Just a few short weeks after New Orleans Saints‘ OLB Junior Galette had nothing but positive words to say about second-year LT Terron Armstead, the “Sackman” was it again during Tuesday’s press conference following practice at team facilities in Metairie, LA.
When Junior was first asked about what it’s like to go up against the former Arkansas Pine-Bluff offensive lineman, he compared Terron to some of the best he’s faced in the NFL. At today’s presser, Galette mentioned how quick the tackle was on his feet and that he’s had trouble getting around him every time he’s gone in to pressure the quarterback.
Number 93 also informed the media that he just recently discovered Armstead’s record at the NFL Scouting Combine for offensive lineman. During last year’s preparations for the 2013 NFL Draft, he posted a 4.71 time in the 40-yard dash after initially clocking in at an unofficial 4.65. At 6-foot-5, 304 pounds, those are eye-popping numbers for such a large human being.
Between his athleticism, stature and nimble movements on the line, Terron is poised for a big year. I’m sure Drew Brees is enthusiastic about the talent level the young tackle brings to the Pro-Bowl quarterback’s blind side. A guy with his speed is crucial to have on your side when facing some of the more explosive defensive ends and linebackers in the league.
Switching it up now, Armstead said facing Galette every day makes him ready to be the Black and Gold’s starting left tackle. Junior is coming off a solid performance last season after finishing just behind teammate Cam Jordan with 12 sacks, which was good for sixth in the NFL. Going up against the sack machine daily will certainly prepare you for pass rushing powerhouses like the Carolina Panthers, San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers.
Both Galette and Armstead seem eager to get back onto the field. Kick off to 2014 is just a few short weeks away. With the mentality to finish strong at training camp and carry that momentum over into the regular season, it would be no surprise if both players dominated at their positions.