Sept 8, 2012; Lexington, KY, USA; Kent State Golden Flashes running back Dri Archer (1) runs the ball against the Kentucky Wildcats at Commonwealth Stadium. Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Steelers rumors: Dri Archer already impressing Steelers' coaching staff

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The Pittsburgh Steelers could have found themselves the steal in the draft this past May when they selected Kent State speedster Dri Archer, who can do a lot of tremendous things whenever the ball is in his hands. And it seems as if, early on in Steelers training camp, Archer is beginning to show the team that he can cause havoc on the field.

According to, in the team’s first practice session of training camp, Archer showed that he can be one of the most versatile players on the team during his first season in the league, lining up at slot receiver and also fielding punts.

There was plenty of talk over the past three months about the speed of rookie third-round pick Dri Archer. But the question was how the Steelers were going to best use Archer within the scheme of their offense. It didn’t take long for them to figure that out. Early during Saturday’s first practice of training camp, the Steelers lined up with four wide receivers and put Archer in the slot to the left. The defense had to counter by sliding out inside linebacker Vince Williams on Archer — an obvious mismatch. Rookie quarterback Brendon Kay didn’t identify the advantageous matchup and threw the ball to the other side of the formation to tight end Eric Waters, but it was a quick glimpse of how the Steelers plan to use Archer’s versatility and speed to their advantage. Archer was busy on the first day as he broke off a couple of long runs including one where he reversed field and was also taking first-team reps on the punt return team.

That’s the beauty part of Archer. The Steelers can do whatever they want with him, as he can take the ball from any position on the field and make something happen.

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