Dri Archer busts loose in Steelers' debut

By WILL GRAVES | AP Published:

By WILL GRAVES | AP

PITTSBURGH -- Dri Archer's first touch in the NFL showed why the Pittsburgh Steelers took the quick running back and former Kent State star in the third round of this year's draft.

Archer's 46-yard catch-and-run provided the lone offensive highlight during the first string's brief night of work in a 20-16 exhibition loss to the New York Giants on Saturday. The 5-foot-8 Archer lined up as one of five wide receivers on Pittsburgh's first possession, took a screen pass from Ben Roethlisberger and darted deep inside Giants territory.

"It was an open space," Archer said. "My teammates knew and blocked well and it was a great play."

The only thing Archer didn't do was make it to the end zone. The player who posted the fastest time at the scouting combine was tracked down at the New York 14.

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