Oct 5, 2013; Kent, OH, USA; Kent State Golden Flashes running back Dri Archer (1) runs against the defense of Northern Illinois Huskies linebacker Jamaal Bass (6) during the first quarter at Dix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Steelers believe Dri Archer has 'X-factor potential'

The Pittsburgh Steelers drafted Kent State speedster Dri Archer in the third-round of the 2014 NFL Draft and they are very happy with the brief look they have had at him so far during rookie minicamps. Archer, who stands just 5-foot-8 and barely over 170-pounds, has had people express concerns about his size but he doesn’t let that slow him down.

“I am comfortable at both,” said Archer, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “Everyone tells me I am too small, I can’t take hits, I can’t do this and I can’t do that. I am just out here to play football. And I know what I can do.”

The Steelers seem to see what Archer is capable of as well, as they prepare him for what could be an x-factor role.

Not only will Archer be receiving snaps on offense likely as a running back and wide receiver, but the Steelers are also looking to implement him into the return game as a punt and kick returner.

The Steelers offense could benefit from additional paymakers, so having Archer all over the field could end up giving the Pittsburgh offense that little bit of diversity that they have previously lacked.

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