Dri Archer lining up everywhere for Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers Mr. Big Play
The first-offensive player Pittsburgh drafted, in 2014, was Kent State's Dri Archer. The same guy who averaged 8.4 yards per carry, in his final two-college seasons, ran a 4.26 forty at the NFL Scouting Combine and scored four touchdowns on the 18 kick-returns as a junior and senior. Explosive! Lethal! Awe-dropping! Just a few terms to describe the play of Archer on the football field.
It was the first day in pads, in Latrobe, PA the home of Steelers training camp. "Those helmet and shorts were not football," Archer said. "Now we got the big boy pads on." The rookie acknowledges that seeing shows like HBO's Hard-Knocks, doesn't compare to living it. "Watching camp to experiencing it is a whole different level," Archer said after practice.
He warmed up with the running backs as the team prepared for practice and worked with the receivers during drills. Jokingly asking him afterwards if there isn't a position on offense we won't see him, and he laughed saying, "at quarterback." The followup question to Archer was - Could he promise we wouldn't see him at quarterback?
Laughing, Archer responded, "no it's not a promise, but you never sure," on where he may be lined up.
He took carries, and he lined up at receiver. Archer also took a reverse, adding another wrinkle to the Steelers offense. Pittsburgh could ask Archer to do a wide arrange of things. Versatility and speed are the trademarks of his explosive game. Offensive Coordinator Todd Haley appears to be making sure those abilities aren't excluded from the Steelers playbook, in 2014.
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