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2014 Steelers season scenarios: Archer tallies six touchdowns in rookie campaign

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Pittsburgh Steelers rookie running back / wide receiver Dri Archer is an unknown commodity heading into the 2014 season, but his impact will be felt on the scoreboard as he scores six touchdowns.

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Scenario: Rookie RB / WR Dri Archer scores six touchdowns in 2014.

Why it will happen: Dri Archer is more than just a blazing 40 yard dash time. He is not really comparable to anyone else the Steelers have had on their roster in the past several decades, and that includes Chris Rainey and Larod Stephens-Howling. Archer has his own unique style, and that style is something that will give opposing defensive coordinators nightmares leading up to playing the Steelers.

His versatility is his most unique weapon, and will ultimately lead to him having more chances at reaching the end zone. Get Archer in space, whether that is on a punt return, kick off return, catching the ball or running the ball and he is a candidate to take it to the house.

Archer will see playing time and the team would be foolish not to get the ball into his hands as much as possible. Do any type of film study on him and you'll see the damage he can dish out when given a glimmer of daylight. He is more than just shifty, his blazing speed and cut back ability make him a deadly weapon for any offense.

The Steelers will have to be creative in ways to get Archer the ball. Reverses and screens are phenomenal, when the element of surprise is there. That burden will fall on Todd Haley's shoulders as training camp ensues and he figures out how to use the newest toy he has to his disposal.

With Archer's versatility, him scoring six touchdowns is certainly a possibility. Whether he lines up at RB, WR or as a kick returner, he has a chance to go the distance with every touch.

Why it won't happen: Other than health and Archer's ability to grasp the offense, the no huddle might be the biggest reason this scenario doesn't happen. Sure, Archer might return kick offs as well as be the primary punt returner for the team, but those chances of taking those back for a touchdown are extremely limited.

If the Steelers deploy the no huddle offense as frequently as they say they will, that will severely limit Archer's touches. Having Archer on the field in no huddle situations would cause matchup problems for any defense, but having Archer in their base set over running backs like Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount is highly unlikely. Just as unlikely would be Archer seeing time over Lance Moore in the slot, and Markus Wheaton and company on the outside.

That doesn't mean that there is no chance Archer doesn't see the field in no huddle situations, but it means that there are personnel decisions that might have Archer on the sideline rather than on the field.

Keys: Not only is Archer's health important, but the health of the other running backs and wide receivers will have an impact on Archer's playing time. If LeGarrette Blount misses three weeks with an injury, Archer most likely become the No. 2 running back on the depth chart, therefore increasing his chances of actually scoring those six touchdowns. Archer's ability to have the trust of the coaching staff from the start of camp by knowing the playbook and showing that he can be a professional and understand all concepts and responsibilities on the field that will lead to increased playing time.