Redskins give Byrd another chance

Redskins give Byrd another chance
December 7, 2011, 9:50 pm
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The Redskins still have a tight end from USC on their roster, re-signing Dominique Byrd to replace the suspended Fred Davis.

Byrd was at Redskin Park Wednesday and participates in practice. He could quickly emerge as the No. 2 tight end behind new starter Logan Paulsen.

Byrd , 27, was a third round pick by St. Louis in 2006, but has played only 15 games (six catches, one touchdown) in stays with the Rams, Arizona and Seattle. He originally signed with the Redskins Oct. 26 but was released on Nov. 8.

During the last month, Byrd stayed with Davis.

Just working out at Lifetime Fitness, playing a little basketball, trying to stay in shape, Byrd said. I didnt know if they would re-sign me but Im glad to be back. Its an opportunity.

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said Byrd has a good upside.

When he was here, we saw some athletic ability in him, Shanahan said. We didnt have the luxury at the time of keeping him on the squad but with Fred going out and Dominique being available, we thought we would give him a shot.

I liked him coming out of college. Hes an athlete. If he can get everything together on the practice field, we think he has the ability to play and play at a high level.