New Orleans Saints rookie left tackle Terron Armstead became the starter in a Week 16 game against the Carolina Panthers, and he was unsurprisingly whipped in his first full regular season game. It was almost unfair, though, as Armstead was tasked with going up against Greg “The Kraken” Hardy, who is one of the most dominant defensive ends in the game as both a pass rusher and run defender; he certainly dominated in that game.
From then on, though, Armstead showed that he was a significant upgrade over veteran Charles Brown, whom Armstead replaced as Drew Brees’s blindside protector. He played well against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Philadelphia Eagles, and even the Seattle Seahawks in his final three games of the season. Armstead is incredibly athletic, and he was viewed as a high-upside, high-risk draft prospect after putting himself on the radar with a monstrous performance at the Combine last year.
It’s safe to say that Armstead has a world of potential, and he had a very successful three starts as a rookie following his unceremonious whipping at the hands of Hardy. Armstead tweeted yesterday that he would undergo “minor” hand surgery this morning, and he should be read for all offseason activities and a big 2014 season.