Chicago Bears wide receiver Damiere Byrd could compete in the 100 Meter Dash
One of the newest members of the Bears is 5-year veteran Damiere Byrd. Unlike Goodwin who was a third-round pick, Byrd has had to work a lot harder to make a name for himself in the league.
Back in 2015, he was an undrafted free agent out of South Carolina after posting a grand total of 68 receptions for 1,265 yards and 10 touchdowns in four seasons. Those numbers would be spectacular for a single season, however Byrd’s collegiate production was limited.
The one year which stands out, though, was Byrd’s sophomore season. That year, he caught 14 passes for 366 yards — an average of 26.1 yards per receptions. That is remarkable. For his career in college, Byrd did average 18.6 yards per catch, which should tell you why he’s gotten a shot in the NFL.
Byrd is fast. His straight-line speed is in the elite category as far as NFL players go. He did not get invited to the Combine, so Byrd ran the 40-yard dash at his Pro Day. He wound up running it in a time of 4.28 seconds, which would have qualified as the fifth-fastest time ever at the Combine. The record, of course, is held by veteran wide receiver John Ross.
Coming to the Bears, Byrd joins Goodwin and this next wideout to form what could be a lethal trio of speed in the receiving room.