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Steelers Film Room: RB Dri Archer 46 Yard Reception Against Giants

The Pittsburgh Steelers lost their preseason opener Saturday night to the New York Giants, but not only did they give us glimpse of how they intend on using rookie running back Dri Archer this season early on in the contest, they also gave the Cleveland Browns something they will need to prepare for in the season opener at Heinz Field..

On 1st and 10 from their own 40-yard-line, the Steelers roll out a 12 personnel grouping that includes both Archer and fellow running back Le’Veon Bell. Archer is lined up in the slot on the weak side while Bell is in the slot on the strong side.

At the snap, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger looks right before throwing a little slip screen to Archer on the left. Center Maurkice Pouncey manages to slow down the Giants defensive back just enough out in space to give Archer enough room to do what he does best. The rookie shows off his great vision and top end speed.

There are two other things, however, that I would like to note in this play.

First, left tackle Kelvin Beachum does an excellent job of giving Roethlisberger a clear throwing lane to Archer as he knocks down the hands of Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul.


Second, Bell has the presence of mind to turn around and block the Giants defensive back that’s attempting to get back into the play.


This play was pretty simplistic and while most of the credit goes to Archer, there was also solid execution by rest of the offense in addition.

I doubt that Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley will show us a ton of wrinkles that include Archer during the rest of the preseason, but this one play shows how explosive the Kent State product can be if he can get the ball out in space.

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  • Kevin Gobleck

    Can we please have a GIF of 26 falling down trying to tackle Archer? That part just makes me laugh

  • Dwayne Ferguson

    Lets all take back those third round complaints now….

  • Steve

    Why did archer stop and not use the speed to blow by?

  • Virdin Barzey

    Give Haley credit. Great play.

  • HardPunkKore

    He’s clearly the fastest guy on the field. Glad he is on our team and we don’t have to game plan against him.

  • mlc43

    He was hemmed in pretty well and 20 came across the field and had the angle. He’s a little guy and I’m not opposed to him running out of bounds when he knows he’s been had after a big gain. He really wasn’t getting by 20 barring sudden onset blindness and paralysis. :)

  • mlc43

    That was an awesome play, no doubt. However, unless we are planning on only using him as a WR, I’m still waiting to see him run between the tackles. If he can’t do that he will have a huge bulls-eye on his back every time he comes in and we will not see many results like that. Most of the reports I’ve read seem to think he can run between the tackles well enough, though. Go Steelers!

  • Alex B

    Did you not watch the game? They ran him between the tackles twice. 2 carries, 9 yards.

  • mlc43

    I had it on but wasn’t able to intently watch it. I knew he had 2 carries for 9 yards but didn’t see those, yet. I have it recorded and was going to watch it again tomorrow when I had more time. That’s really great news that he was productive between the tackles. I also missed JJ’s sack. Was it broken protection or did he work for it?

  • Alex B

    Definitely worked for it. He bullrushed Charles Brown (Giants’ starting left tackle) and completely blew him up, then made a diving shoestring effort on Eli to take him down for a loss of 8 or 9.

  • ApexSteel

    Great play but Heath is slower than slow. Run and block someone man.


    Wish I could “Like” this twice.


    In addition to watching Pouncey on this play, isolate on DeCastro.


    Yeah! And why didn’t he jump up, change a bulb in the light fixture, grab a hot dog from a vendor, and then make the tackle on himself?

  • cp72

    Get this kid out in space and then sit back and enjoy the show.

  • Jesse Murray

    Heath looked anything but slow on that play. Newsflash Archer makes everyone look slower.

  • cp72

    The great part about that is 26 is Antrell Rolle a pro bowl safety. It’s not like he did that to a guy that will be working at Dicks Sporting Goods in two weeks.

  • Steve

    What we called digging for worms

  • James P. Kelly

    An interesting point–these gifs are fantastic for seeing the roots of a play’s development–check out where the Giants’ #20 started his pursuit in relation to where Dri Archer was and Dri’s direction. It looks to me as if #20 immediately bolted down-field at a good angle when he saw Archer cut laterally toward the sideline…and #20 was seven yards down-field at the time. Logically, #20 should have been at the 15 yard line waiting for Archer with enough time to drink a beer and text his wife. Instead, he cut Dri off but only by a step or two. Dri’s speed is amazing.

  • ApexSteel

    I wasn’t even comparing him to Dri. I was looking at a player, who ran a 4.87 when he was younger who now has 10 seasons(and an ACL tear) worth of wear and tear on his legs, moving slowly.


    If that had been Pouncey’s leg, he would have made the hit…………. too soon? Regardless, great play design and DeCastro was athletic enough to get out there and cause the necessary disruption.

  • Jesse Murray

    He was level with the play after having to do a full 180 to turn in the direction of the play. He didnt look slow at all. Those were DBs running down the field not Lbers. If you want to argue Miller is slow pick a better play.

  • Jesse Murray

    #20 is Prince Akukamara a 4.4 guy. Hardly a slouch.

  • ApexSteel

    I don’t have to argue that he’s slow. He is slow… He ran a 4.87 9 years ago.

  • ApexSteel

    And once again because it seems like you’re not getting it. I’m not comparing Heath to the players on the field. I’m saying he, himself, looks slow on his own.

  • dave

    Yes, Prince made the right read and pursued at the right angle for a guy with Dri’s speed. He obviously watched some film of Dri.

  • charles

    Do this a couple of times and then Archer becomes the best blocker because he can decoy a man out of the play. It is hard to count how much this will effect every team we play this years defensive game planning.

  • MikeR

    How about showing the Jarvis Jones sack…I’d like to see it and break it down.

  • walter mason

    It looks as if he was trying to pick up a block from Heath.

  • walter mason

    The Giants secondary looks fast.

  • Steve

    If someone would have blocked in this play it was a TD. Decastro and Pouncy fell on the ground trying to block and Miller watched Archer run out of bounds.

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