Former Husker Lands Different Position with Vikings

Vikings Signing Former Nebraska QB Armstrong at Surprising Position 

One way or another, former Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong was going to find a way to land a contract with an NFL team, even if it included moving to the defensive side of the ball.

Armstrong told the Pioneer Press that the Minnesota Vikings plan to sign him as a safety so he can continue to practice the position in offseason workouts. 

The move is a testament to Armstrong's athleticism. The former Cornhuskers signal-caller spent the first two days of three-day rookie minicamp with the Vikings as a running back, but transitioned to the defensive backfield during his final workout with the team. 

“I met with [defensive backs coach Jerry] Gray after practice Sunday,  and he said, ‘We’re going to fly you back up here [next] Sunday and  we’ll give you a playbook,’’’ Armstrong told the Pioneer Press. “He said he’d call me in a  few days. They also like the way I’ve been playing special teams.”

Armstrong threw for 3,030 yards and 22 touchdowns for the Cornhuskers in 2015 and for 2,180 yards and 14 touchdowns last season. He also racked up 1,819 yards and 23 touchdowns on the ground during his time at Nebraska. 

While a move to defense might have been a surprise, he had an idea that he would not end up being a QB at the next level and seems to be rolling with the punches. 

“I was kind of rusty at first,” Armstrong said. “But I think that I  can bring something to the team on the defensive side of the ball and to  special teams. I’m looking forward to next week. I’ll do whatever it  takes to play in the NFL.”

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