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Bills continue quest to add speed, claim RB Dri Archer off waivers

The Buffalo Bills have made a commitment to getting faster in the past couple weeks.

After TCU receiver Kolby Listenbee in the draft, the team added another burner Tuesday in running back Dri Archer, whom they claimed off waivers from the New York Jets.

A former third-round draft pick in 2014 by the Pittsburgh Steelers, Archer has played in 20 career games, with 10 carries for 40 yards and seven catches for 23 yards. He's also returned 23 kicks for 515 yards, an average of 22.4 yards per return.

All of Archer's offensive touches came in his rookie season. He returned 14 kicks in eight games with the Steelers in 2015 before being released in November. The Jets signed him as a future free agent in January before placing him on waivers Monday.

Archer, 24, has elite speed. The 5-foot-8, 174-pounder ran a 4.26-second 40-yard dash at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine, coming within two hundredths of a second of tying Chris Johnson's combine record of 4.24 set in 2008.

Archer's name may be familiar to followers of the Mid-American Conference, as he played collegiately at Kent State. During his junior season in 2012, he scored 20 touchdowns in 14 games and racked up more than 2,500 all-purpose yards. Against the University at Buffalo that season, he torched the Bulls for 159 yards from scrimmage on 16 touches in a 23-7 win.

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