During the three days of the Minnesota Vikings’ rookie mini-camp, Tommy Armstrong changed positions more frequently than your average insomniac. However, all that shifting around may have been enough to land him a spot with the team.
According to Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the former Nebraska quarterback has said that the Vikings are interested in keeping him around. . .as a safety.
Armstrong spent the first two days of the Vikings’ mini-camp at the running back spot, but on Sunday was told by running backs coach Kennedy Polamalu that he would be shifting to the defensive backfield instead. Apparently Armstrong played some safety in high school, and the team was apparently impressed enough that he was told he’d be brought back when the team started Organized Team Activities next week.
“I was kind of rusty at first,’’ Armstrong said of Sunday’s practice. “But I think that I can bring something to the team on the defensive side of the ball and to special teams. I’m looking forward to next week. I’ll do whatever it takes to play in the NFL.’’
On the depth chart at safety behind Harrison Smith and Andrew Sendejo, things are pretty wide open for the Vikings. They currently have Jayron Kearse, Anthony Harris, and Antone Exum on the roster. Seventh-round pick Jack Tocho is listed as a safety on the team’s roster now as well. Still, after having obviously made an impression at mini-camp, it appears Armstrong has a chance to stick around.
There hasn’t been any word that any of the other rookie tryouts from this weekend will be getting another opportunity with the team, but if there is we will pass that along.