Written by Matthew Cannata at 9:15 PM EST | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
Jarvis Landry is one of the most explosive kickoff returners in the NFL, averaging 31.25 yards per attempt with a long of 74 yards. Although he has yet to break one for a touchdown, he has come close numerous times before being tackled by the last man on the opposing team. For Joe Philbin, he likes seeing that every Sunday and has complete confidence in Landry.
“He’s a football player. He’s instinctive. I think our blocking unit has done a good job for him giving him opportunities. He’s decisive with the ball in his hands. He doesn’t hesitate a whole lot. He catches the ball and he makes a move. He’s tough. He’s done a good job.”
Landry says that he feels at home returning kicks and knows that with a little more work and a little more practice, he’ll break one and score numerous touchdowns this season.
“I think now it’s, it’s that time. When we meet with the guys and we all talk we always talk about that he is one block or one cut or just one thing that we didn’t do. So I think everybody, including me, is pretty anxious to get one in, so we are going to go for it,” Landry said. “For me it has been all confidence and trusting the other ten guys. Trusting that they are going to do their job, trusting that Coach Rizz (Special Team Coordinator Darren Rizzi) put me in the best position to make a play and being back there, I don’t want to say feeling myself, just embracing the moment, just living in the moment, that has been the one thing that has helped me.”
Landry has proven to be well worth the second round pick that general manager Dennis Hickey spent on him. He’ll only get better and continue to help the Dolphins for the foreseeable future.