Steelers have signed third-round running back Dri Archer to a $2.748 million contract that includes a $506,016 signing bonus
— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) June 12, 2014
According to a report from Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post, the Pittsburgh Steelers have signed third round pick Dri Archer. The former Kent State Golden Flash is expected to give them a huge boost in terms of speed and playmaking ability from a few different spots, but the Steelers have not been forthcoming with how they want to use him at this point.
Archer has been used primarily as a running back and kick returner, but this past year under new head coach ,there was a more concerted effort to give Archer opportunities to shine in a receiver role as well as working to improve at returning punts. Injuries did not allow Archer to have the overwhelming success he did as a junior, but the expectation is he will have a much smaller workload with the Steelers.
The Steelers could use Archer the way they intended to use Chris Rainey when they took the speedster from Florida, who was a similar athlete in space, but had issues off the field. They may just find ways to get the ball to Archer where he has some open field in front of him, because of his outstanding straight line speed as well as his agility. Whether in the backfield giving the much bigger Le’Veon Bell a break or supplementing the Steelers receivers, Archer is the type of player that is always a threat to score.