Anthony Armstrong regulates McNabb's locker
Wide receiver Anthony Armstrong has been one of the summer favorites for Redskins fans, but he's actually been with the team since the end of last season. He was thus well-settled in his current locker location entering the spring. Chad Rinehart's locker was initially to Armstrong's left, but when Rinehart left there was an opening. Then the team made a trade.
"I saw we had Donovan McNabb, I kind of thought about where there was an open locker, and I was like, 'He most likely is gonna be sitting next to us,' " Armstrong told me. "And lo and behold," he concluded, gesturing to McNabb's stuff.
"That's why I had rights," Armstrong continued. "Certain HOA regulations that we have over here. You've got to take care of your lawn, and right now he's got a violation," he said, gesturing to McNabb's scattered collection of cleats. "He does pretty well. He understands the rules and the fines associated with it. He's pretty compliant."
Armstrong, as you might have gathered, likes to joke around. He's had a pretty crazy path to the NFL -- Rich Campbell told it well -- but he certainly doesn't act like a scared newbie.
"First thing I told McNabb, I said look man, I know you're gonna have all this media over here, just don't have them in front of my locker, that's all I ask," Armstrong said on 106.7's Kevin and Rock Show over the weekend. "He got it arranged, and he gets to do all the press conferences at the podium."
I asked him whether the extra locker time has helped him become one of McNabb's favorite targets this summer, and Armstrong quickly said this wasn't a Tony Romo-Jason Witten situation.
"It's just cool sitting next to him," he told me. "People already were talking to me about how is it to catch a [McNabb] pass. I'm like he's my locker neighbor, and they're like 'Really? Oh, get me an autograph, send me a picture.'
"I'm not taking a picture of this man's locker, I'm not doing all this stuff. My friends [say] I want to see his locker, take a picture, get something signed. I'm like nah. It's nothing special. Put the name plate over here, and his locker's over here."
Armstrong also got off a few more choice lines to Kevin and Rock.
On persistence: "Anything can happen. Don't let people sit there and tell you that you're done. People tried to tell me that too, and they're the same ones sending me Facebook messages saying good job and let me get tickets to the Dallas game."
On coming to Washington in the winter: "I wasn't prepared for that. I had Chuck Taylors, a t-shirt and cargo shorts. I was facing pneumonia, probably."
On versatility: "The way I learn the playbook, I don't learn just one position, I try to learn the whole play, so that if they say we need somebody to be in the slot, I'm like, ok, I've got it. If you need me to be at the X, I've got it. If you need me to be at the Z, I can do that as well. I just try to show versatility, so they're like ok, we can trust Armstrong to do any of these three positions. That's just the best way I can do it to build up my resume to have these coaches have confidence in me."
On starring as a special-teams gunner: "Yeah, that surprised the hell out of me. If you ain't the starter, I know you're gonna have to do special teams in some form, some capacity. I told [Danny Smith], keep a look out for me. Because if I come in on third down, they've got me running go routes, I'm not thinking about running back down there to be gunner again. That's not the first thing that crosses my mind. So I just told him to look out for me. I'm willing to do it, but just keep a look out for me."
On making the roster: "Y'all can go over there and put a petition out, and make sure Coach Shanahan does the right thing....I told myself I'm not getting cut. So if Bruce Allen tells me that we've got to let you go, I'm gonna act like I didn't hear him and just go get ready for practice."
On the color scheme: "All we've been wearing is the maroon and white."
Ok, so he's not perfect.
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