If there was one thing that was made abundantly and immediately clear about Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry, it was that he had an intense and burning passion for the game of football.
What solidified this notion for me was one day during training camp in his rookie season when an uncatchable ball sailed over his head and he actually berated himself for not being able to catch it. From that moment on, I could tell that Landry was special.
His work ethic has never been brought into question, his level of effort given in practice and in games have been far above and beyond the call. As a result, Landry has become quarterback Ryan Tannehill's go-to wide receiver, and he accomplished all of that within his rookie season.
Now with the majority of his teammates taking some well-deserved time off before the beginning of training camp, which opens up on July 30th, Landry has instead decided to continue his training in hopes of becoming an even better weapon this upcoming season.
“He just continues to work,” said former Dolphins WR Chris Chambers during an appearance with The Finsiders. “He actually came over to (The Chamber– Chris’ fitness facility), and I got a chance to work with him a little bit and be able to put my hands on him for a few weeks, and he’s really into it. A lot of guys right now, they’re on vacation for another couple weeks until after the 4th (of July), and then guys will crank it up. He’s already training, getting ready for this season.”
Chambers was once a fan favorite in Miami before he was traded to San Diego - much to the chagrin and outrage of many Dolphins fans - and now Landry has quickly weaved his way into the hearts of almost all Dolphins fans, even to the point where the name "Jarvis Landry" is a household name in any Miami fan's home.
His work ethic and effort on the field has managed to make up for any physical shortcomings he may have come in with, and now that work is paying its dividends as Landry has been able to give his input on plays and give his own reasoning as to what a good course of action to take might be.
“He’s a very intelligent guy and he’s a good route runner,” Chambers said. “He’s told me that he’s even put in plays that he likes to run and that the coaches are listening to him. He’s completely into the game. I do see him developing, I don’t see him hitting that wall that second year, and I think he’s going to go out there and play well.”
The former LSU wide receiver has made a name for himself with his excellent hands and route-running, and now he's determined to make himself better in the other areas of his game. Some would say that Landry isn't special due to the fact that he isn't particularly fast or big, but they would be looking in the wrong place.
What makes Landry special is not necessarily his talent, but rather his determination to be elite and his passion for playing football. Landry has taken several steps this offseason to increase his usefulness to the team, and the fact that he has refused to stop even during the offseason is only further proof of just how badly Landry wants his team to win.
This story was written by Luis Sung. Follow him on Twitter: @FLSportDebater
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