The New England Patriots have made a flurry of roster moves today as the team anticipates a cut down to 75 players on the roster tomorrow, and they made two expected moves in placing injured rookies Armond Armstead and Mark Harrison on the NFI and PUP list respectively.
Armstead’s inclusion on the reserve/NFI list comes as no surprise, since he hasn’t been in a preseason game or participated in training camp with an infection of unknown severity. The CFL star and former USC Trojans standout is expected to play a significant role as a backup defensive tackle on defense once he comes back, as Armstead was part of an effort made by the Patriots to get a better interior pass rush.
Mark Harrison hasn’t played in any preseason games either, and I would be shocked if he ends up coming off of the reserve/PUP list. Harrison has a ton of upside at 6’3″, 230 pounds, and the Rutgers product also has good speed to go with his massive size. If he wasn’t injured, Harrison would have made the practice squad, but giving him a full year of rest on the PUP list is far more ideal. Harrison has the tools, but he is a very raw prospect at this point. His injury is a foot issue that has been plaguing him for quite some time, so his inclusion on the PUP is also not a surprise.