New England Patriots fans are a couple of weeks away from calling in Mulder and Scully from the X-Files to determine the strange happenings surrounding Armond Armstead, the Foxboro equivalent of Bigfoot.
Mike Reiss from ESPN.com offers up some insight on his absence:
Defensive tackle Armond Armstead, the highly-touted prospect from the Canadian Football League who was viewed as a top-three player on the depth chart by the coaching staff entering 2013 training camp, was once again absent from practice. He had been spotted during the first week of OTAs, but not last week and today.
These practices are voluntary, so there is a danger of reading too much into an absence, but Armstead doesn’t seem to be building the same type of momentum as some other players who are coming from injuries/health ailments.
The Patriots aren't in dire need of a defensive tackle, as a healthy Vince Wilfork, Tommy Kelly, Sealver Siliga, Dominique Easley and Chris Jones make up an adequate—at least—rotation. However, a versatile defender of Armstead's talent will always find a way onto the 53-man roster.
Bill Belichick invested $625,000 in guaranteed money in Armstead, but his patience has to be wearing thin. No matter what talent you have, a roster spot can't be won from the training room.