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Steelers sign Jacoby Jones, release Dri Archer

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The Pittsburgh Steelers picked up return specialist and wide receiver, Jacoby Jones, from the San Diego Chargers on Thursday.  Steelers head of PR Burt Lauten confirmed the signing via Twitter.  To make room on the roster, running back Dri Archer has been released.

In nine NFL seasons, Jones has recorded 10,184 all-purpose yards (4,720 kickoff return, 2,669 punt return, 2,733 receiving and 62 rushing) and 23 touchdowns (14 receiving, five kickoff and four punt return) in 124 regular-season games with 33 starts.

Originally drafted by the Houston Texans in 2007, and spent his first five (2007-11) there before three years with the Baltimore Ravens (2011-14) and the first eight weeks of the 2015 season with San Diego.

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin’s infamous on-field unintentional interference with Jacoby on a kick return while Jacoby was with Baltimore remains a topic of discussion in NFL circles from time to time. And for those who bet against the Steelers with Bet365 that day made out great.

5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. DrGeorge

    November 5, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    Tomlin hates to admit he was wrong, so this signing must have given him a wrench — but Dri Archer simply wasn’t earning his keep. On kick returns, Archer seemed unable to judge the speed of the oncoming tacklers and, instead of taking a knee, insisted on catching the football eight yards deep in the end zone and running it out to the fifteen(!). He did this so often, putting our offense in a hole from the get go, that I was beginning to wonder what team he was playing for. Jacoby Jones is no spring chicken, but he’s got to be better at returning punts than Archer. This is a very good move, in my view.

  2. DaveB

    November 5, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    I agree . Archer is lucky he stayed as long as he did .

  3. armanuel works

    November 5, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    dri archer is a kick returner not punt returner bad move

  4. Pistol Pete

    November 6, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    Armanuel, and Antonio Brown is a punt returner not a kick returner, so why not add Jones?

  5. DrGeorge

    November 6, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    Perhaps I should have written that Jacoby Jones returns both forms of kicking, punts and kickoffs. He also plays WR pretty well, too. I think Tomlin will find a use for him.

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