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Bills awarded claim for RB Dri Archer


The Buffalo Bills added rare speed to their roster in the form of sixth-round pick Kolby Listenbee in last month's draft. On Tuesday they were awarded the claim for running back and return specialist Dri Archer. Archer, a former third-round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2014, was waived by the New York Jets on Monday.

Archer, 24, was signed by the Jets as a future free agent this past January. He was waived by the Steelers last November after serving as a multi-faceted offensive weapon and kick returner.

Blessed with rare speed, Archer (5-8, 174) ran a 4.26 40-time at the NFL combine in 2014. The Kent State product was virtually unstoppable during his junior season (2012) for the Golden Flashes scoring 20 touchdowns in 14 games while rolling up more than 2,500 all-purpose yards.

Just how he'll be deployed on offense is unclear. He's lined up at running back and receiver in his pro career. Archer is expected to compete with the other speed threats on Buffalo's roster in the aforementioned Listenbee and WR Marquise Goodwin for time on offense and in the return game. 

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