receiving line on 46 targets (7.8 YPT) in 11 games. He mostly saw shorter passes and also got a few deep looks, while intermediate targets were few and far between.
Byrd has agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Patriots, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Byrd was involved in a crowded receiving corps during his time in Arizona, splitting snaps with Andy Isabella, Trent Sherfield and KeeSean Johnson, but still was able to haul in 32 of 46 targets for 359 yards and a touchdown in 2019. Depending on what the quarterback situation in New England ends up being, Byrd could be due for a more productive season with the Patriots if he can work his way up the depth chart.
Byrd hauled in 32 of 46 passes for 359 yards and one touchdown in 11 appearances during the 2019 season.
Analysis: The Cardinals experimented with all manner of outside receiver combinations during coach Kliff Kingsbury's first year at the helm. The result was sporadic usage for the likes of Byrd, Andy Isabella, Trent Sherfield and KeeSean Johnson. Byrd did sit out Weeks 4 and 5 due to a hamstring injury but also was a healthy scratch from Weeks 9 through 11. After the team's Week 12 bye, Byrd returned as a regular to the offense, accounting for a 15-181-1 line on 19 targets across the final five games. He'll be an unrestricted free agent in the offseason, but his fair finish to the year may have endeared himself to Kingsbury.
Byrd reeled in his only target for 11 yards during Sunday's 27-13 victory at Seattle.
Analysis: The Cardinals offense has ridden the coattails of running back Kenyan Drake in the second half of the campaign while rookie quarterback Kyler Murray carefully managed the offense otherwise. The result has been modest weekly output for most of the team's wide receivers, including Byrd. Aside from a 6-86-0 effort on six targets Week 15 against the Browns, he's recorded just two catches (on five targets) for 21 yards in his other three appearances since Week 8. Don't expect much to change in the season finale, especially if Murray (hamstring) is less than 100 percent or even absent Sunday against the Rams in L.A.
Byrd caught all six of his targets for 86 yards in Sunday's 38-24 win over the Browns.
Analysis: Byrd led Arizona across the board in receiving, putting together the best performance of his four-year career. The speedster's showing was highlighted by a 51-yard catch during the second quarter, helping set up a touchdown prior to halftime. Although Byrd can't be expected to approach such high production going forward, the reserve receiver will still surely be encouraged by his effort in Sunday's victory.
Byrd made a 10-yard reception (on one target) during Sunday's 23-17 defeat to the Steelers.
Analysis: Outside receivers have become an afterthought in the Cardinals offense, but it should be noted Byrd led the positional group with 26 (of 60) snaps on offense. Meanwhile, Andy Isabella got 13, Trent Sherfield was contained to special teams, and KeeSean Johnson was a healthy scratch. Due to the weekly inconsistency of the quartet, it's difficult to trust any of them for production.
Byrd didn't reel in any of his three targets during Sunday's 34-7 defeat to the Rams.
Analysis: With KeeSean Johnson a surprise healthy scratch, Byrd led all Cardinals outside receivers in offensive snap share (38 percent), while Andy Isabella got 31 percent and Trent Sherfield eked out one play (of 64) on offense. None of the trio recorded a catch, and aside from Byrd, only Isabella was targeted (one time). Because the experiment produced negligible results, it wouldn't surprise if Johnson is back in the lineup Sunday against the Steelers, which could result in Byrd being included on the inactive list again, as he was Weeks 9 through 11.
Byrd (coach's decision) is officially inactive for Sunday's game against San Francisco, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: It will be the third consecutive game that Byrd will be a healthy scratch. In his stead, Andy Isabella and Trent Sherfield will be counted on the handle depth receiver duties for the contest.
Byrd reeled in both of his targets for 60 yards during Sunday's 34-33 win against the Falcons.
Analysis: Healthy enough to suit up for the first time since Week 3, Byrd nonetheless was limited to 15 of the 69 snaps on offense, working behind fellow outside receivers KeeSean Johnson (56) and Trent Sherfield (36). Byrd made good use of those minimal reps, leading the trio in receiving yards, 60-52. Look for Byrd to ramp up his workload as he attempts to get back to the roughly 92 percent of the offensive plays that he received Weeks 1 through 3.
Byrd (hamstring) is listed as active Sunday versus the Falcons, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: A hamstring injury sidelined Byrd for two games, but he'll resume his standing as the Cardinals' top outside threat at wide receiver. With Byrd back in action, KeeSean Johnson will be the other outside receiver in four-wide sets, likely pushing Trent Sherfield back to a special-teams role.
Byrd (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Atlanta, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: A limited practice participant throughout the week, Byrd appears truly questionable for Sunday, as does fellow wide receiver Christian Kirk (ankle). We may not have word on a decision until the Cardinals release their inactive list approximately 90 minutes before the 4:05 p.m. ET kickoff.
Byrd (hamstring) was limited in practice Wednesday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: After missing two games with a hamstring injury, Byrd returned to the practice field for the first time in nearly three weeks. It's a decent enough sign that he's trending toward active status Sunday versus the Falcons, but Friday's practice report will have the final word.
Byrd (hamstring) is inactive for Sunday's game at Cincinnati, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: Byrd was expected to log a second absence in a row due to a balky hamstring, but the fact he was listed as "questionable" for this contest may indicate that a return to practice is imminent. With Byrd out of the lineup, the Cardinals offense will lean on Trent Sherfield, KeeSean Johnson and (to a lesser extent) Andy Isabella as its outside receivers.
Byrd (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Cincinnati, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: Byrd missed the last game and was held out of practice all this week, so it'll be a surprise if he ends up playing. With Christian Kirk (ankle) ruled out, the Cardinals will need contributions from KeeSean Johnson and Trent Sherfield, with Andy Isabella and Pharoh Cooper potentially also getting some chances.
Byrd (hamstring) was held out of practice Thursday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: Byrd replicated his listing from Wednesday's injury report, but he was seen working out on a side field Thursday, according to Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com. Still, because Byrd and fellow wideout Christian Kirk (ankle) are slated to sit out Sunday at Cincinnati, the Cardinals will be sending out Trent Sherfield and KeeSean Johnson as their primary outside receivers, with Andy Isabella available for those snaps as well.
Byrd (hamstring) was a non-participant at Wednesday's practice, Scott Bordow of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: The Cardinals expect to be without Byrd and Christian Kirk (ankle) this Sunday at Cincinnati, and both are heading in that direction with DNPs to kick off Week 5 prep. In the event Byrd is ruled out for a second straight game, the team's remaining outside receivers will be Trent Sherfield, KeeSean Johnson and Andy Isabella. On the first occasion this past Sunday against the Seahawks, Sherfield experienced a significant uptick in usage, turning 84 percent of the snaps on offense into one catch (on three targets) for 15 yards.
Coach Kliff Kingsbury said Byrd (hamstring) "looks unlikely" to suit up Sunday in Cincinnati, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: With both Byrd and Christian Kirk (ankle) trending toward inactive status Week 5, it appears that the Cardinals' receiving corps will be headed by Larry Fitzgerald, Trent Sherfield (Byrd's direct backup) and KeeSean Johnson. Meanwhile, rookie Andy Isabella and even Pharoh Cooper will be on hand for additional offensive snaps.
Byrd (hamstring) will not play in Sunday's game against Seattle, Scott Bordow of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Coach Kliff Kingsbury said Trent Sherfield will get more snaps in Byrd's absence, though Christian Kirk, Larry Fitzgerald and David Johnson remain the only safe bets for volume. Byrd did see 18 targets the past three weeks, catching 12 passes for 96 scoreless yards. His role security might have been slipping even without the hamstring injury.
Byrd (hamstring) didn't practice Thursday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: Byrd has yet to take the practice field this week, placing a cloud over his availability for Sunday's divisional showdown against the Seahawks. Considering he's received 92 percent of the Cardinals' offensive snaps through three games, Byrd's direct backup (Trent Sherfield) could be on pace for his first significant workload of the campaign.
Byrd didn't practice Wednesday due to a hamstring injury.
Analysis: Byrd's workload wasn't impacted Week 3, when he handled 96 percent of the offensive snaps, so it's unclear when he picked up the health concern. He has two more sessions to get past the issue, at which point his availability for Sunday's game against the Seahawks will be revealed by the Cardinals.
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