Former Nebraska QB Tommy Armstrong to stick with Vikings, but not for offense
Tommy Armstrong wanted to keep his options open.
That’s why the former Nebraska quarterback worked out at receiver during the pre-draft process. That allowed him to showcase his quickness and draw some rave reviews from scouts.
However, that didn’t lead to him getting drafted. Instead, the Vikings brought Armstrong in for rookie minicamp over the weekend, and they tried him out at running back.
By the time the weekend wrapped up, Armstrong earned an invitation to stay with the team through Organized Team Activities (OTAs). But Armstrong won’t be playing running back, receiver or quarterback.
The Vikings want him to play safety.
Armstrong told the Pioneer Press that Minnesota moved him to the secondary on Sunday. The Vikings want to sign Armstrong to a contract to stay at that position.
In addition to that, the Vikings said that they were impressed Armstrong’s special teams ability, which he obviously never played at Nebraska.
Armstrong did play safety as a two-way player back in high school.
“I was kind of rusty at first,’’ Armstrong said of Sunday’s practice via the Pioneer Press. “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.’’
According to the Pioneer Press, Armstrong will return to Minnesota next weekend and he’ll get a playbook. OTAs begin on May 23, which is when Armstrong’s tryout will officially begin.
Perhaps another converted B1G quarterback has an NFL future after all.