Steelers RB Dri Archer Plays With A Chip On His Shoulder

Pittsburgh Steelers running back/wide receiver Dri Archer might be small in stature, but he carries around a big chip on his shoulders.

Archer said recently after practice that Kent State was the only school to offer him a scholarship because other programs were deterred by his 5-8, 173 pound size. He now uses that as motivation.

“I used nobody else offering me a scholarship as a chip on my shoulder,” said Archer. “I always play with a chip on my shoulder and try to show the world what they missed out on. Kent was lucky enough to have me on their team. There are always going to be people that doubt you. They tell me I am too small. I am too short. I am not going to be able to play college football and I did that.”

Archer’s selection by the Steelers in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft really caught a lot of people by surprise. Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert, however, has said that he sees Archer as a starter because of what he believes the speedster can offer as a kick and punt returner. Colbert even went as far as to compare him to Mel Gray, who had a long career in the NFL as a return specialist.

The Steelers will more than likely try to get Archer some snaps on offense in 2014 in order to take advantage of his speed and versatility. Offensive coordinator Todd Haley did that very same thing in Kansas City with Dexter McCluster.

Archer took part in the Steelers rookie minicamp this weekend that wraps up on Sunday.

“It’s a great feeling,” said Archer. “I worked for this for a long time.”

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  • Eric MacLaurin

    Was the surprise mainly amongst steelers fans or was Dri rated significantly outside the top 100? I can see wanting to focus on another position but the value was there.

    I think the idea that people didn’t think he was a priority for the steelers is valid but I don’t think he was drafted too high in general. Obviously the Steelers were right that Bryant would last until the 4th round pick when presented with both players at 97. I don’t think Dri would have lasted.

  • cencalsteeler

    Dri is right. When you have such a small stature compared to what would be called the norm, you have to play with a chip on your shoulder! He is always going to be criticized for his frame, so he needs to use that as his motivation. Go get em Dri!!

  • Scot Hickerson

    Excellent pick, top four picks were all home runs. Archer is strong, 173 is a lot for 5’8. I think he will hold up fine. He is a Tavon Austin type player in the 3rd round instead of the first. For those who question the value e is a starting returner, a number 3 RB, and a number 4,5 or 6 slot WR,rolled into one player who can take it to the house on any play. Plus he creates more room on the roster.

  • Doug Sawyer

    He benched 225lbs 20 times …dear god that’s strong for his weight

  • Scot Hickerson

    That is a lot I bet he maxes over 300lbs. Coaches just need to teach him not to follow Bell and Blounts Running style, running over and through people so he will avoid injuries and stay healthy and he will do just fine.

  • Brian Miller

    I agree…especially when you go back and the do redraft exercise that Dave posted last week, I don’t think there were too many other players going immediately after him that I wanted, with the exception of Martavis Bryant, and we still got him, so I am happy!

  • Lil Smitty

    I was surprised by the Steelers picking Archer. After seeing videos of him, I can understand why they did. He is so fast and quick. I have heard a lot about his durability in the NFL. As long as he doesn’t try to run like Bettis, he should survive.
    I am concerned about what playing on natural surfaces like Heinz field will do to his knees, ankles, and quickness. All the video I saw of him was on artificial surfaces. Will he lose some of his quickness. I hope not! I would love to see defenses sweating it with AB on one side of the formation and Dri on the other. Either one can go the distance every time they touch the ball.

  • Iron Cadet

    Must be a very small chip. Like one of those broken ones at the bottom of the bag

  • RMSteeler

    If he can pick up PR , he will definitely be worth the pick in addition to his KR duties. Starting drives closer to the 35 instead of the 20 like the past two years should make a significant difference. If Munchak can install an effective outside ZBS by the start of the season, Archer could rip some big runs if he has the great vision some evaluators say. Also, an effective ZBS would allow Archer to sneak out the backside on wheel routes. If he can catch in stride on plays like that, watching DE’s and OLB’s trying to cover him will look like Archer running cone drills at the combine.

  • blue

    Steelers fastest player ever.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    Hines Archer: No one ever gave him a shot. Drafted in the third. ;)

  • Ted Reiter

    Quite possibly the NFL’s fastest player ever.

  • Scot Hickerson

    Speed don’t mean crap as a RB or QB if you don’t have Running ability ( the vision to see and time holes and blocking) Johnny Mazeil at 1500 yds rushing as a QB definitely has running ability (who was only 4.6) so does Archer and Tavon Austin. Get the ball in Archers hands and he will do the rest. lol

  • Scot Hickerson

    yes sir he is, regardless of what he benches, or squats, just put him with a qb coach who will teach him to slide and get tackled with out getting hurt and then all you need to do is just get him the darn ball. LOL

  • Scot Hickerson

    Dude, this is the NFL, right. the size of the chip is an inverse relationship to the size of the player more often than not. 5’8 173lbs 4.2 benches 225 20 times. IMO he beat Tavon Austin the year before he got hurt. His chip is what a Giant wants on Salsa night. LOL

  • Jacque Strappe

    Maybe he’s the Flash.

  • shawn

    for once i agree with u lol !

  • shawn

    well over 300 lbs … for what its worth 10 reps of 225 roughly equals 300 lb max

  • shawn

    he knows well how to not get tackled and hurt … everyone is worried about injuries, but lets face it we have been hit big time with injuries to so many draft picks (Spencer, Pouncey, Ebernaste, etc) and i dont hear people blaming size with those guys … a lot of times it has nothing to do with size … not worried about this guy at all …

    everyone saying he can only handle a few carries a game is horse sh*t … watch the tape and u can tell the guy is a tough as nails SOB !

  • shawn

    yup … obviously not possible to prove … but IMO definitely the fastest player in pads to ever play the game !

    Everyone keeps saying 4.26 … but the fact is he ran a 4.16 … the fastest time ever officially hand clocked in combine history !

    his 4.26 was the official computerised time !

  • Iron Cadet

    So like a Tostitos scoops? Or hint of lime?

  • Hp B

    Super strong!
    How many 175 lb people are there who can bench 225 lbs 20 times!!?

  • steelster

    Mel Kiper picked Archer to be offensive rookie of the year right before the draft.

  • Hp B

    That certainly stuck out! Like Walter Payton. Freakish strength.

  • BaconLovingInfidel

    Willie Parker just teared up.

  • BaconLovingInfidel

    Nonetheless, I think we got a good one.