May 4, 2013

Patriots Beat: Some Pats never feel a draft

By Mike Lowe
Staff Writer

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Armond Armstead, who signed with New England after playing a year with the Toronto Argonauts after going undrafted in 2012 out of USC, said that is all the incentive any of these players need.

"It just shows you that they don't care where you came from," he said. "It's what you do when you get here. I have the opportunity, have the chance to show what I can do now."

Allen, who is following in the Patriots' tradition of left-footed punters (Mesko, Ken Walker, Josh Miller to name some), knows that every NFL roster includes players not drafted out of college who "go on to have outstanding careers over a long period of time."

Punting at Lousiana Tech, he won the Ray Guy award, given to the nation's outstanding punter, in 2011 and 2012 -- the first player to win that award in back-to-back years.

But he also knows that doesn't mean a thing any more.

"In a sense, once you step to next level, that's all out the door," he said. "When you step to the next level, the expectations of play at this level is what you have to focus on. It's all about looking forward now."

And getting one more chance to play.

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