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Damiere Byrd training camp Q&A


On evaluating his performance at camp:"I think it's been a good week with me being able to make plays. Opportunities have come and that's what you look for at camp."

On the difference from this camp to previous years:"I think I'm just playing. I think I'm having a lot of fun out there. Going out knowing everything that is going to happen; getting put in for our install. So I'm ready to go and I'm playing right now."

On what it takes to separates himself from the competition at camp:"I think every year we come in with so many new guys, somewhat competitive. I think it's just consistency. Whoever can go in there and know exactly what they are doing at what position you're getting put in at, and being able to be consistent and make the plays. That's really what stands out to our coaches."

On playing with and being coached by assistant wide receivers coach Jerricho Cotchery: "It does a little bit, now there is a clear borderline between coach and Cotch. But, it definitely feels like two years ago when he was there; he always was coaching me and Funch (Devin Funchess) up our first year. He really showed us the ropes and taught us how to be a pro. Now he has really taken that next step on how to be a pro and a receiver."

On wide receivers coach Lance Taylor:"He has a lot of energy, he pushes us a lot, and he has taken ownership of our room to really push us mentally and physically."

On the different approach with Lance Taylor than years past:"It's not much different, but coaches do have different styles in coaching. There's always going to be a different reaction and how they push us."

On what the coaching staff sees in him:"I think clearly the speed is there, being able to take that long ball over the top, and be a playmaker that way. I also think that just my competitiveness. People see me as a smaller guy so they don't see that fight in me until the field."

On the speed of the wide receivers this year:"It's definitely noticeable. They brought in a lot of speed guys from top to bottom, so you definitely know that we are trying to bring speed to our offense."

On playing another defense on Wednesday:"I'm tired of seeing (James) Bradberry across from me. I'm tired of seeing (Daryl) Worley across from me. It'll be good to see new people."

On what he expects from the Texans:"They are going to be coming to play hard. It will be the first preseason game. Everybody is tired of seeing each other's faces, everybody is tired of sleeping in a dorm and waking up at 6:30 in the morning. It will be a good game and it will be fun to be out there."

On the fastest player on the team:"I think that might be a rhetorical question. I'm never going to say anybody else is faster than me."

On filling the void left by Ted Ginn:"I have enough confidence in myself to know what's going on. I'm a speed guy that can take it off over the top, and that's what I've been doing these past few years. I've been sitting back and learning from Ted, learning from the other guys, and I think I can fill that role."

On being a veteran on the team:"It feels good. I get to send a group text and tell them (rookies) what I want now. It takes a lot of our plates now."

On what he orders from the rookies:"I'm a big nerds guy, gummy bears, sour gummy worms, and stuff like that."

On speaking with former wide receivers coach Ricky Proehl at practice:"I actually was just talking to him before I walked in here. It was great to see Rick. Rick was a great coach and a great player in his career. We've established a great relationship over the past two or three years."

On if guys race to determine the fastest player on the team:"It had to have been college my freshman year. Other than that I never have."

On having fellow South Carolina Gamecock Captain Munnerlyn back:"I don't like it (smiling). Captain tries to act like my older brother and bully me around. He's a good player, I'm glad to have him back. I'm just glad he's back."

On seeing the field as a return man:"I'm getting older, so my eyes may be getting a little weaker. I'm seeing the field great. I'm comfortable, like I said. When I'm out there, I'm just running. I know what I'm doing, seeing things early, so it's really helping me."

On the process of learning how to be a specialist:"Being a returner is a lot of improv. It's never drawn up and it never happens the way it's drawn up. Everybody is flying around and you are just kind of going with the flow. You just got to see it and just go. Just trust your instincts and hope it turns out well."

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