OXNARD, Calif. – After the 2010 season, Anthony Armstrong thought he might have found a home in the NFL with Washington.
He played in 15 games, started 11 and caught 44 passes for 871 yards and three touchdowns.
But then the Redskins made a coaching change, bringing in Mike Shanahan, and Armstrong caught only seven passes for 103 yards in 2011. Last year, he played in five games for Miami and one for the Cowboys and caught three passes.
“I think about that every day,” Armstrong said. “I always want to return to that 2010 level of play. It’s still going to be a grind regardless. People are going to have their guys they want to work in and you’ve got to find the right match.”
Armstrong hopes the Cowboys are the right match in 2013. It will be a tough road to crack the top five receivers, but there is always a chance the Cowboys keep six wideouts. The top five now are Dez Bryant, Miles Austin, Terrance Williams, Dwayne Harris and Cole Beasley.
With Bryant (hip) and Austin (rest) getting some time off, Armstrong got more work lately. He responded with a touchdown catch from Tony Romo on Friday and a generally productive session.
“Whenever you get to be in training camp you’ve got an opportunity to make the team, regardless of your status and how you got here,” Armstrong said. “Being able to be here from the beginning is huge. You get on equal ground you can say. Last year coming in near the end of the season you’ve got to learn the playbook, get the chemistry and hope to find a niche. Hopefully things go better for me this year.”