Re: Armond Armstead on track
posted at 3/20/2014 6:41 AM EDT
In response to mthurl's comment:
In response to prolate0spheroid's comment:
Given the low cost and low risk, I think the Armstead signing was a good one, but the question remains whether he can fill one of the slots on the 53-man roster. That's not just a question about his injury status, it's also one of skill. We haven't seen him compete yet for a position in the NFL.
I have seen Armstead play a lot, since he was on my local CFL team two years ago. The guy is very quick, and was a dominant player as a CFL rookie. I see lots of potential there. But the CFL game is also very different. The rules in the CFL require the defense to line up one yard back from the line of scrimmage, so the D and O linemen aren't nose to nose as they are in the NFL. We'll need to see how Armstead adjusts when he's working in a tighter space, where power may be more important than quickness. This is especially true if we make Armstead a tackle. Personally, I see him more as a big end and think he may be the guy who rotates with Nink and Chandler Jones, though also comes inside periodically when they want a speedier tackle. I don't see him as a replacement for a guy like Wilfork, who has the size and power to play 3-4 NT, but I do think he has some flexibility to play end or, especially if he's next to a big guy like Wilfork, 4-3 tackle.
Good stuff. Last year I thought he would come in and maybe give the team a little pass rush situationally inside, but after the lost season due to the infection...the heart thing...not playing for two years, I don't think this guy will make it past camp. Too bad, we need a guy like him.
I did read yesterday that BB has previously said that at 290 lbs he's a tackle. Can see that in a 4-3, but I still don't see him as a Wilfork type.
Look at this picture of him and tell me if you think he's got the body type to be a big interior D lineman in the NFL?