Armstrong collected eight tackles (four solo) in Sunday's 12-9 loss to Seattle. Armstrong got the start at left outside linebacker as expected, replacing Reuben Foster (ankle), who is expected to miss at least a few more weeks. The 28-year-old held up his end of the bargain in terms of wrapping up the ball carrier, finishing just behind NaVorro Bowman for the team lead in tackles. Armstrong looked shaky in coverage at times, but for IDP purposes, his run defense should keep him relevant until Foster returns from injury.
Armstrong recorded five tackles in Thursday's preseason finale against the Chargers. Armstrong lost the starting outside linebacker job battle to Reuben Foster, but he appears to be a lock to make the final 53-man roster as a backup. The 28-year-old should be first in line to enter the starting lineup should any of the 49ers' linebackers go down to injury this season.
Armstrong (pectoral) participated in the 49ers' minicamp practice Wednesday, Cam Inman of The Mercury News reports. Armstrong reportedly looked "energetic as ever," showing no signs of the pectoral injury that cost him the final 14 games of the 2016 season. He looks set to enter the summer as a key backup at outside linebacker.
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.
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.
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