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: Rookie Running Back Dri Archer Behind Eight-Ball Early


You would think that any rookie entering the NFL would want to make a good first impression with their new employers.

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

That apparently isn’t the case for Pittsburgh Steelers third-round pick Dri Archer.

The Kent State speedy running back didn’t make a great impression at OTAs this week as he missed both practices this week. He was sent home on Tuesday because he was sick, but then turned up for the NFL Players Association Rookie Premier event that began Wednesday in Los Angeles, according to the Post-Gazette’s Ed Bouchette.

If you are hurt you can’t practice, but blowing off practice to show up in Los Angeles for the Rookie Premier is a head-scratching move.

Sure these practices are voluntary, but you would think that someone in Archer’s position would be anxious to get out there and learn the new offense.

That’s even more important in his case than any other of the Steelers rookies as Archer is penciled in to be lining up all over the field in 2014.

He will have a lot of responsibilities and missing his first three practices of 10 permitted in the spring with his new teammates is not the way to go.

Someone is always watching and Archer had the chance to open up some eyes right off the bat.

It’s only three practices, but you hate to see a young player such as Archer put himself behind the eight ball right off the bat.

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  • SDAZT_STEEL

    It was mandatory that Archer, who was named as the team’s rookie representative, go to the premiere. Fittipaldo shared that in today’s PPG. Bouchette hasn’t retracted his statement.

    If there’s anything to be mad at in the situation, it’s the idiotic rookie premiere rule, not the rookie slotback. It was just an unfortunate coincidence that Archer was sick, missed the OTA days and then had to fulfill the mandatory obligation.

  • Jordin F.

    Yeah, thanks for discrediting the Fansided app as well as yourself, Matt Shetler. I just downloaded this app and it is breaking news about lies told from 2 days ago. I’ve known since then that the Rookie Premier event was mandatory. God, where in this world does good journalism exist! I’m about to start my own publication.

    • Nine

      Jordan, I guarantee it would be better than these sites.

      Bad enough that Bouchette published this garbage without checking the details – even worse that 2 days later, some lazy a$$ like Shetler repeats the lie.