By Alex Barth, 985TheSportsHub.com
Speed. That was the point of conversation when the Patriots signed Damiere Byrd back in March. And while the 27-year-old certainly is among the fastest players in the game, he wants fans to know he can do more than just run.
“I like to be a consistent player, somebody who can make big plays and not only make big plays but make the routine and consistent plays,” Byrd told reporters on Wednesday.
So what goes in to making the routine and consistant plays?
“I think just playing the technique,” Byrd said. “Reading what the defense gives us and taking it… Just to do the technique that we’re coached to and the plays will come. Technique off the line technique in the middle of the route, and even finishing it. In this league is all about technique and football is a game of inches.”
In an offense like the Patriots’ system, players are often asked to fill multiple roles, and Byrd knows he will likely be asked to contribute all over the field.
“Obviously, I’m a smaller guy,” the 5-foot-9 pass catcher explained. “So, I won’t do too many jump balls, things like that, but I’m a player that will do whatever I’m asked to do for the team regardless.”
It’s likely Byrd will be asked to do quite a bit for a Patriots team lacking pass catchers with sizable NFL experience. How will he fit in to the new-look offense? We’ll get a good idea on Monday, when the team moves into Phase 3 of the preseason and more traditional training camp practices.