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Attendance Of Steelers Rookie RB Dri Archer At NFLPA Rookie Premiere Was Mandatory


We have a little more clarification now on the situation with Pittsburgh Steelers rookie running back Dri Archer, who has been accused of blowing off the first week of OTA practices in order to attend the NFLPA Rookie Premiere out in Los Angeles.

According to several other reports around the internet, the rookie event must be attended by at least one draft pick from every team and Archer was chosen by the league to be the Steelers player that had to go.

In a Wednesday story by Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com, Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith explained why rookie running back Devonta Freeman had to go to the Los Angeles event even though he really would have preferred to practice instead.

“It’s basically mandatory that he goes,” Smith said of Freeman. “He came to me and said,’Coach, I don’t really want to go.’ I said, ‘You’ve got to go.’ He said, ‘I don’t want to miss practice.’ I said, ‘Well, if you don’t go, you can’t be here at the facility. That’s the way the rules are. So go enjoy California.’ It’s an honor for him to be chosen to go.”

So there you go, Archer didn’t “blow off” practice in order to attend the NFLPA function and that means that he probably wasn’t really suffering from an illness, either.

Perhaps the NFLPA should look into scheduling these events on weekends instead of during the first week of OTA practices. It doesn’t sound like Freeman wanted to miss time and now that we know the full story, Archer probably feels the same way. At least he was able to attend the rookie minicamp and will be able to pick up where he left off next week during the second set of practices.

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  • 2443scott

    good news and a recap ….would of hated to hear someone new to team would of just blown off any time ….they dont get enough as it is …

  • Slab

    And now looking forward to Bouchette’s public apology for trashing a young man for doing exactly what he was supposed to be doing.

  • Madi

    Hopefully it includes one to the fans for being horrible at his job. Seriously, he seems like just another fan to me. But covering the Steelers is his full time job!

  • Kenneth Wilt

    Much like the press to make much-ado-about-NOTHING!! These guys just need to take some time to get things correct.

  • John C

    It is like when Ed Bouchette finally decides to give some information from the “inside”…..he screws it up!

  • Rupert

    It’s interesting that there are several teams with multiple players attending…

    Row Labels
    Count of TEAM

    Green Bay Packers
    1

    Arizona Cardinals
    1

    Atlanta Falcons
    1

    Buffalo Bills
    1

    Carolina Panthers
    1

    Chicago Bears
    1

    Cincinnati Bengals
    2

    Cleveland Browns
    3

    Denver Broncos
    1

    Detroit Lions
    1

    Green Bay Packers
    1

    Houston Texans
    2

    Indianapolis Colts
    1

    Jacksonville Jaguars
    3

    Kansas City
    1

    Kansas City Chiefs
    1

    Miami Dolphins
    1

    Minnesota Vikings
    1

    New England Patriots
    2

    New Orleans Saints
    1

    New York Giants
    1

    New York Jets
    1

    Oakland Raiders
    1

    Philadelphia Eagles
    1

    Pittsburgh Steelers
    1

    San Francisco 49ers
    1

    Seattle Seahawks
    2

    St. Louis Rams
    1

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    2

    Tennessee Titans
    2

    Grand
    Total
    40

  • James Kling

    Ed’s “Gurmpy old man who can’t get his facts straight” schtick is getting pretty old now.

  • John C

    No doubt….have you seen his online chats? Gives one line, arrogant, condescending answers.

  • Crowned

    +1 for tired of it.

  • Ken

    If I was a player I would hate the media more than anything in the world.

  • SteelersDepot

    one doesn’t need to be a player to do that

  • joed32

    That will be a long wait. He’ll explain it away somehow if he even addresses it. The term “blows off” was inexcusable.

  • Nolrog

    Why would they do something so stupid as having this rookie premier at the same time as OTAs?

  • Ken

    sounds like our government was involved in planning.

  • joed32

    It’s the union’s call and yes they should have avoided the conflict. All of the rookies they chose are almost sure to make their teams, it would be a shame if attending ended up costing a player a spot.

  • Skinny Merlino

    Way to go ed I’m sure the kids feeling welcomed what a scumbag I’m sorry

  • pittsburghjoe

    And some of us may have a totally different opinion of Ed…. Some may say he is one of the most respected beat writers in the game. I think his chats are great stuff. I guess having to listen to the beat writers in Jacksonville made me realize how good the Pittsburgh sports reporters really are. The Jags beat writer is still talking about Tim Tebow for crying out loud.

  • Steve

    Poor planning by the NFL.

  • Slab

    I enjoy some of Ed’s stuff, too. But he should know better than to report a player is “blowing off” his team and mates when he is actually attending a function as mandated by the team.

  • Tom Savastano

    Same here.. Cant even read his on line chats any more..and its really tough for me to not read anything Steeler related..

  • http://thereactionblog.com Michael Stickings

    Really unfortunate, because for a while this poor kid came under rather vicious scrutiny over what turned out to be a false media report. I like Bouchette quite a bit, but perhaps not jumping all over Archer just to get out some hot, “breaking” story would have been the more professional thing to do. And maybe giving these kids the benefit of the doubt wouldn’t be so bad either.

  • Roberto

    He won’t apologize. He’s an egotistical jerk who thinks he’s smarter than everyone else.

  • Louis Goetz

    Did the Post-Gazette remove the story?

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