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Steelers claim Jacoby Jones, waive Dri Archer

Jacoby Jones


In 2013, then-Raven Jacoby Jones broke a kickoff return up the Steelers sideline that looked like it had a chance to go the distance.

Jones hit a bit of a snag as Steelers coach Mike Tomlin was on the field straddling the sideline that Jones was using as his route into Steelers territory. There was no collision, but Jones was brought down a few yards later.

Tomlin will want to be careful about further forays onto the field when Jones has the ball because any obstacle he provides now will reportedly be hurting his own team. The Steelers announced Thursday that they have added Jones off of waivers.

Jones signed a two-year deal with the Chargers as a free agent this offseason, but they opted to cut bait on Wednesday after five games that saw him add very little to their chances of winning games. Jones didn’t catch a pass on offense and his work as a returner resulted in minus-four punt return yards and a 21.3-yard per return average on kickoffs.

Jones should move directly into the kick return job in Pittsburgh as the Steelers have waived Dri Archer. Archer had been handling that role for the Steelers this season, but the 2014 third-round pick didn’t have the kind of impact that Pittsburgh was hoping for when they added him in last year’s draft.