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Old 10-24-2014, 12:37 AM   #1
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Default Danny Smith: Dri Archer going through “growing pains” as returner

Danny Smith: Dri Archer going through “growing pains” as returner

Posted by Mike Wilkening on October 23, 2014



As a third-round pick and the fastest player in the 40-yard dash at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine, rookie Dri Archer will get every chance to become a return ace for the Steelers.

However, it’s been a rough go on kickoffs thus far for the Kent State product.

In five regular season games, Archer has returned just 1-of-9 kickoffs beyond his own 20-yard-line, and he’s yet to even reach the 25 on any return. He also has one punt return for two yards.

Steelers special teams coordinator Danny Smith believes Archer is going through “growing pains” as he learns his craft, especially as it pertains to using other elements of his game than speed. But he also believes the 5-foot-8, 173-pound Archer is “going to be a good football player” once everything clicks.

“There are a lot of fast guys working at McDonald’s that can’t play this game. There just is,” Smith said Thursday, according to the club. “There are a lot of things that you have to do, and he’s learning those things, and it’s a maturation process.

“I love the guy. I’ll never give up on him because he works.”

Smith believes Archer “presses” with an eye on making a big play, something the long-time special teams coach believes is to be expected.

But Smith also expects Archer to break out at some point.

“As soon as that kid makes a big play we’ll all be jumping on the bandwagon,” Smith said. “We’ll all be celebrating, ‘Hey he’s what we thought he was.’ It will come. It really will. I’ve seen it too many times. (It’s) because of his work habits and because of his athleticism and because of his want to I think he’s going to be fine. And the sooner the better.”

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com...s-as-returner/
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Old 10-24-2014, 01:52 AM   #2
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Default Re: Danny Smith: Dri Archer going through “growing pains” as returner

archer being a fairly big investment with a 3rd rnd pick , better soon be showing dividends on the investment if he wants to stay on the active roster. otherwise he's a waste of space.
where'd the little guy that made those big plays in pre season go ?
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Default Re: Danny Smith: Dri Archer going through “growing pains” as returner

Growing pains.....

 


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In five regular season games, Archer has returned just 1-of-9 beyond his own 20
Are we certain he even had the one???..Could have been a mirage..
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Default Re: Danny Smith: Dri Archer going through “growing pains” as returner

Steelers' Dri Archer has minimal impact on offense, kicking game

October, 22, 2014
By Scott Brown | ESPN.com

PITTSBURGH -- Whenever I am asked after an NFL draft how the Pittsburgh Steelers fared my stock answer is this: Ask me in three years.

I think it takes at least that long to fairly evaluate a draft -- and the players in it -- which is why it is way too premature to skewer the Steelers for using a third-round pick in May on running back Dri Archer.

But the pick looks as puzzling seven weeks into the NFL season as it did when the Steelers made a luxury selection even though they had more pressing needs, especially on a defense that is in transition.

Archer has rushed for 37 yards on seven carries and caught just four passes for 9 yards in five games. Archer, who missed two games because of a sprained ankle, is on pace for 129 rushing and receiving yards combined this season.

That is 33 less than what Chris Rainey, another speedy but small back, managed in 2012, the only season the former fifth-round pick played for the Steelers.

The Steelers never figured out how to maximize Rainey's speed and versatility before dumping him after one season because of off-the-field issues.

They are running into the same issues with Archer in part because getting touches for the 5-foot-8, 173-pounder has been as problematic as it looked when the Steelers drafted him with Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount already atop the depth chart at running back.

Bell has been an absolute stud in his second season and he is so valuable that the Steelers are having a hard enough time finding playing time for Blount much less Archer.

The biggest indictment of the Archer pick to date is he has not provided the jolt that the Steelers had hoped for on special teams.

Archer routinely gets tackled short of the 20-yard line and that is when teams aren't kicking the ball out of the end zone.

Archer may be one of the fastest players in the NFL but he is last among those with at least nine kickoff returns (17.9 yards per return). General manager Kevin Colbert said after the Steelers picked Archer that they took him so high because they viewed the Kent State product as a starter because of his kick-return ability.

So far that hasn't translated into Archer making an impact in the kicking game.

It is way too early to condemn the pick, and Archer could develop into the dynamic kickoff returner and player who can exploit mismatches that the Steelers envisioned when they drafted him.

But considering the dearth of promising young cornerbacks on the roster it is right to question whether the Steelers wouldn't have been better off addressing that position -- or any number of other ones on defense -- before taking a player like Archer.

http://espn.go.com/blog/pittsburgh-s...n-kicking-game
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Default Re: Danny Smith: Dri Archer going through “growing pains” as returner

I think that's the problem with Archer seeing more touches. He plays behind our biggest weapon on offense. This guy is very talented. Just gotta figure out a way to get him on the field more.
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Default Re: Danny Smith: Dri Archer going through “growing pains” as returner

RE: Return Game

The Steeler return game looks a lot like the last time they practiced it was back in May. The blocking has been atrocious, and Archer looks like he has no clue as to where the creases are. He keeps trying to get to the edge, but by the time he gets there, so have the defenders.

They need to give him better north-south lanes for him to explode through.
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Default Re: Danny Smith: Dri Archer going through “growing pains” as returner

Growing pains for a man who's about 5'8"? Harsh.

You either have a knack to return kicks or you don't.

Running sideways to avoid contact isn't the way to do things.
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Growing pains for a man who's about 5'8"? Harsh.

You either have a knack to return kicks or you don't.

Running sideways to avoid contact isn't the way to do things.
His issues are more mental and poor blocking.
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His issues are more mental and poor blocking.
And we saw how well the mental issues worked out for Sweeeeeeeeed. I wonder if Dri will ever have that breakthrough on a return where it clicks for him.
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Default Re: Danny Smith: Dri Archer going through “growing pains” as returner

Sorry, I'm going to side on the poor blocking as opposed to mental issues. He doesn't seem to have much an issue running out of the backfield.
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