Steelers Rookie Dri Archer Still Unsure Of Role, But Thinks It Will Be Big

Pittsburgh Steelers rookie wide receiver/running back Dri Archer will soon experience his first NFL training camp next month and while he was able to partake in a good majority of the offseason practices, he’s still not completely sure how exactly he will be used in 2014.

“I’m not sure,” Archer said of what his role will be with the Steelers, according to August Fagerstrom of the Akron Beacon Journal. “It’s going to be a big role, but I’m just going to do whatever I’m asked to do. Play receiver, play running back, helping special teams. Whatever they want me to do, I’m going to do it.”

Whatever Archer does wind up doing, he will be doing it with that blazing speed of his which fellow rookie, linebacker Ryan Shazier, has already had a chance to see first-hand.

“He’s just tremendously fast,” said Shazier from the 2014 Rookie Symposium. “What he does, you can’t get out of just anybody. It’s amazing what he does. Whenever you get the ball in his hands, it’s like lightning in a bottle. We’ve just got to try and get that lightning as much as possible.”

It will be up to Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley to try to get that lightning on the field as much as possible in 2014 in order to take advantage of all of his talents.

“He really does everything,” said Shazier. “He can catch, he can run, he even goes through the tackles sometimes.”

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  • blackandgoldBullion

    Both the offense and the defense could be a lot more exciting starting this season. Holy crap! I can’t wait! Steelers moving in the right direction.

  • cencalsteeler

    Please triple tape his ankles during camp for us!

  • Weiss Chad

    If this guy can stay healthy which I think he can,he sure will be a lot of fun to watch!!I think he was an excellent pick!!Is it possible he could be a full time slot reciever in the future?

  • 2443scott

    well if anything picking dri….. it sure has people talking about him and i am not just talking of the steelers or fans its other teams and media ….this is good news in that now the other teams know they will have to account for him when they prepare taking away from their time to get ready ….and those who go back to their old notes will learn a lesson the steelers are not the team they were used to playing..

  • Dom

    No chance, Still bit part players are very valuable to the offense especially if they are explosive like Dri.

  • Jason White

    I think Haley would be wise to put Dri Archer in a position to make himself known to the rest of the league very early in the season which I think Haley will do so. Hopefully Dri takes advantage of those opportunities not only for himself but for the betterment of the team. Having that wildcard going into every game day will make defenses a little uneasy when he is on the field.

  • Matt Manzo

    His toughness is what’s gonna put the exclamation point on it! Any 4.2 scat back can talk ,or be talked about, as being something to fear but Rainey proved easier said than done. Archers got strength and toughness that could make him special. And I think “special” for The Steelers is a whole ‘nother level than “special” for the cowboys/9ers! We haven’t had a “special” player since Slash.
    (And if anyone one wants to argue, I’ll go all night about Kordell being the best player in the NFL for that year.)

  • Andy

    Please don’t get our hopes up to just have another Chris Rainey experience

  • Matt Manzo

    Poly and AB are special. I was thinking more of a dual threat weapon. Running, receiving. What I was thinking was we need Poly and AB to be special, Archer could be a cherry on top!