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Panthers receiver Damiere Byrd brings added muscle, aggression to rookies’ camp

Carolina Panthers wide receiver Damiere Byrd, left, sprints downfield following a pass reception during the team's rookie minicamp practice on Saturday.
Carolina Panthers wide receiver Damiere Byrd, left, sprints downfield following a pass reception during the team's rookie minicamp practice on Saturday. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

Wide receiver Damiere Byrd added 8 pounds of muscle and he’s pleased about it.

“You guys should ask him about that,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera joked with the media. “He’ll love that you mentioned he’s bigger.”

At 5-foot-9, 185 pounds and by far the smallest receiver on Carolina’s roster, Byrd needed to add bulk. The former South Carolina Gamecock spent last season on the practice squad.

He stood out at the team’s rookie minicamp this weekend by going up and attacking the ball, and he was clearly the most impressive receiver of the group.

Byrd said he and receivers coach Ricky Proehl made getting after the ball their main emphasis.

“I’m a smaller guy compared to everybody else, so I have to emphasize attacking the ball more than others, because I don’t have the body that (Devin Funchess) or Kelvin (Benjamin) has,” Byrd said.

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