Tackle Terron Armstead, one of the Saints’ two third-round draft picks this spring, talks about his first training camp, rookie hazing and his biggest challenge trying to earn a spot on the 53-man roster.
The Advocate: How did your first NFL training camp go?
Terron Armstead: It’s been going pretty well. I had some trouble with a few mistakes, learning technique, but things are going pretty smoothly now. I feel like I’ve made strides.
TA: Do you still feel like a rookie, or have you graduated yet?
Armstead: I’m just focusing on getting better every day, trying to work on my technique and taking care of what I can.
TA: Part of the initiation into the league is rookie hazing, like singing in the cafeteria? Did you have to do anything like that?
Armstead: Yeah, I rapped for the team … with a little freestyle. We had to dress up in some spandex and wear a helmet with no facemask all day. So there’s been some fun stuff.
TA: Did you have to sing your school song from Arkansas-Pine Bluff?
Armstead: No, I didn’t sing because our school doesn’t have a fight song.
TA: What was your biggest challenge coming into training camp?
Armstead: Just the new technique, just having to pretty much revamp everything — starting with the stance and pass sets. So we were starting from scratch with a lot of things.
TA: What are your strengths right now?
Armstead: I think I’m a pretty powerful guy, an explosive guy. I have quick feet and quick hands, so I’m just trying to hone all those things and trying to put them all together to be one really good play.
TA: What’s your favorite food now that you’re living in New Orleans?
Armstead: The food is great. I’ve been touching some of everything, but I’m finally starting to come around to seafood — I’ve had some oysters, catfish and shrimp. It’s pretty good food.