Rookie offensive tackle Terron Armstead had a quiet performance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 17, which is nothing but a good thing.
Armstead was the subject of much criticism from all angles recently for his poor performance in Week 16, but Armstead turned things around in the Saints’ big win. Armstead said he felt more comfortable in his second start, as he told the media, per ESPN’s Mike Triplett:
“I felt a lot more comfortable today,” Armstead said. “Just from week 1 to week 2, being with the first unit again for another week, felt a little more comfortable.”
Quarterback Drew Brees even noticed the improvement:
“Just in regards to that maturation process and experience level, even with just one game under his belt,” Brees said. “Kinda knowing what to expect. You know, the feelings and emotions going into a game, then obviously as the game unfolds, how you play it and technique and all those things. He’s got a great group around him, so that helps. But he did great today.”
As did head coach Sean Payton:
“Like I said, he did a pretty good job last week, obviously with tough conditions on the road,” Payton said. “Without having looked at the tape, we were getting a lot of pressures, a lot of safety blitzes today, a lot of linebacker pressures. It made the running game ‘feast or famine,’ if you will. … We felt that way coming into the game that we were going to see that. I thought those guys up front really did a good job in giving Drew time.”
Great news for Armstead, who can take this performance and use it as a confidence booster — as the rest of the team is — going into the postseason against the Philadelphia Eagles.
For a rookie starting in his second game, Armstead did just fine. But confidence is important, and Armstead now has plenty. It is a different animal to tackle a first-ever playoff game, but the rest of the Saints will be supporting Armstead and helping him along.
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