Steelers Add Jacoby Jones, Waive Dri Archer

Steelers hope Jacoby Jones can do for return game what Archer couldn't. Photo from
Steelers hope Jacoby Jones can do for return game what Archer couldn’t. Photo from

Today the Steelers made some roster moves that they hope will benefit the return game, when they claimed WR/KR Jacoby Jones off waivers. To make room for Jones, the Steelers waived Dri Archer, a third round pick in 2014, from Kent State, who never was able to make use of his blazing speed. Jones was in the first year of a two year deal that he signed, this past offseason, with the San Diego Chargers.

For his career, Jacoby Jones has amassed 10,184 total yards, of which, 4,720 came on kick returns, 2,669 from punt returns, 2,773 off of receptions, and 62 from running the ball. Jones is best known to Steelernation as having had a kick return, and potential touchdown,  interrupted by Mike Tomlin, when the Steelers coach accidentally wondered on the field.

Jones replaces Dri Archer, who was handling the return duties because it was thought his speed would lead to good field position for the Steelers following kickoffs. Archer never could consistently capitalize on his speed, because he ran with hesitation, never with the decisiveness and confidence he displayed at Kent State.

In other recent moves, the Steelers also resigned WR/QB Tyler Murphy to the practice squad, after releasing him earlier in the week to make room for CB Doran Grant on the active roster. There is a possibility that Grant could see time at Safety as well, providing depth at both positions. The Steelers may have made this move because of other teams having a possible interest in Grants services, as has been speculated with Anthony Chickillo.


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