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Arizona Cardinals sign Damiere Byrd to a one-year contract

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As the offseason continues on the Arizona Cardinals continue to add players who could fit the team in a number of ways.

Wide receiver Damiere Byrd is one of those players and is coming to Arizona on a one-year contract.

From the team:

Byrd (5-9, 180) spent the past four seasons with Carolina after originally entering the league with the Panthers as an undrafted rookie free agent from the University of South Carolina in 2015. After spending his rookie season on Carolina’s practice squad, the 26-year old Byrd played the past three seasons (2016-18) with the Panthers and appeared in 17 games (three starts), catching 12 passes for 129 yards and two touchdowns while adding 294 yards and a touchdown on 10 kickoff returns and 113 yards on 12 punt returns.

A native of Sicklerville, NJ, Byrd set a Panthers franchise record with his 103-yard kickoff return touchdown against Tampa Bay in 2017. He played in eight games for Carolina last season before being placed on injured reserve.

Byrd is a player with a similar skillset to a Tavon Austin, if that helps you get a mental picture, except faster.

From our sister site Garnet and Black Attack:

By his junior year, he started to prove to more than just a fly sweep or streak route kind of guy. He began running post routes, slants, and even fades well while using his excellent speed to his advantage. Very good hands. High energy guy, especially while blocking.

Obviously he is a guy who works well in space, but it sounds like he’s gotten better each season and the biggest issue is... Well health.

We’ll see what Byrd can do if he stays healthy.