Rookies always can use a more experienced player to lean on and learn from during this time of year and third-round draft pick Dri Archer appears to have found himself such a player.
“Le’Veon Bell, he’s definitely been helping through this process,” said Archer. “He’s like a bigger brother.”
Yes, Le’Veon Bell is certainly bigger than Archer, but you might be surprised to know that Archer is actually six months older than the Steelers second-year starting running back. Both are already 22-years-old, but Archer will turn 23 in August.
“He’s only in his second year, but he’s got a lot under his belt,” said Archer of the younger Bell. “I mean we all got a new coaching staff, learning the playbook a little more, but he’s further along into the playbook, so he’s just bringing me along the ropes.
Archer is back on those ropes this week after being forced to miss the first week of OTA practices due to him being selected to take part in the NFLPA Rookie Premier event in Los Angeles. Archer explained that he didn’t have a choice in the matter.
“I had to go there the beginning of last week,” said Archer. “It was something I had to do. I would have much rather been here on the football field learning the playbook, but it was something I had to do.”