Buffalo Bills Claim Dri Archer Off Waivers

Despite starting off his NFL career struggling to fulfill his potential and teetering on the edge of being a bust as a draft pick, former Pittsburgh Steelers running back/wide receiver Dri Archer continues to get opportunities around the league.

Just one day after being placed on waivers by the New York Jets, who signed him following his release from the Steelers, Archer was claimed by the Buffalo Bills, Tuesday, marking one of the more interesting transactions across the league on a slow day.

While with the Steelers, Archer carried the ball 10 times for 40 yards, and hauled in just seven passes for 23 yards in 20 games with the black and gold. As a kick returner, Archer really struggled, averaging just 22.4 return yards per attempt. He was never the homerun threat that general manager Kevin Colbert and head coach Mike Tomlin envisioned the former Kent State Golden Flash being as a third-round draft pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Following his signing with the Jets after having a reported 10 offers to join practice squads across the league, Archer never appeared in a game with the Jets.

His landing with the Bills makes sense though, considering Buffalo general manager Doug Whaley loves speed. Although he hasn’t really amounted to much in the NFL over the last two years, Archer has plenty of speed, as evidenced by his 4.26 40-yard dash.

What he doesn’t have is size and durability, so he’s pretty much a one-trick pony. He never worked out for the better with the Steelers and Jets, so expecting him to be much of anything in Buffalo is a stretch.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Uh oh! Don’t do that, Rex! Don’t you know Dri doesn’t deserve a NFL contract! The bills scouts should be fired! Lol! 😉

  • Frank Nitti


  • pittfan

    As a “little guy” myself, I’m pulling for him. (dodge tomatoes)

  • Phil Brenneman II

    I feel like since we have seen Dri Archer play in game we should stop talking about his track speed and calling him fast. I would say he plays at an average NFL RB speed. I bet AB, Bryant and Shazier at least are all faster than Archer in pads. Those aren’t exactly slow guys but they aren’t 4.2 guys either.

  • Spencer Krick

    I figured he’d wind up on the pats at some point.

  • Nolrog

    Because Rex is trying to get under the Jets’s skin.

  • Milliken Steeler

    He has straight line speed and we know about his size and ability to break tackles right? lol The problem that I saw was he lateral ability. If he had what the X factor had for Kansas City some years back, he could have used that speed once he got himself into the open.

  • Frank Nitti

    …by claiming Dri F*ing Archer?!

  • alevin16

    Well there goes a seventh SB trophy 😀 Well if it wasn’t going to be Pittsburgh West or South it might as well be Pittsburgh Upper North.

  • *The Phawks89*

    I’m not a fan of Archer but I hope New England doesn’t try to pick him up if they have the opportunity cause I know Belichick will know how to use him……and I hate Bill.

  • Dan

    I guess the returner talent pool has…Dried up.

  • Alex Kozora

    *removes sunglasses*


  • JNick

    It’s too bad he didn’t punch a Jet on the way out. He could have been trotted out as a captain this year.

  • JNick

    No, no. It’s Dri’d up!!!

  • Ken Krampert

    After the Bills see him return 1 kick in the preseason, they will cut him also. He looks like a beaten dog when he gets near contact.

  • The hate for Archer is unreal. Its obvious he has his disadvantages, but the guy really hasn’t been given much of an opportunity either. I don’t necessarily think he’s gonna succeed in the NFL, but I don’t think its an impossibility. Give him the ball in open space and I think he gets good yards

  • Darth Blount 47

    * UPDATE * from Circle The Wagons Nation… Or, The Fightin’ Rex’s! Or, WIDE RIGHT!!! (Depending on if I’m angry)

    All are names I have been known to call the Buffalo Bills.
    (My little bro’s FAV team.. Why? None of us know. I’ve always thought he was coddled too much as a child. Then the 90’s happened, and he went through more consecutive sports hell than a person can even imagine. Those 4 straight Super Bowl losses nearly killed him. And gave me lifetime ammunition. Lol.) But, I actually don’t mind the Bills. I’m lukewarm. They don’t anger me in the least.

    So earlier I told my brother on the phone… “Hey you just picked up an old cast-off…”
    “Dri Archer”
    “Dri Archer… RB… Kent State… we drafted him in the 3rd Rd (ugh) in ’14… we tried him at returner.. kinda.”

    Hmmph? We got him huh…? (long pause) Eh, Rex will probably just eff him up…

    “Me: (Should I tell him now that there isn’t anything THERE TO eff up??) … Naaah. “

  • SteelerFanInMD

    Archer’s problem is he can’t get himself out in open space. He doesn’t seem to have the moves to avoid the first line of tacklers so he never gets to showcase that 4.26 speed.

  • Rusted Out

    More ammo for you.

  • Bigcity157

    Thank god you pointed out the pun to the guy who originally typed it . . .

  • NinjaMountie

    Circle the Wagons….to keep him standing. Otherwise he’ll fall over when near an opponent.

  • Hypo Cycloid

    He has had more than ample opportunities to show something.

  • Hypo Cycloid

    Exactly this!

  • wa_steel

    yeah.. agree. I also felt he always seemed out of sorts.. trying to play too fast.. not patient enough, not on balance, vision not finding the open area, just running straight into a tackler or stumbling around. And that was odd as it is unlike what I remember of his Kent highlights where he seemed much better at all of that. Hope he finds his game in buffalo