Damiere Byrd

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Damiere Byrd
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Byrd with the Carolina Panthers
Free agent
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1993-01-27) January 27, 1993 (age 26)[1]
Erial, New Jersey
Height:5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight:175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High school:Timber Creek Regional
(Erial, New Jersey)
College:South Carolina
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Receiving yards:129
Return yards:355
Total touchdowns:3
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Damiere Byrd (born January 27, 1993) is an American football wide receiver who is currently a free agent. He played college football at the University of South Carolina for the South Carolina Gamecocks.

College career[edit]

Byrd played wide receiver for the South Carolina Gamecocks football team as a true freshman in 2011. After his senior season in 2014, Byrd had amassed 1265 yards on 68 receptions (18.6 yards/catch) with 10 touchdowns.

Byrd was considered the fastest player on the team while at South Carolina and also competed for the South Carolina track team.

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad
5 ft 9 18 in
(1.76 m)
173 lb
(78 kg)
4.28 s 4.03 s 10.90 s 42 in
(1.07 m)
10 ft 11 in
(3.33 m)
All values from Pro Day

On the South Carolina Pro Day, Byrd only ran the 40-yard dash once, since his left calf muscle tightened up on him. Byrd, having a track & field background, was able to put up impressive numbers, completing the short shuttle in 4.03 seconds, the three-cone in 6.6 seconds and the 60-yard long shuttle in 10.90 seconds, faster than any other time posted at the 2015 scouting combine.[2]

On May 8, 2015, Byrd was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Carolina Panthers. On September 5, 2015, he was released by the Panthers.[3] On September 7, 2015, Byrd was signed to the Panthers' practice squad, where he spent the rest of his rookie season.[4] On February 7, 2016, Byrd's Panthers played in Super Bowl 50. In the game, the Panthers fell to the Denver Broncos by a score of 24–10.[5]

Byrd signed a reserve/futures contract with the Panthers on February 9, 2016.

Byrd made the initial 53-man roster in 2016 but was inactive for the first five games before being released on October 14, 2016.[6] He was re-signed to the practice squad the next day.[7] He was promoted back to the active roster on December 29, 2016.[8]

On October 1, 2017 during the second quarter of a game versus the New England Patriots, Byrd broke his left arm on a reverse play. He was subsequently placed on the injured reserve two days later.[9] He was activated off injured reserve to the active roster on December 2, 2017.[10] In Week 16, Byrd returned a kickoff 103 yards, a franchise record, and scored the Panthers' first kickoff-return touchdown since 2011 which was crucial in the 22-19 win over the Buccaneers, earning him NFC Special Teams Player of the Week.[11] However during the second half of the game, Byrd suffered a lower leg injury and subsequently was placed on injured reserve on December 26, 2017.[12]

Byrd entered the 2018 season as the Panthers primary punt returner. He played in eight games before suffering a broken arm in Week 12. He was placed on injured reserve on November 27, 2018.[13]


  1. ^ Fox Sports. "Damiere Byrd". foxsports.com.
  2. ^ Gil Brandt. "Damiere Byrd of South Carolina runs 4.28 40 on grass". NFL.com. Retrieved April 22, 2016.
  3. ^ Henson, Max (September 5, 2015). "Panthers trim roster to 53". Panthers.com. Retrieved September 16, 2015.
  4. ^ "WR Bersin among 10 set to join practice squad". Panthers.com. September 6, 2015. Retrieved September 16, 2015.
  5. ^ "Super Bowl 50 - Denver Broncos vs. Carolina Panthers - February 7th, 2016". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
  6. ^ "Panthers sign Wes Horton, waive Damiere Byrd". Panthers.com. October 14, 2016.
  7. ^ "Panthers promote CB Lou Young". Panthers.com. October 15, 2016.
  8. ^ Strickland, Bryan (December 29, 2016). "Devin Funchess placed on IR; Damiere Byrd promoted". Panthers.com.
  9. ^ "Panthers sign safety Jairus Byrd". Panthers.com. October 3, 2017.
  10. ^ "Panthers sign Zach Moore to active roster, activate Damiere Byrd". 247Sports.com. December 2, 2017.
  11. ^ Maya, Adam (December 27, 2017). "Todd Gurley, Dion Lewis among NFL Players of Week". NFL.com.
  12. ^ Henson, Max (December 26, 2017). "Damiere Byrd placed on injured reserve". Panthers.com.
  13. ^ "Damiere Byrd placed on injured reserve; Lorenzo Doss promoted". Panthers.com. November 27, 2018.

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