Youth Miami Dolphins Jarvis Landry Orange Vector Camo Dri-Tek Name & Number T-Shirt Slot receiver Jarvis Landry confident his excitement about Browns will be vindicated
Jarvis Landry sensed skepticism Thursday as the charismatic slot receiver gushed about the future he envisions for the Browns during his introductory news conference.
“I think when I say it, not too many people believe me,” Landry said. “Even looking out, I still don’t think too many people believe me, but I’m very excited about the opportunity that’s in front of us, about the guys in this building, about the coaches that are in this building and about the city of Cleveland. I am looking forward to it.”
The Browns are banking on Landry providing a vital ingredient to what they hope will be a turnaround in the aftermath of an 0-16 season.
New Browns General Manager John Dorsey acquired Landry, quarterback Tyrod Taylor and safety Damarious Randall in a flurry of trades March 9 and signed seven more veterans Thursday via free agency. An aggressive roster makeover is in full swing, and more high-profile additions are looming with the Browns in possession of the first and fourth overall picks in next month’s draft.
“We are bound to make a splash here,” Landry said.
For the Browns to fulfill Landry’s prophecy, he must live up to the hype in his new NFL home.
Dorsey dealt a fourth-round pick (No. 123 overall) this year and a seventh-round choice next year to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for Landry. He made the Pro Bowl in each of the past three years, twice as an alternate, and led the NFL with 112 catches last season. No player in league history has more receptions in his first four seasons than Landry’s 400 — Anquan Boldin is next on the list with 58 fewer catches. And Landry eclipsed 1,000 receiving yards in 2015 (1,157) and 2016 (1,136).
“He has marvelous stats,” Dorsey said. “He has a presence about him and the way he plays the game. I think he will be ideal in the slot receiver position.
“He’s one of those guys that we consistently talk about — are they competitive, do they love the game of football? I think he fits that model.”
Landry signed the franchise tag the Dolphins placed on him, clearing the path for a trade and locking him into a one-year, $15.982 million contract.
Does he anticipate playing under the tag next season or signing a long-term deal before then?
“Right now, for me, I’m excited to be a Brown,” he said. “My agent is handling all of that type of stuff behind closed doors. I am excited about the future here, and that is what I can speak about.”
Dorsey didn’t want to comment but offered a hint of optimism.
“I don’t like to talk about the business of football players in this format,” he said. “I see long-term success for him in this organization. That is what I look forward to.”
Landry, 25, is determined to hold up his end of the bargain, and he’s certain new Browns wide receivers coach Adam Henry will push him to the limit. Henry was the position coach for Landry and New York Giants three-time Pro Bowl receiver Odell Beckham Jr. when they played together at Louisiana State University.
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“A lot of the things I have accomplished are a credit to [Henry],” said Landry, 5-foot-11 and 208 pounds. “So to be back in his hands again, I’m excited about what the future holds.”
The thought of being paired with 2013 All-Pro selection Josh Gordon has Landry giddy about the Browns as well.
“I know Flash,” Landry said. “I had the opportunity to meet him a couple of times, just talking. As far as a duo, I think that’s a good term. I think with the weapons we have, everybody is a viable option. You have the tight end [David] Njoku, [running back] Carlos Hyde, [receiver] Corey Coleman and myself. Tyrod, whether he’s throwing the ball or running, I think it’s almost like a pick-your-poison type of offense.”
Landry’s relationship and chemistry with Taylor, who went 22-21, including 0-1 in the playoffs, as the starting quarterback of the Buffalo Bills the past three seasons, will be crucial to their success in 2018. They met when Landry was still in college and have kept in contact through the years. Landry caught a pass from Taylor in the Pro Bowl in 2016. Landry explained when he learned he had been traded to the Browns, he didn’t immediately know they were also dealing for Taylor.
“That was really just more icing on the cake for me,” he said.
Coach Hue Jackson said the confidence of Landry and Taylor rejuvenates him.
“It gives me back my swag,” Jackson said with a laugh. “His nickname is Juice, Juice Landry. He does have juice. He’s a tremendous football player. Obviously, his stats speak for themselves. He’s a proven football player in the building who has a lot of intensity and a lot of pride about what he does. You look at Tyrod and the way he carries himself, you can tell he is very proud of his accomplishments. I know everybody is talking about the past and what has gone on here. I don’t think that is what fazes him.”
Speaking of the past, keep in mind the Dolphins wanted to trade Landry. Last season, he had an on-field shouting match with coach Adam Gase and was ejected from the finale for instigating a fight with the Bills. Landry wouldn’t concede he clashed with Gase, but the Dolphins obviously thought a change of scenery made sense.
“A different direction, it’s what they wanted to have with the team,” Landry said. “I was blessed and fortunate enough to have the opportunity to come play for the Cleveland Browns, and I’m excited about that.”
If Landry has it his way, his enthusiasm about the Browns will soon be easier to comprehend.
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Jarvis Landry sends ‘Thank you’ tweet to Dolphins fans
Jarvis Landry, the former Miami Dolphins wide receiver who was officially traded to Cleveland on Wednesday, penned a “Thank You” letter to Miami, Dolphins fans, his teammates and a few others, including former general manager Dennis Hickey, via Twitter on Wednesday night.
“MIAMI THANK YOU. THE FANS, My TEAMMATES.. FOR THE EXPERIENCE THESE PAST 4 YEARS. I CANT TELL YOU WHAT IT HAS MEANT TO ME AND MY FAMILY. FOREVER GRATEFUL TO MR. ROSS, MR. HICKEY, AND PHIL McGeoghan FOR BELIEVING IN ME. IM EXTREMELY EXCITED FOR THE NEXT CHAPTER OF MY CAREER,” the tweet said.
Landry, Miami’s 2014 second-round pick, led the NFL in receptions last year with 112. His 400 career receptions are the most for an NFL player through his first four seasons.
Landry, one of the Dolphins’ best offensive players during his time with the team, was known for being a passionate player who always played hard, which sometimes surfaced in hot-tempered outbursts. But he was always regarded as someone who considered himself blessed to be in the NFL, and that sentiment seemed to come through in the letter.
Landry thanked owner Steve Ross, Hickey, who was general manager when Landry was drafted, and wide receivers coach Phil McGeoghan, who tutored Landry in his first two NFL seasons (2014-15).