Panthers Wide Receivers on the Bubble Heading into Training Camp

Carolina has only kept five wideouts the past few years. This year will probably be the same. Here’s a look at the guys on the bubble, fighting for that last available spot.

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Baby Byrd Flaps His Wings in NFL Debut

Baby Byrd Flaps His Wings in NFL Debut

Albeit physically diminutive, Damiere Byrd sure doesn’t play small. I get it, I’m partial. He’s been on the C3 Carolina Panthers podcast multiple times. He’s also done everything one could ask in the few opportunities given to justify him playing a notable role for the Carolina Panthers moving forward.

 

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Byrd Watching is Back!

Byrd Watching is Back!

Every year, fans fall in and out of love with certain players. We always have favorites who didn’t make the team or who we believe, given a real opportunity, could contribute positively to the team. Coincidentally, we nourish these affections as we fall out of love with guys who are approaching the twilight of their career or who we believe never fully capitalizes on their potential. I’m one of these fans.

 

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Damiere Byrd Looks to Have Secured His Roster Spot

Damiere Byrd Looks to Have Secured His Roster Spot

He may have only had 1 reception for 18 yards in his final 2016 preseason game, but Damiere Byrd looks a lock for Carolina Panthers final 53-man roster. Carolina showed tonight that they want Byrd on this team for his special team's capability just as much as his threat as a speed receiver. 

 

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Carolina Panthers Lose to Baltimore Ravens (Post-Game Notes)

Carolina Panthers Lose to Baltimore Ravens (Post-Game Notes)

Carolina may have lost their preseason opener (22-19) to the Baltimore Ravens, we now have some real football to dissect in hopes of getting a better understanding of how Carolina’s roster will progress and their 2016 outlook. It’s early and the sample size is small, but it’s something. 

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Damiere Byrd Working Hard to Make the Carolina Panthers

Damiere Byrd Working Hard to Make the Carolina Panthers

The Panthers gave him a solid look last year. He was small, inexperienced, and had a few miscues in the preseason. The physicality of the NFL seemed to be a big challenge for the undrafted rookie.  He didn't make a bad impression, however. He showed off his killer speed, played aggressive and confident, and seemed willing to leave it all out on the field. He looked cool under pressure, even when the ball bounced the wrong way.  

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Byrd Watching: Preseason Part 1

Byrd Watching: Preseason Part 1

After the first two preseason games, Damiere Byrd has firmly planted himself in the fight for a roster spot. Our man has tallied 5 receptions for 58 yards and a touchdown thus far, good for the top three in each category among our receivers throughout the first two games. Though the brutal loss of Kelvin Benjamin brings little good, a silver lining may be the possibility of a young receiver stepping up in his absence. Byrd finds himself with a far greater chance of making the final roster than when the preseason first began, but he is still a “long shot” for right now.

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No Practice Squad for Brandon Wegher, Damiere Byrd, or Jordan Todman

No Practice Squad for Brandon Wegher, Damiere Byrd, or Jordan Todman

Just two weeks ago, neither Brandon Wegher nor Damiere Byrd had an inside shot at making the Panthers 53-man roster.  Jordan Todman wasn’t a lock either.  Fozzie Whitaker looked in solid control of the 3rd down back spot, and Corey Brown had edged himself in as a starter. 
After two 4th quarter preseason comeback wins where Wegher, Byrd, and Todman played notable roles, these guys are on the fast track to making the 53-man roster. 

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Byrd Watching 3: Minicamp Wrap Up

Byrd Watching 3: Minicamp Wrap Up

Byrd Watching is back once again, and will cover everything you may have missed regarding backyard baller Damiere Byrd at this past minicamp. Minicamp is the preamble to training camp, and like OTA practices, no pads are worn and player on player contact is kept to a minimum. Due to injuries and experimentation, Byrd got several chances to earn more snaps at several different positions and looked good while playing them.

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Byrd Watching 2: OTA Wrap Up

Byrd Watching 2: OTA Wrap Up

The second installment of Byrd Watching picks up where we left off after the first week of organized team activities. Since then, there has been several intriguing story lines and promising sample sizes from young players. For the most part, OTAs are closed to the media, and most of what takes place is never heard of. When reporters are allowed on the practice field, their write ups are usually short, and only contain the most noteworthy plays.

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So Which UDFA's Have the Best Chance to Crack the Roster?

So Which UDFA's Have the Best Chance to Crack the Roster?

With the rookie mini-camp over and with the upcoming team's other offseason workouts set for the summer, I wanted to pose a question out there to Panthers fans on whom they can see actually sticking to the final roster out of the ten priority UDFA's (undrafted free agents), the team signed after the draft came to a close? 

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