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Landry reports to minicamp
LaRon Landry reported to minicamp as the Jets expected, but their new safty didn’t participate.
Instead, Landry – who suffered a season-ending Achilles injury with the Redskins last year – was more of an observer, standing with safety Eric Smith and other teammates as the coaching staff ran defensive drills.
Landry didn’t participate in the Jets offseason program, including last week’s OTAs. But head coach Rex Ryan said that didn’t bother him.
“We never expected him to be able to participate right now,” the coach said of Landry.” “Is he as good, or worse, or wherever? I’m really not sure. I just know he’s not ready to go right now, but it’s not something we didn’t expect. He’s here, he’s in meetings today.”
That, of course, hasn’t stopped Landry’s new teammates from “giving him the business,” according to Ryan, due to his absence this offseason.
“He hasn’t been here, but you can’t hold that against him, he’s here now,” said cornerback Darrelle Revis. “So, the only thing to focus on is him being here now and move on to the season.”
Even though Landry hasn’t been able to participate, his presence alone has been good for the players.
“It’s good to have him here because we feel like now in the back end, we’re complete,” said newly acquired safety Yeremiah Bell. “Me, him and Smitty (safety Eric Smith), we all see that we’re going to fit into this defense somehow. …It just feels good because being in this defense now and seeing what it all involves, I think us guys being on the field together is nothing but a big help. So to get him here, to talk to him for the first time, it’s very relaxing.”
Despite Landry’s absence, Ryan credited the safety for sticking to his own offseason program.
“In my opinion, (he is) doing what he thinks is going to give him the best opportunity to be successful in the fall,” said the head coach. “So that I know his heart is in the right place and everything else. He wants to be healthy. He knows it’s a critical year for him, it’s a critical year for us, and we need him out there, but I’m excited to have him around for now.”
Landry declined to speak with the media today. The Jets PR staff said he is expected to talk Wednesday.