Despite starting off his NFL career struggling to fulfill his potential and teetering on the edge of being a bust as a draft pick, former Pittsburgh Steelers running back/wide receiver Dri Archer continues to get opportunities around the league.
Just one day after being placed on waivers by the New York Jets, who signed him following his release from the Steelers, Archer was claimed by the Buffalo Bills, Tuesday, marking one of the more interesting transactions across the league on a slow day.
#Bills claim RB Dri Archer off waivers.
— Vic Carucci (@viccarucci) May 10, 2016
While with the Steelers, Archer carried the ball 10 times for 40 yards, and hauled in just seven passes for 23 yards in 20 games with the black and gold. As a kick returner, Archer really struggled, averaging just 22.4 return yards per attempt. He was never the homerun threat that general manager Kevin Colbert and head coach Mike Tomlin envisioned the former Kent State Golden Flash being as a third-round draft pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Following his signing with the Jets after having a reported 10 offers to join practice squads across the league, Archer never appeared in a game with the Jets.
His landing with the Bills makes sense though, considering Buffalo general manager Doug Whaley loves speed. Although he hasn’t really amounted to much in the NFL over the last two years, Archer has plenty of speed, as evidenced by his 4.26 40-yard dash.
What he doesn’t have is size and durability, so he’s pretty much a one-trick pony. He never worked out for the better with the Steelers and Jets, so expecting him to be much of anything in Buffalo is a stretch.