The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Kent State speedster Dri Archer in the third-round of the 2014 NFL Draft and they plan on using that world class speed to their advantage.
Archer has previously admitted that he is unsure of how the Steelers will use him during his rookie campaign, but head coach Mike Tomlin offered some clarification on Archer’s role this weekend.
For the Steelers, the goal will just be to get the ball in Archer’s hands and allow his speed to do the rest of the work.
Whether that be as a running back, wide receiver or return specialist, Pittsburgh is looking forward to having a new playmaker on the roster.
“We’re gonna work to get the ball in his hands in space,” Tomlin said during an appearance on the NFL Network.
Archer’s biggest contribution will likely come on special teams, but his versatility will definitely be something that the Steelers are not used to having at their disposal.
Getting into the backfield could also be hard with Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount ahead of him on the depth chart, but Tomlin appears committed to get the ball in his third-round pick’s hands.
We will just have to sit back and enjoy the fireworks.