PLAYER
Kerry Hyder Jr.
DE #61
Height:
6-2
Weight:
270
Age:
26
College:
Texas Tech
Hometown:
Austin, TX
Experience:
2

Quick Stats (2016):

TCKL
36
SCK
8.0
FF
0
INT
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Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 36 23 13 8.0 0 1 0 0 -- 0 0 0 1
2016 DET 16 2 36 23 13 8.0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 1
2015 DET 1 0 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --

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Biography

Hyder joined the Lions as a member of the practice squad in 2015 following a stint with the New York Jets practice squad in 2014. Entered the NFL with the Jets as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2014 out of Texas Tech. Emerged on the scene as the team's sack leader with 8.0 in 2016 in his breakout year in which he also totaled 36 tackles (23 solo), 11 tackles for loss and 19 QBH.

MANE FACTS

  • Voted by his teammates for the Chuck Hughes Most Improved Player Award in 2016.

TRANSACTIONS

  • Placed on Reserved/Injured on August 15, 2017.
  • Signed by the Lions as an exclusive rights free agent on April 18, 2017.
  • Signed exclusive rights free agent tender on March 8, 2017.
  • Signed by the Lions to the active roster from the practice squad on January 2, 2016.
  • Signed by the Lions to the practice squad on September 6, 2015
  • Released by the Lions on September 5, 2015.
  • Signed by the Detroit Lions to a Reserve/Future contract on January 6, 2015.
  • Signed by the Jets to the practice squad on September 1, 2014.
  • Released by the Jets on August 30, 2014.
  • Signed by the New York Jets as an undrafted rookie free agent on May 11, 2014.

PRO
Hyder joined the Lions as a member of the practice squad in 2015 following a stint with the New York Jets practice squad in 2014. Entered the NFL with the Jets as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2014 out of Texas Tech. Emerged on the scene as the team's sack leader with 8.0 in 2016 in his breakout year in which he also totaled 36 tackles (23 solo), 11 tackles for loss and 19 QBH.

2016: Recorded 2.0 sacks in Week 1 at Indianapolis (9/11). Became the first Lions player to register to two sacks in the first half of a season opener since DT Kelvin Pritchett at New Orleans September 3, 2000.

  • Tallied his third sack of the season in Week 2 vs. Tennessee (9/18).
  • Made his first career start in Week 3 at Green Bay (9/25) sacking Packers QB Aaron Rodgers for his fourth sack of the season. His 4.0 sacks through the first three weeks of the season tied for first in the NFC and tied for second in the NFL, trailing only Von Miller (5.0). Became the first Lions player with 4.0 sacks in the first three games of a season (fourth all-time) since DE Tracy Scroggins in 1995. Also became the first Lions player to record 1.0+ sacks in each of his first three games since DE Kyle Vanden Bosch in 2011 and is just the fifth Lion to do so all-time.
  • Recorded his fifth sack of the season by sacking Bears QB Brian Hoyer in Week 4 at Chicago (10/2). Became the third Lions defensive player ever to register 5+ sacks through the team’s first four games (DE William Gay, 8.5 in 1983; DE Robert Porcher, 5.0 in 2001). His 5.0 sacks through the first four weeks of the season led the NFC and ranked second in the NFL, trailing only Von Miller (5.5).
  • Contributed one solo tackle in Week 5 vs. Philadelphia (10/9).
  • Continued to be a mainstay along the Lions defensive front, recording three solo tackles, including two for loss in Week 6 vs. Los Angeles (10/16). Registered 2+ tackles for loss for the second time in his career.
  • Recovered his first career fumble in Week 7 vs. Washington (10/23), which led to a Lions field goal. Also added three solo tackles and two hits on Redskins QB Kirk Cousins.
  • Totaled a career-high four tackles (two solo), including one tackle for loss in Week 8 at Houston (10/30). Also registered a hit on Texans QB Brock Osweiler.
  • Sacked Vikings QB Sam Bradford twice in Week 9 at Minnesota (11/6), tying a career-high and bringing his season total to 7.0. Tallied three additional tackles in the contest (two solo) and two more hits on Bradford.
  • Contributed three total tackles (two solo) including one tackle for loss in Week 11 vs. Jacksonville (11/20).
  • Tallied one hit on Vikings QB Sam Bradford in a Week 12 (11/24) Thanksgiving Day victory over Minnesota.
  • Registered two hits on Saints QB Drew Brees in Week 13 at New Orleans (12/4). Added three total tackles (one solo) en route to a 28-13 road victory.
  • Sacked Bears QB Matt Barkley once, while registering an additional two hits on the quarterback in Week 14 vs. Chicago (12/11). Through 13 games, Hyder has recorded a team-high 8.0 sacks.
  • Totaled five tackles (one solo) in Week 15 at New York Giants (12/18).
  • Assisted on two tackles in Week 16 at Dallas (12/26).
  • Assisted on one tackle in Week 17 vs. Green Bay (1/1). Also recorded one hit and one pass defense against Packers QB Aaron Rodgers.
  • Assisted on two tackles in the NFC Wild Card Game at Seattle (1/7), while also registering one hit on Seahawks QB Russell Wilson. Finished the season with a team-high 8.0 sacks. 

2015: In Week 17 at Chicago (1/3), signed to the active roster from the practice squad and saw action on defense and special teams.

2014: Member of the New York Jets practice squad for the 2014 season.

COLLEGE
A four-year contributor at Texas Tech, Hyder finished his career by starting in 41 of 49 games and totaled 176 tackles (125 solo), 11 sacks, 34 tackles for loss, six forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 10 pass defenses.

  • Senior year honors include: All-Big 12 Second Team, Big 12 Broadcasters All-Conference First Team, AP All-Big 12 Second Team, midseason Kansas City Star Big 12 Defensive MVP, Midseason FOX Sports All-Big 12 First Team, Midseason Phil Steele All-Big 12 First Team, Midseason San Antonio Express-News All-Big 12 First Team, Preseason Dave Campbell’s All-Texas Team, Preseason College Football News Big 12 Top Players (No. 20), Preseason College Football News All-Big 12 First Team, Preseason All-Big 12 (media), Lombardi Award Watch List, Bronko Nagurski Watch List, Outland Trophy Watch List, Preseason Phil Steele All-Big 12 First Team and Preseason Athlon Big-12 First Team.

PERSONAL
Ranked as the No. 40 defensive end recruit in the country by Scout.com out of Lyndon B. Johnson (Texas) High School. Named Class 4A All-State Second Team as a senior.

  • Majored in business at Texas Tech.
  • Has five siblings.

Recent Articles

  • Player awards: Most Improved

    Posted Jan 13, 2017

    Defensive end Kerry Hyder was named the Chuck Hughes Most Improved Player Award winner by his teammates.

  • TWENTYMAN: Lions promote Kerry Hyder

    By Tim Twentyman - Posted Jan 2, 2016

    With Jason Jones doubtful to play Sunday in Chicago because of a neck injury, the Lions have promoted Kerry Hyder from their practice squad.

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