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All eyes are on Dri Archer for the Steelers first preseason game

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Rookie third round pick Dri Archer will have his first taste of NFL action tonight against the Giants. Although it is only preseason, his teammates are eager to see what he can do on the field.

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Sometimes, it takes a very dedicated fan to get excited about preseason games, especially the first one.

The starters are often only in for one series, and everyone's moving half as fast and twice as careful. Essentially, there generally isn't much to interest a casual fan, or even first team veterans for that matter.

However, things will be different tonight when the Steelers take the field against the New York Giants. When the Steelers first team comes off the field, it will be time for rookie third round pick Dri Archer to show the Steelers coaching staff, and the world, what he's got.

In case you don't know, he'll be the 5-foot-8 blur that makes you think your television is broke, and every fan is interested in seeing what he can do.

Per Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune, the same goes for his fellow teammates.

"I am real eager to see what he can do," running back Le'Veon Bell said. "He is one of the most explosive players that I've ever seen. When he gets the ball in his hands, you have to look out for him. You have to know where he is at on the field at all times. If anybody is going to do something special, it might be him."

In fact Archer could get a chance to prove his worth on the very first play of the game; he'll be performing kick return duties for the Steelers.

"I will take notice during the kickoff, and as soon as Dri is in the game, I am going to take notice," cornerback Ike Taylor said. "I am sure I am getting up to get a better look."

Improving the Steelers middle of the road return game was one major reason the Steelers drafted the diminutive running back, and he should have multiple opportunities to prove his worth in that regard, however that won't be his only chance to impress.

The Steelers committed themselves to using Archer in a variety of ways, and thus far have stayed true to their word in training camp. He's been moved all over the field. From the backfield to the slot to the outside receiver, Dri Archer has been causing matchup problems for the defense.

This is something that hasn't been lost on his teammates.

"Dri is going to fit in real good with us," Taylor said. "He is going to be a matchup problem for a lot of teams. He just has it. Dri just has it. Anytime he touches the ball or anytime you know he's getting the ball, you kind of stand up and pay attention."

"I don't think anybody can keep up with him. That's a different kind of speed there," linebacker Lawrence Timmons said. "That's matchup problems right there with (defensive backs) and linebackers. That guy there gets in the open field and he's a problem. Every time he has the ball in his hands, he can go yards."

For Archer's part, he is just trying to keep his head on the ground and do his job, not worry over forcing a big play.

"I am going to let it come. If it happens, it happens...I just want to go out there and show the coaches that they can have trust in me, (that I) know my assignments, know what to do and go out there and execute," Archer said. "They have trust but never enough until you show it in the game."

"You don't want to get overly excited where you lose your composure. " Archer said. "I am trying to remain calm. I am excited, but I will be more excited once I step on the field."

Archer may very well be trying to stay calm, but his teammates, the coaching staff and every fan watching will be anything but when he begins his NFL journey tonight.