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Old 07-03-2014, 05:39 AM   #1
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Default Rookie Dri Archer expects to play 'big role' for Steelers

If we know anything about this year's Pittsburgh Steelers, it's this: Speed will set them apart from last year's incarnation.

First-round pick Ryan Shazier hits the scene as the fastest linebacker to enter the NFL since Brian Urlacher, while third-rounder Dri Archer gives the Black and Gold an offensive X-factor who rattled off the combine's top 40 time (4.26) and is expected to be used creatively in offensive coordinator Todd Haley's scheme.

"It's going to be a big role, Archer said, per the Akron Beacon Journal, "but I'm just going to do whatever I'm asked to do. Play receiver, play running back, helping special teams. Whatever they want me to do, I'm going to do it."

Unpacking Archer's role on the Around the League Podcast, we struggle to see him eating up significant snaps at running back or receiver out of the gate. He's an immediate threat, though, to flame teams as a kick-returning freak of nature:


"Unique is an understatement, man," Shazier told the newspaper. "He's just tremendously fast. What he does, you can't get out of just anybody. It's amazing what he does. Whenever you get the ball in his hands, it's like lightning in a bottle. We've just got to try and get that lightning as much as possible."

The young linebacker's words suggest that Archer did much more than return kicks this offseason. There is, after all, some connective DNA with how Haley attempted to use Dexter McCluster in Kansas City. But Archer figures to be meshed slowly into the attack for a Steelers team that should be fun to watch come September.



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I like his confidence in himself. He seems willing to do whatever is asked, just like a rookie should. One thing you can't coach is speed.
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I like his confidence in himself. He seems willing to do whatever is asked, just like a rookie should. One thing you can't coach is speed.
To "piggy-back" off of you, I like the way he understands what his role is and is willing to contribute, he has to be my favorite draft selection. At first I thought WTF, another RB but after calming down and reading more on him I am completely stoked to have him and the confidence is only a plus in the right direction!
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Tavon Austin slowly developed for the Rams and he was a first round pick with Big School pedigree playing at WVU. Being so small and light, NFL defenders just muscled him around and out of plays. He made few splashes. I agree Archer looks good on tape, but he played against MAC competition where most of his competition are less talented college players and most won't sniff an NFL training camp. I like his confidence, but he and Haley have their work cut out to scheme him into being effective into more than a decoy. However, he will be a beast in Madden 15.
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Tavon Austin slowly developed for the Rams and he was a first round pick with Big School pedigree playing at WVU. Being so small and light, NFL defenders just muscled him around and out of plays. He made few splashes. I agree Archer looks good on tape, but he played against MAC competition where most of his competition are less talented college players and most won't sniff an NFL training camp. I like his confidence, but he and Haley have their work cut out to scheme him into being effective into more than a decoy. However, he will be a beast in Madden 15.
My issue with Archer is that he isn't a WR. His college coach even said he made a mistake by using him in the slot. He was trying to show him off for the NFL scouts. But in reality Archer is a RB. Which is fine if you are playing in the MAC against players that can't sniff a 4.6. But in the NFL he is going to find running between the tackles a different experience. I know 4.26 sounds lightning fast but you're only looking at .14 at 40 YARDS difference than some CBs.

Which is why Haley is going to have to use him sparingly. A few plays a game on offense and KR duties. Maybe PR.
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My issue with Archer is that he isn't a WR. His college coach even said he made a mistake by using him in the slot. He was trying to show him off for the NFL scouts. But in reality Archer is a RB. Which is fine if you are playing in the MAC against players that can't sniff a 4.6. But in the NFL he is going to find running between the tackles a different experience. I know 4.26 sounds lightning fast but you're only looking at .14 at 40 YARDS difference than some CBs.

Which is why Haley is going to have to use him sparingly. A few plays a game on offense and KR duties. Maybe PR.
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Big role? 60 carries 300 yards
50 catches 600 yards
30 kickoff returns 1000 yards
20 punt returns 300 yards

Pretty busy. (Okay, so maybe I'm being a little optimistic. )
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that would be so awesome. i would settle for one or two big plays in the season, and no terrible injuries or game losing special teams mistakes.
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