Byrd caught one of his two targets for 16 yards in Sunday's 33-6 loss to the 49ers.
Byrd's 48 (of a possible 52) snaps on offense were tops among Patriots wide receivers, but the team's Week 7 passing attack fell flat for the second game in a row, with a corresponding drop in production the result. His steady role in New England's offense gives him a chance to help out in PPR formats, but it's hard to get fired up about his fantasy prospects until things start clicking again for QB Cam Newton, who struggled Sunday before being pulled early in the fourth quarter.
Byrd hauled in three of his four targets for 38 yards in Sunday's 18-12 loss to the Broncos.
Byrd led the Patriots' Week 6 wide receiver corps in playing time (55 of a possible 57 snaps on offense), catches and yards, but that was in the context of a game in which QB Cam Newton only recorded 157 passing yards. Five contests into the 2020 season, Byrd's steady role in New England's offense has given him modest utility in PPR formats, with the 27-year-old having logged a 17-217-0 stat line in that span.
Byrd and the Patriots won't play the Broncos on Monday after the game was postponed until Week 6 due to a third positive COVID-19 test in the New England organization within the past eight days, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
The Patriots and the Broncos are now tentatively scheduled to play Sunday, Oct. 18 in Week 6, which was originally a scheduled bye week for New England. Denver, meanwhile, had been in line to host the Dolphins, but Miami now looks poised to take its bye Week 6.
Byrd secured five of 10 targets for 80 yards in the Patriots' 26-10 loss to the Chiefs on Monday night.
The journeyman receiver paced the Patriots pass catchers across the board on the night, even recording a team-high 30-yard reception. Byrd has been busy early in his New England tenure, now sporting a 14-179-0 line on 22 targets through four contests. With Julian Edelman struggling with drops and N'Keal Harry not yet stepping up consistently, Byrd's fantasy outlook appears to be on solid footing ahead of a Week 5 battle against the Broncos.
Byrd was on the field for 66 of a possible 69 snaps on offense in Sunday's 36-20 win over the Raiders, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
Byrd, who out-snapped both Julian Edelman (56) and N'Keal Harry (46) in the game, hauled in all three of his targets for 27 yards as the Patriots went with a run-heavy game plan Week 3. Unless the team makes a move to add wideout depth, Byrd figures to continue to see regular snaps, but he profiles as a hit-or-miss fantasy option in an offense that tends to change its approach from week to week.
Byrd caught six passes (nine targets) for 72 yards in Sunday's 35-30 loss to Seattle.
Byrd remained as a starter opposite N'Keal Harry, logging 85 percent of the team's offensive snaps. The production finally caught up with the playing time after he started Week 1 and had zero receptions. Byrd should continue to see the field for the majority of offensive snaps against the Raiders on Sunday.
Byrd was on the field for 56 of a possible 64 snaps on offense in Sunday's 21-11 win over the Dolphins, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
Byrd actually out-snapped both Julian Edelman (37) and N'Keal Harry (51) in Week 1, but he wasn't targeted by QB Cam Newton. Meanwhile, both Edelman and Harry caught five passes in the contest. While zero targets isn't the way into fantasy lineups, if Byrd continues to log heavy snaps, he figures to see added opportunities in games where the Patriots go less-run heavy. Against Miami, Newton's carry and completion total (15) were equal, the type of ratio that we're not likely to see much, if at all, going forward.
With the Patriots parting ways with Mohamed Sanu, Byrd is the current favorite to emerge as the team's No. 3 wide receiver behind Julian Edelman and N'Keal Harry, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.
Neither Edelman nor Harry possess blazing speed, and that's one thing Byrd can bring to the table. The 5-foot-9, 180-pounder, who can also return punts, could therefore carve out a role as an outside receiver in the team's offense. Whether that's a context that would include enough volume to merit fantasy consideration remains to be seen, but Byrd -- who logged a 32/359/1 stat line in 11 games with Arizona in 2019 -- is at least worth considering as a deep sleeper in re-draft formats and a potential economical DFS option certain weeks.
Byrd has been "the wideout most consistently flashing" during practices so far in training camp, according to Tom E. Curran of NBC Sports Boston.
Julian Edelman, N'Keal Harry and Mohamed Sanu currently profile as the Patriots' top three wide receivers, but there's a wide-open competition for the next few slots on the team's depth chart. Byrd and Jakobi Meyers seems the most likely to stick, while Gunner Olszewski and Matthew Slater bring special-teams utility to the table. Assuming Byrd makes the cut, we wouldn't count on him seeing steady volume in the New England offense, but he does have the wheels to make the occasional big-play splash for the team.
Byrd's one-year. $1.35 million contract with the Patriots includes $600,000 guaranteed, plus another $900,000 available via incentives, Ben Volin of The Boston Globe reports.
This contract suggests the Patriots are cautiously optimistic about Byrd earning a spot on the 53-man roster. He's still at the mercy of whatever else might happen this offseason, but it's easy to see how the 27-year-old might fit as a speedy, cheaper replacement for free agent Phillip Dorsett. The Cardinals moved Byrd in and out of the lineup last season, with the final product being a 32-359-1 receiving line on 46 targets (7.8 YPT) in 11 games. He mostly saw shorter passes and also got a few deep looks, while intermediate targets were few and far between.
Byrd has agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Patriots, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
He was stuck in a crowded receiving corps during his time in Arizona, splitting depth snaps with Andy Isabella, Trent Sherfield and KeeSean Johnson, but Byrd still was able to haul in 32 of 46 targets for 359 yards and a touchdown in 2019. Depending on the quarterback situation in New England, Byrd could be headed for a more productive season if he can work his way up a thinner depth chart.
Byrd hauled in 32 of 46 passes for 359 yards and one touchdown in 11 appearances during the 2019 season.
The Cardinals experimented with all manner of outside receiver combinations during coach Kliff Kingsbury's first year at the helm. The result was sporadic usage for the likes of Byrd, Andy Isabella, Trent Sherfield and KeeSean Johnson. Byrd did sit out Weeks 4 and 5 due to a hamstring injury but also was a healthy scratch from Weeks 9 through 11. After the team's Week 12 bye, Byrd returned as a regular to the offense, accounting for a 15-181-1 line on 19 targets across the final five games. He'll be an unrestricted free agent in the offseason, but his fair finish to the year may have endeared him to Kingsbury.
Byrd reeled in his only target for 11 yards during Sunday's 27-13 victory at Seattle.
The Cardinals offense has ridden the coattails of running back Kenyan Drake in the second half of the campaign while rookie quarterback Kyler Murray carefully managed the offense otherwise. The result has been modest weekly output for most of the team's wide receivers, including Byrd. Aside from a 6-86-0 effort on six targets Week 15 against the Browns, he's recorded just two catches (on five targets) for 21 yards in his other three appearances since Week 8. Don't expect much to change in the season finale, especially if Murray (hamstring) is less than 100 percent or even absent Sunday against the Rams in L.A.
Byrd caught all six of his targets for 86 yards in Sunday's 38-24 win over the Browns.
Byrd led Arizona across the board in receiving, putting together the best performance of his four-year career. The speedster's showing was highlighted by a 51-yard catch during the second quarter, helping set up a touchdown prior to halftime. Nonetheless, there's little to suggest that Byrd can be trusted to approach such high production going forward.
Byrd made a 10-yard reception (on one target) during Sunday's 23-17 defeat to the Steelers.
Outside receivers have become an afterthought in the Cardinals offense, but it should be noted Byrd led the positional group with 26 (of 60) snaps on offense. Meanwhile, Andy Isabella got 13, Trent Sherfield was contained to special teams, and KeeSean Johnson was a healthy scratch. Due to the weekly inconsistency of the quartet, it's difficult to trust any of them for production.
Byrd didn't reel in any of his three targets during Sunday's 34-7 loss to the Rams.
With KeeSean Johnson a surprise healthy scratch, Byrd led all Cardinals outside receivers in offensive snap share (38 percent), while Andy Isabella got 31 percent and Trent Sherfield eked out one snap (of 64) on offense. None of the trio recorded a catch, and aside from Byrd, only Isabella was targeted (one time). Because the experiment produced negligible results, it wouldn't be surprising if Johnson is back in the lineup Sunday against the Steelers, which could result in Byrd being included on the inactive list again, as he was Weeks 9 through 11.
Byrd (coach's decision) is officially inactive for Sunday's game against San Francisco, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
It will be the third consecutive game that Byrd will be a healthy scratch. In his stead, Andy Isabella and Trent Sherfield will be counted on to handle depth receiver duties for the contest.
Byrd (coach's decision) is listed as inactive Sunday at Tampa Bay, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
For a second straight game, Byrd will be a healthy scratch. The Cardinals thus will turn to Trent Sherfield, KeeSean Johnson and Andy Isabella as outside receivers.
Byrd (coach's decision) is a healthy scratch for Thursday's game against the 49ers, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
In three appearances since sitting out Weeks 4 and 5 due to injury, Byrd has been inconsistent, totaling five catches (on nine targets) for 82 yards and no touchdowns. With the four-year veteran in street clothes, Trent Sherfield, KeeSean Johnson and Andy Isabella will serve as the Cardinals' outside receivers in this contest.
Byrd hauled in two of five targets for 18 yards during Sunday's 31-9 loss at New Orleans.
Since sitting out Weeks 4 and 5 with a hamstring injury and being limited to 22 percent of the snaps on offense upon his return Week 6, Byrd has received his usual workload of at least 80 percent of those plays in two consecutive games. His production has been dismal for an outside receiver -- 10.5 YPC and 6.6 YPT on 27 targets through six appearances this season -- but the aforementioned workload gives him a chance, albeit slim, to make weekly contributions.
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