Pittsburgh Steelers 2014 Training Camp Profile: Dri Archer

By Ronnie Hampston
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The Pittsburgh Steelers finished 8-8 last season, and were just one game out of playoff contention. On paper, Ben Roethlisberger had an excellent season, rookie running back Le’Veon Bell came on as a quality player when he got healthy, and Antonio Brown was one of the top wide receivers in the NFL. An 0-4 to the start of the 2013 season doomed them, and they were stuck trying to get out of a huge hole.

The Steelers’ offense was in dire need of more playmakers, so they decided to address that issue in this year’s NFL Draft. The Steelers drafted Archer in the third round. Archer is a running back, but he is versatile enough to play wide receiver, and he is a dynamic return man. The Steelers only had one return touchdown last season, and Archer will look to make in immediate impact in that department.

Archer is known for his speed, and has been clocked around 4.2 in the 40-yard dash. In the NFL, team’s salivate over speed, and head coach Mike Tomlin has a burner in Archer. Players like him are very valuable to offenses around the league. Do-it-all guys like Percy Harvin, Darren Sproles, Dexter McCluster, and Gio Bernard gives their offense a different element that is hard to prepare for.

The Steelers have had some speed guys in the past in Santonio Holmes and Mike Wallace, but Archer is a different breed.

Having the luxury to line Archer up all over the field makes it scary for opposing defenses. He will have a role as a third-down running back, punt returner, kick off returner, and he could possibly line up a wide receiver. Archer has a chance to be the Steelers’ jack-of-all trades, and I am sure they are ready to unleash his speed on the AFC and the rest of the NFL.

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