What this pick does is give the Steelers another dimension to throw at teams, as they spend the week planning to face them. Remember ARE? He was not a great receiver, and certainly not the best on the board at the time. He was never going to unseat Ben as the QB. So why take him? Because every week, the opposing DC had to gameplan for the "what if". And that is a very legit concern when it comes to Archer. It is not that the team will put the ball in his hands every time he is on the field, but the D has to prepare for that every time they see him on the field.
It is very true that the value of the KR is much lower since they moved the KO up 5 yards. I wonder, and have no idea where to look this up, what the difference is on punts that go out of bounds vs. punts that get to the returner - especially those kicks that are intentionally OB, as opposed to angled punts that might bounce out. Will a punter who averages say 44 yards, with a net of 40 only punt it 35 if he has been instructed to not let the returner get to the ball?
Originally Posted by NorthCoast
Josh Cribbs was teammate with James Harrison back at Kent State back in 2001 (which also happened to be Roethlisberger's first season starting at Miami (OH) as a redshirt freshman in the same conference. Cribbs and Harrison have been seen together in Hawaii as both have been to multiple Pro Bowls.
Originally Posted by Oviedo
Final Ruthless Mock:
1.22 CB Marcus Peters, 6'0" 197 lbs., Washington
2.56 FS Damarious Randall, 5'11" 196 lbs., Arizona State
3.87 TE Clive Walford, 6'4" 251 lbs., Miami
4.121 DE Henry Anderson, 6'6" 294 lbs., Stanford
5.160 WR Titus Davis, 6'1" 196 lbs., Central Michigan
6.199 OLB Kyle Emanuel, 6'3" 255 lbs., North Dakota State
6.212c OLB Max Valles, 6'5" 251 lbs., Virginia
7.239 RB John Crockett, 6'0" 217 lbs., North Dakota State
The problem is kickoffs end up in the back of the endzone the majority of the time nowadays... so the NFL rules have really dampened the impact of KRs which I think is a shame.
Originally Posted by steeler_fan_in_t.o.
i havent figured out why no coach wont simply insists that every punt be OB. you may sacrifice a few yards but never have to worry about getting a huge return against you.
Hey *******. Jackson is 2 inches taller and 5 pounds heavier. He was also a WR and has always been a WR. Give me ONE example of a 5'8 170 lb. RB doing anything in the NFL. Just ONE. Also Randle EL did return a few punts in college. Maybe you should get a clue boy before you spew out ****. He didn't do kickoffs. Moron. Now **** off and get back to your sand box.
Originally Posted by thetruthteller
A big deal was made out of this after JH concussed Cribbs. Cribbs went against the grain and stood up for Harrison IIRC saying something along the lines of it being a football play and it happens.
Originally Posted by RuthlessBurgher
Just to grind it in for you Vader. Dri A. has been a productive WR as I see it. I don't see him doing much as a true NFL RB. He does not need to steal touches away from the new 2 headed monster the Steelers have. He will look great on reverses I bet though. Why are some of you guys SO against some of these draft picks? At this point it is 50/50 for them ALL! Also the Steelers have 2 big thumpers at RB. Why not add the opposite end of small and super fast? I am concerned about him as far as health but there were a few of the smaller speed backs in this draft. Heck I always was concerned about fast Wille's health. How that end up? Bad leg injury will take some of there speed which they have to have to succeed I think. Still a good pick based of college production I think.
Originally Posted by Vader
Originally Posted by Vader
You're partially right, steelz. The first month or so, most kickoffs are out of the endzone, but as we move into late October and for the rest of the season, as the weather gets colder, a lot of those kickoffs become returnable. I think Archer is a great pickup and even with limited touches will have a positive impact this coming season.
Originally Posted by steelz09
FWIW, both Kiper and McShay loved the Archer selection.