CORTLAND – At the start of Tuesday's practice, LaRon Landry was in a long-sleeved T-shirt and shorts. But by the end, the Jets safety was sporting a uniform and helmet, hopping near the sidelines, as part of his agility drills.
It’s all a part of the “practice on, practice off” protocol that the training staff has in place for the 27-year-old Landry. He said yesterday that he feels good, and is simply following the lead of a cautious coaching staff determined to keep him on the field when it matters most.
“They don’t want me looking like a one-legged dog in an a---kicking contest,” Landry said with a laugh. “So they’re just trying to protect me. When I’m out there, I’m going to give it my all. No matter if it’s bothering me or not.”
The veteran safety, who spent the offseason rehabbing Achilles and heel injuries, watched tempers erupt again in practice Tuesday from the safety of the sidelines. And Landry, who is entering his sixth year in the NFL, said he wasn’t taken aback by the brawls over the past two days, or Rex Ryan’s surprising response.
“It’s all about coming together as a team, as a unit, and the camaraderie. We need to be a family. So it was well needed,” Landry said of the practice wind sprints.
The former Redskin said the incidents over the past two days haven’t changed his perception of his new club.
“That happens within a family,” he said of the fighting. “Me and my brother had fights coming up – we still do. That’s going to happen. It’s all about being competitive about your craft and passionate about your game.
“If two guys are giving their all and they come into an altercation, and you got to fight about it, and then the punishment is a run – it’s just like punishment when you get a whooping growing up,” he added with a laugh. “That’s all it is.”