MEET YOUR NEW WIDE RECEIVER: Pro scouting report on Dallas Cowboys WR LaRon “Big” Byrd | NFL free agency 2014

MEET YOUR NEW WIDE RECEIVER - Pro scouting report on Dallas Cowboys WR LaRon Byrd - NFL free agency 2014

LaRon Byrd | WR, Miami, Fla. | 6-4, 220 | 4.45 | UDFA with Arizona Cardinals 2012

Games Studied: 2012 Pre Season: New Orleans, Kansas City 2012 Regular Season: Chicago

Had to go back and study tape from 2012 because he missed the 2013 season with a concussion. LaRon Byrd is an interesting player due to his physical makeup for the position. Rangy, long build.

MEET YOUR NEW WIDE RECEIVER - Pro scouting report on Dallas Cowboys WR LaRon Big Byrd - NFL free agency 2014

Played both on the outside and in the slot when the Cardinals went into “11” personnel. Would line up tight to the formation as a blocker and was more than willing to do the dirty work. Was not afraid to mix it up with defenders on the edge. Was more than just a get in the way blocker.

Really tried to finish his blocks. Would see him get square to the defender and engage. You could see this in his work on special teams when he blocked on the punt and kickoff returns.

Was used as a move guy at times. Would work hard to the flat like he did in the Chiefs game catching the ball on the move, then getting out of bounds to save time in the two minute drill. Aware. Made another adjusting catch over his head working toward the sideline in the same game.

There was some purpose to his route running. Was open against the Saints on a wheel route out of the slot but quarterback did not go his direction but would have had a huge play. Had a feel for how to work himself open against the press.

Would not call him the quickest off the line. Will build up speed as he gets going. Only had one drop on a drag route against the Saints that he should have had. Hands overall looked dependable whether he was catching inside or down the seam.

Took a huge shot from the safety in Cover 2 against the Chiefs and was able to hang onto the ball. There were a couple of snaps where he jumped for the ball where he didn’t need to but made the catch. Would not say that he is a body catcher only because he did have two snatch catches that I saw.

Was on the majority of the special teams for the Cardinals in the game against the Bears. Lined up as the L2 on the kickoff team, left tackle on the kickoff return and inline blocker on the punt return. Appeared to handle his assignments well and without issues.    

His size, hands and willingness to show toughness as a blocker and special teamer makes this signing understandable because of the traits that he can bring to the roster. Very low risk signing that could work out well in the end.

Editors note: LaRon Byrd is the tallest Dallas Cowboys wide receiver on the roster. He’s a young, very gifted player with the toughness, work ethic, and character traits that Jason Garrett relishes. With Scott Linehan orchestrating the Dallas Cowboys offense, you can feel assured that Big Byrd will be fully utilized against these 5’11” secondaries. Nice addition.   


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Your Dallas Cowboys wide receivers …

11 Beasley, Cole WR 5-8 180 25 2 Southern Methodist
88 Bryant, Dez WR 6-2 222 25 4 Oklahoma State
80 Byrd, LaRon WR 6-4 220 24 3 Miami (Fla.)
17 Harris, Dwayne WR 5-10 207 26 3 East Carolina
83 Williams, Terrance WR 6-2 200 24 R Baylor

Your Dallas Cowboys wide receivers currently on the practice squad …

16 Benford, Tim WR 5-11 193 24 1 Tennessee Tech
86 Lewis, Lance WR 6-2 207 25 1 East Carolina
85 Newsome, Jamar WR 6-1 201 26 1 Central Florida
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4 responses

  1. Im ready to see what Big Byrd does in camp.

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    1. I have a feeling that this guy is gonna be something special in Linehan’s offense. Derek Dooley (wide receivers coach) has worked wonders with Dez, Williams, and Beasley recently and I think he’ll get Big Byrd acclimated quickly. Love the tall target for Romo and how tough he fights to get open.

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      1. Im also considering what he can do in the block game. Murray gets a lane open and if we can get more guys as down and dirty as Dez in the physical block dept then those rushes or dump off passes can really explode.

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        1. Let alone just the idea of what happens in a game when an offense is bullying a damn DEFENSE. Dez does. Murray does. If Byrd can be another piece like that…….its on.

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