Byrd posted two receptions for 27 yards in Thursday's preseason win over the Steelers.
Byrd is entering his second season with the Packers after appearing in just one game last season, when he posted two catches for 31 yards. The Packers have a solid core group of veteran tight ends on the roster, but Byrd could get a leg up on a roster spot if Green Bay decides they don't want to have Lance Kendricks' salary on the books for 2018.
Byrd (hamstring) participated in OTAs on Monday, Wes Hodkiewicz of the Packers' official site reports.
Byrd was unable to practice last Thursday, but his quick return to the field Monday suggests his hamstring is fine. The second-year tight end will now jump right back into the competition for the No. 3 tight end job in Green Bay with veteran Lance Kendricks. While Kendricks clearly has the leg up in this battle, the Packers could save $1.625 million by releasing him, according to OverTheCap.com. Meanwhile, cutting Byrd would only save $480,000.
Byrd did not participate in Thursday's OTA session due to a hamstring injury, Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports.
Byrd was promoted from the practice squad late in the 2017 campaign, hauling in his first two NFL passes during Week 17 against the Lions. He likely faces an uphill battle to earn a 53-man roster spot with the Packers with Jimmy Graham, Marcedes Lewis and Lance Kendricks on the roster. However, a strong showing in camp could prompt the coaching staff to keep four tight ends, especially if Byrd can prove valuable as a special teams contributor.
Byrd caught two passes for 31 yards in the Packers' Week 17 loss to the Lions.
Byrd was promoted from the practice squad for the Packers' season finale, which allowed the rookie to notch the first two receptions of his career. He spent training camp and half of the season with the Packers, so he should get a chance to compete for a roster spot if he returns to Green Bay.
The Packers promoted Byrd from their practice squad Tuesday.
The Packers will bring Byrd aboard the active roster ahead of the Week 17 matchup with the Lions with fellow tight end Richard Rodgers (shoulder) uncertain to play in the contest. Byrd, an undrafted rookie out of Marshall who impressed the Packers in training camp, would back up Lance Kendricks if Rodgers sits out the season finale.
Byrd was waived by the Packers on Saturday, Michael Cohen of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Byrd faced long odds of beating out any of the Packers' three veteran tight ends for a roster spot, and his release confirms that he will not break camp with the squad. He could be a candidate for Green Bay's practice squad, however.