Dri Archer, Rashad Jennings make big plays in Jersey


Dri Archer was the fastest man at the combine this year and it didn’t take him long to show that his speed can translate to the NFL game.

The Steelers called Archer’s number on a well-designed screen pass on their first offensive possession of the preseason and Archer jetted for a 46-yard gain that set up a field goal for the Steelers. That was the only completion of the the night for Ben Roethlisberger, who departed after one series with the knowledge that the third-round pick could be a useful weapon this season.

Le’Veon Bell had a couple of good runs for the Steelers to start the game, but the offense looked less productive once Bruce Gradkowski entered the game and the other starters began filtering out of the contest. Pittsburgh guard Ramon Foster suffered the only notable injury on the first team as he left the game after getting poked in the eye, but the Steelers say he would have returned in a more meaningful contest.

The Giants stuck with their starters on offense a bit longer in their second preseason outing of the season and got rewarded with a 73-yard touchdown run by Rashad Jennings that was sprung by a great block from aspiring right guard Brandon Mosley. That was the only highlight for the offensive line, which gave up a sack by Jarvis Jones and was flagged for holding twice, and Eli Manning was 0-for-2 while the team emphasized the ground game before turning things over to Ryan Nassib.