Damiere Byrd (born January 27, 1993) is an American football wide receiver for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of South Carolina for the South Carolina Gamecocks.

College career

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

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40‑yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20‑ss 3‑cone Vert jump Broad
5 ft 9 1 8 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, compelting 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. [3]

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. [4] On September 7, 2015, Byrd was signed to the Panthers' practice squad, where he spent the rest of his rookie season. [5] 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. [16]

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. [9] He was re-signed to the practice squad the next day. [10] He was promoted back to the active roster on December 29, 2016. [11]

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. [12]