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5 things to know about new Giants running back Ryquell Armstead

From losing a season to COVID-19 to being Dave Gettleman’s type, here’s what we know

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Now that he is a member of the New York Giants, let’s get to know running back Ryquell Armstead.

COVID-19 cost him the 2020 season

Armstead did not opt out of the 2020 season. He opted in, and COVID-19 took the season away from him. Armstead was placed on the COVID-19 reserve list twice, Aug. 2 and Sept. 4 of last season. He was reportedly hospitalized twice with respiratory issues, and never played.

Entering the season, Armstead was thought to be a candidate to become Jacksonville’s lead back. Instead, he lost the season, lost his roster spot, and is now a Giant.

He was once on the ‘Valentine’s Views’ podcast

Armstead was a guest on the podcast during the buildup to the 2019 NFL Draft. When I talked to him he described himself as “a very unique runner. Very physical. I’m a guy that looks for contact.”

He told me that he grew up in Millville, N.J., which he described as “a pretty rough area.” He said that “at a very young age I idolized Brandon Jacobs. The things he did, how violent he ran reminded my of myself.”

He played some defense in 2018

Injuries along the Temple defensive front led Armstead to taking some snaps at linebacker. He ended up with a sack, an experience he told me he “was very grateful for.”

Regime change doomed him in Jacksonville

The Tom Coughlin-Doug Marrone Jaguars selected Armstead in Round 5 of the 2019 NFL Draft. The Urban Meyer-Trent Ballke Jaguars have moved on.

Jacksonville signed veteran running back Carlos Hyde in free agency and then drafted Travis Etienne in the first round. Those moves made Armstead expendable.

He’s Dave Gettleman’s type

Armstead is a 5-foot-11, 220-pound inside power runner. In his pre-draft scouting report, Lance Zierlein of NFL.com wrote that Armstead is a “Face-first runner who doesn’t appear to care that brakes come standard with the vehicle.”

Corey Clement is a 5-10, 220-pound back not known for his elusiveness.

Devontae Booker is 5-11, 219 pounds. Gary Brightwell is a 6-1, 218-pound back who would rather run through defenders than around them.

Saquon Barkley loves to make defenders miss. He is, though, also built like a Gettleman running back at 5-10, 233 pounds.