New Patriots WR Damiere Byrd explains why he signed with New England, reuniting with Cam Newton


One of the first free additions the Patriots made this offseason was wide receiver Damiere Byrd.

Byrd, 27, spent the first three years of his career with the Panthers before joining the Cardinals last season. It was his best year statistically, as he finished with 32 receptions for 359 yards and a touchdown.

Speaking via video conference Wednesday, he explained why he signed in New England.

“I just wanted to play good football," Byrd said. "It’s notoriously known that here we do everything that we can to play great football and that is what I wanted to do.”

Given his size -- 5-foot-9 -- he has to use his speed more than others at his position and is limited with some things, but he'll do whatever is asked of him.

“I like to be a consistent player, somebody who can make big plays," he said. "... Obviously I’m a smaller guy -- won’t do too many jump balls -- but will do whatever to help the team regardless.”

Byrd has three years of experience playing with Cam Newton in Carolina, which could help him potentially carve out a role for himself in the offense.

“Obviously, I was happy," he said. "Cam is a great player and he’s going to bring a lot of experience to this team and to that room. I know room was excited to have him and all those guys are working their tails off to get better every day.”

The wide out was part of the private throwing sessions held over the last several weeks, which he said helped a great deal developing chemistry with his teammates.

“I have been trying to learn the offense as a whole," he said. "That is the best approach you can have when you’re learning something new, especially this offense. Just being able to work with both of those guys was a good opportunity to meet everybody, really, and learn and get chemistry.

"I think being able to have chemistry with everybody in that room, including every receiver and every quarterback is (good).”

In his fifth year in the league, Byrd is vying for a roster spot and his experience with Newton could help a great deal.