Rookie wide receiver Jarvis Landry has wasted no time becoming a fan favorite in Miami and has also been turning heads around the NFL. Through 11 games, Landry has racked up 49 receptions and has gained 450 yards with 5 touchdowns. He has averaged 9.2 yards per reception and his longest reception comes in at 21 yards.
Perhaps most impressive though is his ability to make the tough catches and also get the yards after the catch, often shedding tacklers and juking defenders in the open field. While Landry showed this skill set in college, he says he owes a lot of credit to the guys in the locker room who have helped him grow.
"I’ve learned from (Brandon Gibson), I learned from Mike (Wallace), I’ve learned from Brian (Hartline). I think from the other guys, it has just been picking their brain, not more of a physical thing, but more of a mental thing. As far as practice, just showing me how to practice, just showing me how to take care of my body and stuff like that has definitely been helpful.”
Landry said that he's always had the confidence that he can be successful but he just didn't have the opportunity earlier in the season to showcase his skills. Now, with him seeing the field more than any receiver with the exception of Mike Wallace, his confidence level and chemistry with Ryan Tannehill has been growing each week.
“Just trust, developing it, the trust and chemistry to make plays for each other and I think that definitely allowed me and him and the offense to move in a positive way as Ryan has progressed. I think, as a whole group collectively, we’ve all grown. We’ve all gotten better. Each week, you have seen him progress. You've seen all of us progress. Since that Chicago week, when we all started running the ball and extending plays, I think the 17 of Tannehill that we need on this team is definitely here.”
Tannehill said that he has a ton of confidence in Landry and has been impressed with the way he carries himself on and off the field.
"He’s a playmaker. You see what he does week in and week out, day in and day out on the practice field. He comes to practice every day, practices hard. He runs hard even if he’s not feeling good. Once you get the ball in his hands, it’s a chance of a touchdown every single time. He runs hard, whether it’s on special teams, a kickoff, punt return or once he gets the ball in his hands, he’s determined to make yards after the catch. He’s one of the most fun guys to play with because every time he touches the ball he can do something with it. So you love throwing to guys like that and you see the passion he has for the game. You can tell he loves the game just by the way he plays. When you’re playing with guys like that, it’s a lot of fun.”
Tannehill admits that he didn't know much about Landry when the Dolphins drafted him but once he saw him ont he practice field, he knew he was going to be something special.
“I actually didn’t know much about him until we drafted him. I think I saw him play in college a little bit. Once I saw him on the practice field, some of the catches he made in the first couple of days, I knew he was a special player. Some of the best hands I’ve ever seen, if not the best. He’s constantly making plays for us.”
The sky seems to be the limit for Landry and he's only going to get better from here. It's certainly going to be exciting watching in Miami for the next several years and hopefully beyond.
This story was written by Matthew Cannata. You can follow him on Twitter: @PhinManiacs
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