Steelers to Ink Explosive Undrafted Free Agent Return Specialist
PITTSBURGH — The Steelers are signing undrafted free agent running back Jordan Byrd out of San Diego State, according to Brad Benson of KRQE News.
Byrd joins Tanner Morgan as the second undrafted free agent that has signed with the Steelers. He is an Albuquerque native, the same place that Steelers tight end Zach Gentry is from. He will compete for the final running back spot on the roster after Benny Snell has yet to return to the team after the 2022 season.
Over his five years with the Aztecs, Byrd racked up 1363 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns on 275 rushes. However, where Byrd’s value is at its highest is as a kick returner. In his career, Byrd has three kick return touchdowns and was named a second-team All-American in 2022 because of his return ability. In addition, he can return punts, having one touchdown off punts in his career, and he notched one each this past season at San Diego State.
The Steelers are looking for a returner after return man Steven Sims left the team to head to the Houston Texans following the season. Now, Byrd should have an opportunity to compete for that job alongside players such as Anthony McFarland and Calvin Austin. Byrd is a useful receiver out of the backfield as well, but standing only at 5-foot-9, he relies on his quickness and speed to pop on kickoffs.