Dri Archer, Steelers’ third-round draft pick out of Kent State, hopes to provide a much-needed spark to a Steelers team that was 27th in rushing and in the middle of the pack in receiving and kickoff returns in the NFL last season, August Fagerstrom of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Scouts had trouble agreeing on whether Archer could be an every-down back at the NFL level or whether he would be destined for a career as a change-of-pace back, similar to the Philadelphia Eagles’ Darren Sproles.
But Sproles isn’t necessarily a bad comparison for Archer to hear, since he has been a dynamic part of every offense and special teams on which he’s been a part. He was never the featured back for the San Diego Chargers or New Orleans Saints, but that didn’t stop him from being one of the most important.
“I’m not sure,” Archer said of what his role will be with the Steelers. “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.”
“I’m living my dream,” Archer said. “This is something I’ve always wanted to do as a kid. I’ve always wanted to give back to the community and the NFL has given us all a chance right now at this Play 60 youth football clinic. We’re just out here having fun, doing what we love to do.”
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