Archer was placed on the did not report list by the Bills after being claimed by the team last week, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. The Bills signed Archer in the hopes that the speedy back could help in the return game, but he has yet to report to the team after being claimed last week. By placing Archer on the did not report list, the Bills are able to sign another player to their current 90-man roster without having to release Archer. He'll remain on the list until a resolution to his status with the team occurs.
The Bills claimed Archer off waivers Tuesday, Sal Capaccio of WGR 550 Buffalo reports. Jettisoned to waivers by the Jets on Monday, the Bills have swooped in to see if the burner can aid the return game, at the very least. Outside of 23 kick returns at a clip of 22.4 yards per attempt, Archer, a third-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, struggled to gain a foothold in his first two professional seasons with the Steelers. He'll look to buck the bust label in new climes.
Archer has been released by the Jets, ESPN reports. Selected by Pittsburgh in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft, Archer has yet to make good on his sub-4.3 speed, picking up just 63 yards on 17 offensive touches (seven catches). He also hasn't done much in the return game, which could represent his best opportunity to stick around in the NFL. It obviously isn't a good sign that he's already been released by two organizations.
Archer was signed to a reserve-future deal by the Jets on Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. The speedy scat back out of Kent State was released by the Steelers in November to clear room for the addition of kick returner Jacoby Jones. Archer possesses blazing speed, but his deficiencies in other areas prevented him from seeing any touches on the offensive side of the ball this season. He was serviceable in the return game through eight games with the Steelers in 2015, averaging 25.3 yards on 14 kick returns. With three established running backs already on the roster, Archer's clearest path to a roster spot is likely as a special teamer.
The Steelers have released Archer. Meanwhile, the Steelers claimed WR Jacoby Jones to bolster their return game, at Archer's expense, with the team's backfield now comprised of DeAngelo Williams, Jordan Todman and newcomer Isaiah Pead.
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