Armstrong collected four tackles (three solo) and an interception in Monday's win over the Rams. Armstrong co-started at middle linebacker with Gerald Hodges with the latter receiving more snaps on early downs (41 for Armstrong and 19 for Hodges). The interception bolstered what would have been a pedestrian tackle total. If the two linebackers continue to split snaps, then neither will see enough opportunities to rack up enough tackles next to NaVorro Bowman to become relevant in IDP leagues.
Armstrong was surprisingly held out of Thursday's preseason finale against the Chargers, indicating that he is in the mix for the final starting inside linebacker position, the Sacramento Bee reports. Armstrong appeared to be the outlier in the three-man race for the second starting inside linebacker competition with Gerald Hodges and Michael Wilhoite due to his lack of experience with in the 49ers defense (limited to special teams duty for five games last season). Starters are usually held out of the final game of the preseason and there has been report of an injury. Armstrong apparently showed enough during training camp and the first three games of the preseason to leapfrog Wilhoite (who played Thursday). Unless there is a surprise development in the coming days, Armstrong and Hodges should split duties starting alongside NaVorro Bowman, with the linebacker playing the early downs having the advantage in IDP value.
Raiders linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong hasn't made much of an impact during his first two seasons in the league. A lot of that stemmed from immature penalties, something coach Jack Del Rio said is starting to change, per ESPN.com. "He's really bought in to the idea of maturing and being more disciplined in his play. I think that if you bring some of the playmaking and some of the natural athletic ability that we like, some of the aggressiveness that we like. We're just wanting to make sure that the maturity is there ... the accountability is there. I think he's made great strides over this offseason in developing himself along those lines. That's going to be important for us and important for him." Armstrong recorded 18 tackles and a forced fumble in 11 games last season.
The following players have been ruled inactive for the Raiders Week 6 at home against the Chargers: Matt McGloin, Vincent Brown, Keith McGill, Jonathan Dowling, Ray-Ray Armstrong, Khalif Barnes and Tony Bergstrom.
The Raiders claimed linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong off waivers from the Rams, general manager Reggie McKenzie announced Tuesday. Armstrong has primarly been a special-teams player since being signed by the Rams in 2013 as an undrafted free agent.