Armstrong spent his first 10 contests of the regular season in San Francisco, where he racked up 54 tackles (39 solo), one sack, two passes defensed, two interceptions and one forced fumble before being released in late November. The Giants primarily used Armstrong on special teams, but he finally saw more than 20 defensive snaps in each of the team's final two games of the season. If Armstrong is able to make the final roster in 2018, he'd once again provide depth at outside linebacker.
Armstrong was waived by the 49ers over the weekend, and it's no surprise to see the Giants put in the claim since they just placed two more linebackers on injured reserve. The 28-year-old should serve as a reserve strong-side linebacker in New York, but he could potentially carve out a larger role given the team's injury situation.
Armstrong was released by the 49ers on Friday, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
The move was made in order to make room on the roster to activate Tank Carridine off injured reserve. Armstrong had seen his role reduced in recent weeks, so it is not surprising he was the odd man out in the situation. He now figures to either look for a new opportunity or land on the team's practice squad.
Armstrong recorded five tackles (all solo) in Sunday's blowout loss to the Cowboys, but he was only on the field for 27 of the team's 75 defensive snaps.
Armstrong was dealing with a minor shoulder injury heading into Sunday's contest, and while that may have played a role in the reduced role, the majority of his snaps were absorbed by safety Eric Reid, who playing out of position at outside linebacker. This development -- coupled with Reuben Foster's return -- could end what was a solid run for Armstrong as an IDP factor.
Armstrong (shoulder) is listed as active Sunday against the Cowboys.
Despite dealing with a shoulder injury for the second week in row, Armstrong will continue to hold down the fort at left outside linebacker. That said, he may not match his 7.5 tackles per game with 2017 first-rounder Reuben Foster (ankle) replacing NaVorro Bowman as the play caller on defense.
|2013||St. Louis Rams||16||13||12.0||1||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2014||St. Louis Rams||4||2||2.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2015||San Francisco 49ers||5||3||3.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2016||San Francisco 49ers||2||8||7.0||1||0||1||5||5.0||5||0||2|
|2017||New York Giants||5||10||5.0||5||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2017||San Francisco 49ers||10||54||39.0||15||1||2||29||14.5||29||0||2|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2013||St. Louis Rams||16||0||0||0||0||1||0||1||0|
|2014||St. Louis Rams||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2015||San Francisco 49ers||5||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2016||San Francisco 49ers||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||1||0|
|2017||New York Giants||5||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|2017||San Francisco 49ers||10||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|