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    Pats sign DL Armstead from USC/CFL

    Who is Armond Armstead, and Why Are NFL Teams Hot on His Heels?

    By Gary Davenport from Bleacher Report


    With only four teams still alive in the 2013 NFL playoffs, for many teams the offseason process has already begun, which means getting ready for the madness of free agency and this year's NFL draft.

    As teams do so a wild card of sorts has entered the picture, and that player from the frigid wastes of the Canadian Football League is generating interest from a number of NFL teams.

    Toronto Argonauts defensive tackle Armond Armstead, who ESPN's Adam Schefter calls the equivalent of a "high draft pick," has already visited with the New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles and Indianapolis Colts and may visit with more teams before deciding where to sign. His decision is supposed to be made this week.

    The 22-year-old Armstead, who was a CFL All-Star in his one year in Toronto, racked up six sacks in helping to lead the Argonauts in the Grey Cup in 2012.

    Prior to that Armstead played at USC for three years, racking up 43 tackles and three sacks as a junior. Headed into the 2011 campaign, there were high hopes for both Armstead's senior year in Los Angeles and his prospects for the NFL.

    Things didn't go as planned though. The 6'5", 300-pound Armstead experienced chest pains during training in February 2011 and was not cleared by USC to play at all that season. The incident led to a 2012 lawsuit by Armstead against the university in which Armstead alleges that mandatory injections of the controversial painkiller Toradol caused a heart attack, according to a report by Pedro Moura of ESPN.

    Armstead has since been fully cleared by doctors, and after considering transferring, Armstead chose to enter the 2012 NFL draft but was not selected, paving the way for his one-year stint in Toronto.

    Now Armstead is set to take another shot at plying his trade in the NFL, and given the success that NFL teams have recently had with CFL transplants such as linebacker Jerrell Freeman and defensive end Cameron Wake, the youngster will have no shortage of suitors.

    Those suitors, as we mentioned, include the Colts, who hit pay dirt with Freeman a year ago and have needs up and down the defensive front. After Armstead's recent visit to Indianapolis general manager Ryan Grigson came away impressed, according to the Associated Press via ESPN.

    "He was here on a visit, he's a talented guy, I feel he fits this defense nice and had some versatility with this defense," Grigson said.

    However, with at least two other teams already having hosted Armstead, it appears that Grigson and Schefter are far from alone in their esteem for the youngster, and the ability to acquire a potential impact player without spending a draft pick to do it will no doubt appeal to a number of clubs.

    It's there where the silver lining for Armond Armstead lies. Granted, his road to the National Football League certainly didn't take the route he thought it would, but at least he gets to pick his landing spot once he gets there.

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    ...and?

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    from Rotoworld:

    Patriots signed former USC and Toronto Argonauts DT Armond Armstead.

    Armstead worked out for several teams over the last week or so, including the Colts and Eagles. Armstead was forced to the CFL in 2012 after missing the 2011 season at USC after suffering a heart attack. Armstead, listed at 6-foot-5 and 298 pounds, recorded six sacks last season as the Argonauts won the Grey Cup. ESPN's Adam Schefter called him "the equivalent of a high draft pick."

    ... he had a good 2010 at USC before having that heart attack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by McGinley View Post
    ...and?
    and he's been in the news a lot lately (if you follow football closely, at least) and more than a few teams had expressed interest. And he had a breakout year before his heart attack. And he had a heart attack at 21 and is now getting a shot in the NFL

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    Quote Originally Posted by BamaJets View Post
    and he's been in the news a lot lately (if you follow football closely, at least) and more than a few teams had expressed interest. And he had a breakout year before his heart attack. And he had a heart attack at 21 and is now getting a shot in the NFL
    I don't follow college ball/cfl. I think I might have heard something about him, though.

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    From the highlight videos, he looks like the second coming of Jonathan Fanene. Hopefully he will work out better for the Pats than the first coming of Fanene.

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    He's no Wake. Might be a good prospect though.

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    Patriots have a lot of D-linemen on their roster

    Deaderick
    Wilfork
    Cunningham
    Jones
    Love
    Scott
    Francis.

    To add one more to the roster.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eckesg1 View Post
    Patriots have a lot of D-linemen on their roster

    Deaderick
    Wilfork
    Cunningham
    Jones
    Love
    Scott
    Francis.

    To add one more to the roster.....
    None of those guys is primarily an inside pass rusher (except maybe Cunningham, for whom being an inside pass rusher is not -- ahem -- natural). Armstead appears to be an attempt to fill that role.

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    Clear example of a team having the flexibility to pursue any and all options...unlike our Jets who reside in cap hell.

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    Jets need to be scanning the CFL for some offensive talent!

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    The beauty of having cap flexibility and cap space...

    Pats signed Giants TE Ballard even though he was a full year DL candidate.
    Pats signed Demps (Olympic track runner) and essentially reds shirted him
    Pats acquire Talib
    Pats now sign this CFL stud

    Before the '13 draft begins, the Pats already have infused their roster with 3 new players and taken a good hard look at Talib.

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    Where's JETSRULE 128 WHEN YOU NEED HIM

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redrew View Post
    The beauty of having cap flexibility and cap space...

    Pats signed Giants TE Ballard even though he was a full year DL candidate.
    Pats signed Demps (Olympic track runner) and essentially reds shirted him
    Pats acquire Talib
    Pats now sign this CFL stud

    Before the '13 draft begins, the Pats already have infused their roster with 3 new players and taken a good hard look at Talib.
    Relax. The Pats are taking a HUGE chance/risk on a player with a medical history of heart disease at age 21. If the Jets did this you would probably be screaming WTF!! Let's see what he does before you call him a stud.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redrew View Post
    Clear example of a team having the flexibility to pursue any and all options...unlike our Jets who reside in cap hell.
    lol...

    Eejit...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeJam Football View Post
    Jets need to be scanning the CFL for some offensive talent!
    Slot back/kick returner Chris Williams and running back Chevon Walker both from Hamilton.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beerfish View Post
    Slot back/kick returner Chris Williams and running back Chevon Walker both from Hamilton.
    Didn't the Jets sign one of the top CFL RBs a few weeks ago?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeJam Football View Post
    Jets need to be scanning the CFL for some offensive talent!
    Tebow's already on the roster, brah.

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