The Pittsburgh Steelers made two roster moves Sunday, and as they released two draft picks in Anthony Chickillo and Doran Grant, they acquired running back Jordan Todman who was waived by the Carolina Panthers and defensive end Caushaud Lyons who was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Get to know the newest members of the black and gold.
Jordan Todman (5-feet 10-inches, 198-pounds) is a 4-year veteran out of Connecticut, and was a 6th round draft choice by the San Diego Chargers in 2011. Todman has primarily played for the Jacksonville Jaguars, but also spent time with the Minnesota Vikings and most recently the Panthers before signing with the Steelers Sunday. Todman is a versatile running back who can run between the tackles, catch the ball out of the backfield and also has NFL experience returning kickoffs.
Todman very well might have won his current job with the Steelers in his performance against the team last Thursday at Heinz Field when he ran for 70-yards on just 5 carries, one of them being a 49-yard touchdown. Todman will likely be competing for time in the backfield with Dri Archer as the backup to DeAngelo Williams during Le'Veon Bell's two-game absence.
Caushaud Lyons (6-feet 5-inches, 290-pounds) is a rookie out of Tusculum and can play multiple roles along the defensive line. Taken as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Buccaneers, the Steelers were able to claim Lyons off waivers upon his release.
NFL.com's Draft Profile on Lyons lists his strengths as having the prototypical frame to be a 3-4 end. Extremely athletic with plus explosiveness for his size. Ran a sub 4.9-second 40-yard dash at his pro day with a 10-foot broad jump. Explosive quickness out of stance that can be harnessed with better pad level and more coaching. Shows off agile feet when sliding down the line of scrimmage after a ball carrier. Overwhelmed competition once he took the lead on a snap.
As for his weaknesses, it lists his very basic use of hands. Needs to learn to punch, extend and shed blockers. Still developing as a pass rusher and will often just try to win with brute force. Motor doesn't always rev. Often overwhelmed much smaller competition in front of him. Needs to keep pad level down.
Lyons will wear No. 99 for the Steelers. For more on Lyons, here is his highlight film from his Senior year at Tusculum against several South Atlantic opponents.