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Dri Archer, ex-Steelers kick returner, signs with Jets on reserve/future contract

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Dri Archer (13)

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Dri Archer (13) runs past a tackle-attempt by Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Daniel Sorensen (49) during the first half of an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015. Photo Credit: AP / Charlie Riedel

SAN FRANCISCO — The Jets on Wednesday signed former Steelers running back/wide receiver Dri Archer to a reserve/future contract.

The former third-round pick out of Kent State played in 20 games and had 23 kickoff returns for a 22.4-yard average during his two seasons in Pittsburgh. He also carried 10 times for 40 yards and had seven catches for 23 yards in 2014.

The 5-8, 173-pound Archer, who was waived by the Steelers last November, ran a 4.26 40-yard dash in the 2014 NFL Combine, second-fastest in the last 10 combines only to Chris Johnson’s 4.24 in 2008.

Boyer on board. The Jets officially hired Brant Boyer as their new special teams coordinator. Boyer, an NFL linebacker and special teamer from 1994-2003, had been the Colts’ assistant special teams coach from 2012-2015.

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