Jacoby Jones out runs New York Jets punter Ryan Quigley on a punt return in Baltimore, Nov. 24, 2014. The Baltimore Ravens receiver and former ‘Dancing With the Stars’ performer accounted for 249 yards and scored the game’s lone touchdown in a 19-3 win over the New York Jets.(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky/File)
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers signed veteran wide receiver and return specialist Jacoby Jones on Thursday, hoping to give their special teams a boost.
The 31-year-old Jones was released by San Diego earlier this week after averaging 21.4 yards per kickoff return for the Chargers. Jones, a Pro Bowler in 2012 while playing for Baltimore, has returned five kickoffs for touchdowns in his career.
To make room on the roster for Jones, the Steelers released running back/returner Dri Archer. A third-round pick in the 2014 draft, Archer struggled to adjust to the NFL. He averaged 25.3 yards per return this season, with a long of 38. Archer totaled just 34 yards on two returns in last week’s loss to Cincinnati, getting tackled inside the Pittsburgh 20 both times.
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Dri Archer (13) runs the ball against New York Giants free safety Quintin Demps (35) and linebacker Terrell Manning (63) in the second quarter of a preseason NFL football game, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II/File)