While the Pittsburgh Steelers' release of running back LeGarrette Blount had its own motivations behind it, the move opens up some carries for rookie Dri Archer to prove his mettle.
According to Scott Brown of ESPN.com, the team may very well be setting Archer to impress after an inconsistent start to the 2014 NFL season:
I don't think there is any question though the Steelers expected more out of Archer. After the Steelers raised some eyebrows by using a third-round draft pick on the scatback, general manager Kevin Colbert said the Steelers viewed Archer as a starter because of his ability to return kicks.
Well, Archer lost his job as the primary kickoff return and is only No. 2 behind Markus Wheaton because the Steelers waived LeGarrette Blount. The release of Blount provides an opportunity for Archer behind starting running back Le'Veon Bell and it will be interesting to see if he can take advantage of it -- and if the Steelers can figure out a way to put his world-class speed to use by getting him the ball in open space.
Brown added that running backs coach James Saxon is happy with Archer's work ethic, and believes that the rookie's confidence level is high despite the limited role he's played in the offense so far.
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