Arizona Cardinals: Will LaRon Byrd Make an Impact?


Dec. 23, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA: Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) talks with LaRon Byrd (17) against the Chicago Bears at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Bears defeated the Cardinals 28-13. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

With so much talent and depth the Cardinals have at the wide receiver it will be difficult for LaRon Byrd to make a impact. There are not enough footballs to go around for everybody, even with a pass-first offense and a great deep-ball thrower in Carson Palmer seizing the reins at quarterback.

Byrd will have to fight for a roster spot so his mountain is tall and steep. After suffering a neck injury in OTA’s his chances have just gotten slimmer. While he is healthy now it could be a recurring injury. If it is that could spell trouble for him, and even be cut by Arizona. Why would they waste a roster spot on someone who is injury prone and is really not needed on the team?

In 2012, Byrd caught one pass, and he has only hauled in one pass during his career. Byrd has the athletic ability to succeed, but it hasn’t translated to success on the field. If he doesn’t come into training camp hungry with a desire to make a roster spot, he has no chance.

Byrd will be a underdog heading into training camp, and quite frankly I just don’t see him making the squad. Unless he just showcases his talent in the limited opportunities he will get during the preseason. Hopefully he becomes a diamond in the rough for the Arizona Cardinals and has a healthy and successful career here in the desert.