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    Patriots Sign Armond Armstead

    Pretty sure this deserves its own thread. Great sign, as he has a lot of upside to potentially be a force as a pass rusher.

    The Patriots have signed defensive tackle Armond Armstead, according to a source. The contract terms have not yet been disclosed.

    Armstead is an interesting prospect as one of the more sought-after players coming out of the CFL. The 22-year-old missed his senior season at USC in 2011 after suffering a heart attack, and he went undrafted last year. Armstead, who is 6-foot-5 and 298 pounds, had three sacks as a junior and six sacks last season for the Toronto Argonauts. He was an all-star, and the Argonauts won the Grey Cup.

    Armstead has some injury history, too. He broke his hand in 2008, broke his ankle in 2009 and sprained his shoulder in 2010.
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    Adam Schefter calls him "the equivalent of a high draft pick."

    Awesome. Right?

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    Love it. Low risk (probably...no contract details yet) high reward. Could help fill one of our biggest needs, a pass rushing inside prescence. Could team up with Pryor, and we'd be set before the offseason really even starts.

    As I write this, both those guys are pretty injury prone, but I could see BB rolling with Pryor and Armstrong as the inside pass rush guys.

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    good signing.

    could have used him in the ravens game.

    The AS article:

    After the Miami Dolphins found pass rusher Cameron Wake in Canada and the Indianapolis Colts did the same with linebacker Jerrell Freeman, teams now are looking closely at former USC and Toronto Argonauts standout defensive tackle Armond Armstead, according to sources.

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    Armond Armstead played three seasons with the Trojans (2008-10), starting 17 games and recording 59 tackles.
    Last week, Armstead visited with the New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles and Colts, and might make more visits this week before making a decision about where to sign, which is expected to take place this week.

    In the 6-foot-5, 300-pound Armstead, an NFL team will be getting the equivalent of a high draft pick months before the April draft.

    The 22-year-old former USC standout went to Canada to prove he was healthy enough to play football again after suffering a heart attack, the subject of a lawsuit against the school in which Armstead alleges the attack was brought on by painkillers.

    Armstead played three seasons for USC (2008-10), starting 17 games and recording 59 tackles. He did not suit up for the Trojans in 2011 because he was not medically cleared for competition and then went undrafted in the 2012 NFL draft.

    Playing for Toronto this season, Armstead had six sacks and helped the Argonauts win the Grey Cup. Toronto released him earlier this month, reportedly so he could pursue a spot in the NFL.

    Wake has 43 sacks since signing with Miami before the 2009 season, including 15 this season. Freeman had 145 tackles, two sacks and an interception in his rookie season with the Colts in 2012.

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    Interesting, i like it. Im not expecting much from him though.
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    Nice way to get the off season started.

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    If his heart condition is behind him, then there are legitimate reasons to be excited. He comes from a great family and is a very hard worker as well. I think this is definitely a guy that could stick.
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    Love this signing.
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    We still have to obtain another high round DT IMO. But he could be useful on passing downs perhaps.


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    Quote Originally Posted by bagwell368 View Post
    We still have to obtain another high round DT IMO. But he could be useful on passing downs perhaps.
    I'd rather spend our top 2 picks though this year on a WR/DB in any order.


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    Quote Originally Posted by bagwell368 View Post
    We still have to obtain another high round DT IMO. But he could be useful on passing downs perhaps.
    I'm not so sure we will take a DT high. We have Wilfork, Love, Deadrick, and now this guy. Then we have DEs that can play inside in sub packages. Combine that with us having few picks, and I think there are other areas we need more draft help.


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    Quote Originally Posted by hugepatsfan View Post
    I'm not so sure we will take a DT high. We have Wilfork, Love, Deadrick, and now this guy. Then we have DEs that can play inside in sub packages. Combine that with us having few picks, and I think there are other areas we need more draft help.
    Love and Deaderick do not scare anyone outside sub 3 yard runs, and we don't know how Armstead will do. And Cunningham cannot be relied on for consistent pass rush on the inside. Yes we need a big safety that can cover, but that's more available in FA than in this awful draft for safeties.

    It's either DT, RT, or LB. Ogletree, Jesse Williams, Fluker.... All good picks for us (although we need to trade up for Ogletree)

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    Quote Originally Posted by hugepatsfan View Post
    I'm not so sure we will take a DT high. We have Wilfork, Love, Deadrick, and now this guy. Then we have DEs that can play inside in sub packages. Combine that with us having few picks, and I think there are other areas we need more draft help.
    Premium DT's come off the board about as fast as LT's and DE's and ahead of everyone else but QB's. It's a weakish draft they say. If you want a DT in the draft, he's coming before pick #45.

    Having guys on the roster doesn't mean the position is deep. Wilfork is a 10/10, and Love a 6.5/10, and everyone else is below average. Wilfork is coming to the time when he can't play as much as he has been.

    Meanwhile Vollmer looks gone, so a RT may turn out to be #1, since the T situation w/o him is worse than the DT situation.

    CB, SS, CB are other high priority areas. Even if Welker leaves I doubt the Pats draft a WR high.


    6/27/09: “We expect [Rondo] to play by the rules and be a leader as a point guard. We need him to be more of a leader,” Ainge said. “There were just a couple situations where he was late this year, I don’t know if he was sitting in his car, but showed up late and the rest of the team was there. We have team rules and you have to be on time. He was fined for being late, he said he was stuck in traffic, and it’s just unacceptable.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by homie564 View Post
    I'd rather spend our top 2 picks though this year on a WR/DB in any order.
    A SS, CB, or cover LB are all possible, and not bad moves.

    WR? Very unlikely IMO.


    6/27/09: “We expect [Rondo] to play by the rules and be a leader as a point guard. We need him to be more of a leader,” Ainge said. “There were just a couple situations where he was late this year, I don’t know if he was sitting in his car, but showed up late and the rest of the team was there. We have team rules and you have to be on time. He was fined for being late, he said he was stuck in traffic, and it’s just unacceptable.”

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    What makes you say Vollmer seems gone? Is it just the injury history?


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