Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
Over the first five games, Jarvis Landry has played in 32, 44, 33, 33 and 47 snaps, respectively. However, many of those during the first four weeks were on special teams. The 47 snaps last Sunday were mainly on offense and was a significant step for him in taking a bigger role in the offense.
“I think he played 45 (snaps) the other day. That’s a pretty hefty amount,” Joe Philbin said. “It depends on the type of game. What did we have, 60 plays last week, 59, something like that. He got in 75 percent (of the plays). We’ve had him running down on kickoffs. We’ve had him returning punts on kickoffs. He plays a lot of football. I wouldn’t rule out that he could play more.”
Philbin has been impressed with Landry’s development from the start of the season and emphasized the fact that he really spends time focusing on the small details, which is what separates one from being successful or not.
“I think the biggest thing is he comes out here every day and really practices hard. I was just noticing earlier in the week, whether it is kickoff returns, whether it’s watching the ball in when he is catching a simple route against air, whether it is pass skelly against the defense or team or two-minute. The guy practices hard and it’s starting to translate into more production in the games.
He’s aware. He’s instinctive, so he knows his stuff. He looks for the ball at the appropriate time and he gets his head around quick even when he’s not hot, and those types of things. He has good skill. He’s a competitor and he’s coming along nicely.”
Landry has all the skills to become a successful NFL player and so far, it looks like he’s well on his way to becoming one. However, he’ll have to keep on working harder each week as defenses come up with different ways to scheme against him. If he can adjust to that, there might be no stopping Landry on his way to becoming a great player for the next ten years.
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