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Rookie Archer Blows Off OTAs
Letís get right to the good stuff:
--- An update that was supposed to make the paper this morning but for some reason did not:
Rookie Dri Archer, the teamís third-round draft pick, 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.
--- And that news item leads to this: Yes, these spring practices are voluntary, but what is Archer thinking? Heís in Los Angeles for the Rookie Premier gala with all the media attention that goes with it? That means he will miss his first three practices of 10 permitted in the spring with his new teammates. You would think he would want to start learning an offense in which he supposedly will be so much a part of in 2014, especially all the different positions in which they plan to use him.
--- Troy Polamalu may not need these things but perhaps some of his new teammates could use him at practice, especially his new partner at free safety, Mike Mitchell. Polamalu spent last spring with his teammates because, he noted, he was among the dwindling veterans on defense. If that were the case last year, surely he and Ike Taylor should be part of that defense now.
--- But repeat after me, itís all voluntary.
--- I have one question I did not see raised during the trial of the three accused of attacking Mike Adams or by anyone else since their acquittal. Plenty of scorn reigned down on Adams for the 0.185 blood-alcohol content measured in the hospital after he was knifed. Did they account for all the blood that he lost in that knifing when they determined the percentage of alcohol in the remaining blood in his body? If not, wouldnít the loss of blood have skewered the percentage? Maybe they did, but I have not seen if anyone else asked it.
--- There is, by the way, plenty of contact going on in these contact-free spring practices.
--- Some Ask Ed questions:
--- YOU: In your Wednesday slog you mentioned Heyward would be playing the right side end after playing the left side last year. Obviously with Worilds it seemed to make a difference which side he played linebacker on. Is there any reason to think Cam would not be as effective switching sides at his position, considering he played so well on the left last season?
ED: He may have played well on the right too if given the chance, but the chance came on the left because of Ziggy Hood. Some players do feel more comfortable and are more effective on one side or the other. Heyward has been on the right side for most of his career, but he has played both. I would assume that he and the coaches feel his best position is on the right, which often is the weak side.
--- YOU: I am baffled by the Ray Rice situation. Ben gets suspended 4 games and was never charged with a crime. He was simply accused by a woman with no credibility what so ever. Ray Rice knocks a woman out cold. OUT COLD. He was charged with a crime. It's on video. No suspension announced yet. Please explain this to me.
ED: Letís see what punishment Roger Goodell gives Rice first.
Interesting about Archer.
I completely agree with the comments. He's a "slash" (KR/PR/WR/RB) type player so I would think its very important for him to be at OTAs.
Let's hope not... At least Rainey was a 5th round pick and not a "premium" 3rd rounder. This will be an interesting pick to watch considering the players that were on the board when the Steelers selected Archer.
Originally Posted by feltdizz
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Has Archer ever been into any kind of trouble?
he is now..
Originally Posted by SteelCrazy
skipping OTA's and playing sick so he could go to LA isn't a smart move.
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I read somewhere that every team has to send 1 rookie to this thing. Maybe it was him because he is sick.
Let's nip this at the bud right now.
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Ed Bouchette needs to apologize to Archer or at least get his facts straight before he writes this kind of inaccurate and misleading crap.
Originally Posted by Coolie Man
Non issue. It won't mean a lick soon enough.