Steelers RB Dri Archer Apparently Blew Off OTA Practices For NFLPA Rookie Premier

Pittsburgh Steelers rookie running back Dri Archer will apparently not practice at all this week during the first OTA session of the 2014 season.

Initially it was reported that Archer, the Steelers third-round selection this year in the 2014 NFL Draft, was excused from practice with an illness, but evidently that illness didn’t prevent him from attending the NFL Players Association Rookie Premier in Los Angeles that got underway on Wednesday.

Maybe there is more to this story than what we know, but Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote Thursday morning that it really looks like Archer just blew off the first week of OTAs. Sure, these practices are voluntary, but one would think that a rookie would want to attend them.

Archer was present for the Steelers rookie minicamp following the draft, so at least he has gotten a chance to get some work in.

We will see if head coach Mike Tomlin meets the media after Thursday’s practice and if perhaps he gave Archer his blessing to be away all week. I kind of doubt that, though.

  • Matt Manzo

    Uh oh!

  • Crowned

    Non-story. I’d imagine he sat down with Tomlin or someone in the front office and gave them a heads up that he would be attending this instead of just “blowing it off”.

  • Caesar

    And so it begins…

  • RW

    What in the world is the NFLPA rookie premier?

  • Eric MacLaurin

    Voluntary means you only go if you really care about your job.

    With as little practice time as the CBA allows the idea of a rookie skipping the first week because he has other priorities is a pretty big red flag.

  • cencalsteeler

    I believe one of his interviews stated that he was one of the first ones to minicamp. What I don’t understand is why the NFL puts on this rookie premier at the same time most teams are conducting their OTA’s. Bump the draft up a week earlier, have the rookie premier, than camps open.

  • Kurt Williams

    My thoughts exactly.

  • joed32

    LOS ANGELES, May 27, 2014 – More than 35 top rookies from the 2014 NFL Draft class will come together in Los Angeles May 29-31 to learn the business of football at the 20th annual NFL sent their #1PA Rookie Premiere. A robust roster of business partners will be on site to grow their brands and promote their products through the utilization of group player rights facilitated by NFL Players Inc.

    This is a mandatory event and each team is required to send one of their rookies to attend. A lot of teams sent their #1 pick. Why does everything need to be turned into something negative.

  • Kurt Williams

    “players will learn about the business of football from fellow players, union leadership, and industry experts as they start to build a game plan to succeed beyond their playing careers.”

  • Matt Manzo

    That clears it up! Thanx!

  • John21

    NFW!!???

  • http://batman-news.com steellife007

    Non news as it’s better Archer went than Shazior, Tuitt, or Bryant as he has less to learn. On another note, they just released Nik Embernate.

  • DowntownDonni

    Word up!

  • Benjamin Simpson

    I’m sure Mike Tomlin is aware he is representing the Steelers in the NFLPA Premiere. Who else would he send. I’m sure glad that Shazier and Tuitt are getting their reps in OTA’s.. For someone that seems to put in a lot a time to this team. I’m surprised you didn’t know this..

  • DowntownDonni

    Slow media days, the idiots had nothing to do… all the big correspondents are busy right now… wow imagine how far down the pole these people are.

  • ApexSteel

    I knew I was going to come back to this article and everyone would be losing it… You guys jump to so many conclusions.

  • Benjamin Simpson

    I guess sensationalism sells, but is it that good news..

  • RMSteeler

    I’d say Archer is off to a good start in branding. He already got a national endorsement and TV commercial, less than a month afte being drafted in the THIRD round! How long did it take for Troy to get his Head and Shoulders deal?

  • Jacque Strappe

    Is the NFLPA and NFL in sync on this one? Seems the NFL had nothing to do with it. A business class put on by the PA. Here’s his business, catch the kick, run fast with it, don’t fumble it. That’s about it.

  • JAMESH

    Thanks, joed32.

  • NW86

    Wow, I generally respect Bouchette, but for him to turn this non-story about a player attending a NFLPA event, one that the team is required to send a rookie to, into a sensationalized “Archer Blew off OTA’s because he is not dedicated to the Steelers” story is misleading and even irresponsible.

  • cencalsteeler

    I would assume the letters “NFL” in NFLPA would tell us they’re are indeed correlated, but I’m guessing on it, quite honestly.

  • Superdriller316

    Here’s the list of scheduled attendee’s from the NFLPA’s website.

    2014 NFLPA Rookie Premiere Participant Roster*
    LAST
    FIRST
    POS
    SCHOOL
    TEAM
    Adams
    Davante
    WR
    Fresno State
    Green Bay Packers
    Archer
    Dri
    RB
    Kent State
    Pittsburgh Steelers
    Beckham
    Odell, Jr.
    WR
    Louisiana State
    New York Giants
    Benjamin
    Kelvin
    WR
    Florida State
    Carolina Panthers
    Bortles
    Blake
    QB
    Central Florida
    Jacksonville Jaguars
    Boyd
    Tajh
    QB
    Clemson
    New York Jets
    Bridgewater
    Teddy
    QB
    Louisville
    Minnesota Vikings
    Carey
    Ka’Deem
    RB
    Arizona
    Chicago Bears
    Clowney
    Jadeveon
    DE
    South Carolina
    Houston Texans
    Cooks
    Brandin
    WR
    Oregon State
    New Orleans Saints
    Ebron
    Eric
    TE
    North Carolina
    Detroit Lions
    Evans
    Mike
    WR
    Texas A&M
    Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    Freeman
    Devonta
    RB
    Florida State
    Atlanta Falcons
    Garoppolo
    Jimmy
    QB
    Eastern Illinois
    New England Patriots
    Hill
    Jeremy
    RB
    Louisiana State
    Cincinnati Bengals
    Hyde
    Carlos
    RB
    Ohio State
    San Francisco 49ers
    Landry
    Jarvis
    WR
    Louisiana State
    Miami Dolphins
    Latimer
    Cody
    WR
    Indiana
    Denver Broncos
    Lee
    Marqise
    WR
    Southern California
    Jacksonville Jaguars
    Mack
    Khalil
    LB
    Buffalo
    Oakland Raiders
    Manziel
    Johnny
    QB
    Texas A&M
    Cleveland Browns
    Mason
    Tre
    RB
    Auburn
    St. Louis Rams
    Matthews
    Jordan
    WR
    Vanderbilt
    Philadelphia Eagles
    McCarron
    A.J.
    QB
    Alabama
    Cincinnati Bengals
    Moncrief
    Donte
    WR
    Ole Miss
    Indianapolis Colts
    Murray
    Aaron
    QB
    Georgia
    Kansas City
    Pierre-Louis
    Kevin
    LB
    Boston College
    Seattle Seahawks
    Richardson
    Paul
    WR
    Colorado
    Seattle Seahawks
    Robinson
    Allen
    WR
    Penn State
    Jacksonville Jaguars
    Sankey
    Bishop
    RB
    Washington
    Tennessee Titans
    Savage
    Tom
    QB
    Pittsburgh
    Houston Texans
    Seferian-Jenkins
    Austin
    TE
    Washington
    Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    Shaw
    Connor
    QB
    South Carolina
    Cleveland Browns
    Thomas
    De’Anthony
    RB
    Oregon
    Kansas City Chiefs
    Thomas
    Logan
    QB
    Virginia Tech
    Arizona Cardinals
    Thornton
    Khyri
    DL
    Southern Miss
    Green Bay Packers
    Watkins
    Sammy
    WR
    Clemson
    Buffalo Bills
    Watson
    Asa
    TE
    N.C. State
    New England Patriots
    West
    Terrance
    RB
    Towson
    Cleveland Browns
    Williamson
    Avery
    LB
    Kentucky
    Tennessee Titans

  • Steelers12328882

    yep!

  • Steelers12328882

    ahhh

  • Arthur Branch

    That makes since the kid probably will not run much in the conventional offense. As reported they will have special plays to get him the ball. I would rather him go than one of the defensive rookies.

  • Slab

    Really disheartening. How does a respected beat writer trash a young draft pick without doing even a bare minimum fact check first? He owes Archer a public apology and if I’m Archer’s teammate, Bouchette is persona non grata until he makes it right.

  • shawn

    The guy has a great work ethic & great teammate by all accounts … red flag is completely out of line !

  • Eric MacLaurin

    Out of line?

    :-)

    Do you know what a red flag is?

  • Jacque Strappe

    As “at odds” as the two have been I’m guessing that they’re not really concerned about what’s best for one another.

  • John C

    Please don’t post any more articles where Ed Bouchette is the only source. Even his own paper doesn’t trust him as he was wondering why they didn’t run his story about Archer blowing off OTAs in this mornings paper.

  • joed32

    They’re running a segment on Sports Center about and it looks pretty dry and boring. It is run by the players union and has been agreed to by the league.

  • Richard Clinton

    Are you sure that he did not have a good excuse? So often reporters write CRAP and people get all excited over nothing. This report sounds like gossip to me.

  • Brian Tollini

    Good call.

  • steelster

    his good call is after the real story has been reported.

  • Milliken Steeler

    That makes sense however, that has to take place right now? It couldn’t have been a few weeks earlier? Just a thought.

  • Louis Goetz

    And another example of people jumping at the chance to criticize and chop someone down even if they don’t know a single thing about the situation they’re commenting on.

  • Eric MacLaurin

    What are you talking about?

    You sound a little paranoid.

  • Louis Goetz

    All too often people rush to judgment — for lack of a better term — when news of something involving a player breaks. People would rather assume that a player did the worst, as opposed to waiting to see what the facts are before forming an opinion. By then, however, it’s too late as there are no appeals in the court of public opinion. I wasn’t suggesting that you had done anything.