Byrd signed a one-year deal with the Bears on Monday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports. The sixth-year pro had his most productive campaign in 2020 with the Patriots, recording 47 receptions for 604 yards and one touchdown. Now in Chicago, Byrd figures to compete with Darnell Mooney, Anthony Miller and Marquise Goodwin for reps behind Allen Robinson.
Byrd carried once for four yards and caught one of his three targets for a seven-yard gain Sunday in the Patriots' 28-14 win over the Jets. Byrd finished his first season in New England with a career-high 47 catches for 604 yards and a touchdown to go with two carries for 15 yards. He was a fixture on the field while suiting up in all 16 games, garnering an 89.1 percent offensive snap share over the course of the campaign. When signed as a free agent by New England last March, Byrd seemed headed for a complementary role, but after the team parted ways with Mohamed Sanu prior to Week 1, Byrd ended up seeing regular playing time all season. That context resulted in several fantasy-worthy efforts from Byrd, but the overall inconsistency of the New England passing game resulted in him being a hit-or-miss lineup option. The 27-year-old is eligible to become a free agent this coming offseason, but Mike Reiss of ESPN.com believes that that the Patriots' potential overhaul at wideout could include trying to keep Byrd around.
Byrd suffered a head injury and won't return to Sunday's game against the Jets, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports. Byrd caught one pass for seven yards and rushed once for four yards before exiting the game. N'Keal Harry and Donte Moncrief figure to get more tread with Byrd on the sidelines. Byrd's fifth NFL season finishes with career highs in receptions (47) and receiving yards (604), adding one touchdown.
Byrd caught one of his three targets for seven yards in Monday night's 38-9 loss to the Bills. Playing time wasn't the issue for Byrd on Monday, as both he and Jakobi Meyers were on the field for all 50 of New England's snaps on offense. Rather, it was the team's struggles in the passing game (Cam Newton and Jarrett Stidham combined for 78 yards in the air) that held him back. Plus, Byrd didn't help his cause by dropping a Newton pass on an otherwise well-executed trick play near the end zone early on. Despite his steady playing time, Byrd heads into Week 17 as a hit-or-miss fantasy option, due to the ongoing inconsistencies of his team's attack.
Byrd caught three of four targets for 24 yards during Sunday's 22-12 loss to the Dolphins. Byrd tied for second on the team in targets Sunday, but that statement doesn't necessarily carry much weight given that the 27-year-old operates within New England's 29th-rated passing offense. The South Carolina standout has accumulated multiple catches in five consecutive appearances, but he's been less than explosive with those opportunities, eclipsing the 35-yard mark in receiving just once since Week 12.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/12||@Los Angeles Rams||1||16.67|
|5||10/10||@Las Vegas Raiders||23||24.25|
|6||10/17||Green Bay Packers||6||19.56|
|7||10/24||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||19||23.50|
|8||10/31||San Francisco 49ers||15||21.50|
|14||12/12||@Green Bay Packers||6||19.56|
|17||01/02||New York Giants||9||20.38|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||42||27||324||1||15||12.00||38|