Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
Although Jarvis Landry made a few rookie mistakes, such as running backwards to catch a punt at the five-yard line and being tackled or a few key drops here and there, he was one of the lone bright spots for a team that needed energy and spark on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Landry took the opening kickoff 40 yards after running over several defenders. This return was full of intensity and seemed to give the Dolphins a slight spark on the offensive side of the ball. Later in the game, he returned the kick for 70 yards to set up the Dolphins with great field position. Unfortunately, the offense couldn’t do anything both times so it was all for nothing. Landry talked about his returns after the game.
“For us, we have the advantage of touching the field first. We want to be the tone setters, go out there set the tones and make plays. Our special teams coach, he drew up a great play and we executed it. There was great blocking, guys being selfless giving themselves up for the return team. That’s what really sprung it. Once you break free it’s finding the kicker and trying to get past him - the pursers are coming behind you. For us tonight it was great job blocking.”
In three games, Landry looks like he will become at minimum, a solid NFL player. He also has the vision and knack for finding open holes in the return game and should provide the Dolphins with much needed spark there throughout the rest of the season.