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Getting to Know Alex Armah

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With the departure of Mike Tolbert a void was left in the FB room. The Panthers decided to address the need as GM Dave Gettlemen said by “thinking outside the box.” And that’s exactly what they did when selecting the versatile, multi-positional player, Alex Armah, as the sixth round draft pick.

“I was hoping for the call from the Panthers. I’m blessed.”

Alex made a positional change from DEFENSE to Fullback. Armah, however, sees himself as a fullback.

He had a lot of success as defensive end at West Georgia. So why the change? As a 4-3 linebacker in the NFL his size is a disadvantage. Armah “feels like his versatility helps.” He has played DE, Linebacker, Fullback, and Tightend. He’s played special teams and he looks to sell himself on special teams with the work ethic that he gives and what he can give to the team.

Armah may bring a chip on his shoulder, being from a smaller school, West Georgia, in comparison to the other big named colleges. He has worked hard and his work did not go unnoticed by the Panthers.

“I’m straightforward. I’m a workhorse, I’m gonna work. I’m gonna give them my best.”

“This is a huge honor. To be able to bring the Panthers back to where we know we can be.”

Armah’s story is interesting. It shows a young man who is willing to do anything to help his team win. He excelled in playing the defensive role and was willing to help West Georgia in their need of tight ends and fullbacks. He approached his coaches and offered to help out. The coaches were intrigued. And since he had played both positions in high school, there was a clear advantage there.

Armah could do it all. “He could set the edge as a tight end and blow open holes as a fullback, and he didn’t care if he got the ball or just blocked.”

Armah loves “obliterating a linebacker with a lead block.” “I live for that.”

He is truly a “do-it-all player.”

NFL Total Access recently questioned who should be Christian McCaffrey’s best buddy and they went with Guard Trai Turner. I think Turner will be a major benefactor in opening holes for McCaffrey.

And if there was to be another buddy in that system I would have to say it should be Alex Armah, “obliterating a linebacker with a lead block.”


Gettlemen loves to select players with “tremendous upside” and I believe they found one in the versatile fullback.

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