Former Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong has landed with the Minnesota Vikings, and will be switching to the defensive side of the ball as he tries to lock down an NFL spot.
This evening, the Vikings announced the signing of Armstrong, who is making the jump to safety after previously working at running back with the team during rookie tryouts.
Earlier this month, Armstrong commented on the possibility of moving to safety, and seemed very receptive to it, if it gives him the best chance to make a club.
From the Pioneer Press:
The athletic Armstrong played the first two days of the tryout camp at running back before he was told by running backs coach Kennedy Polamulu. that Gray would meet with him Sunday morning and he would be looked at during the practice at safety. Armstrong played the position at Steele High School in Cibolo, Texas.
“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.’’
Armstrong was rumored to be signing with the team late last month, and even announced it on Twitter, but apparently those early discussions fell through. Now, his undrafted free agent deal with the franchise looks to be official.