CORTLAND -- LaRon Landry finally got a chance to show the Jets what he’s got in the tank. And when asked to give his assessment of the safety’s first practice Saturday, Rex Ryan had just one word.
Landry began the morning off near one of the end zones, stretching alongside injured players. But within minutes, Landry was taking part in practice for the first time with his teammates.
“The first thing you look at is obviously the physical stature of him,” Ryan said. “But you forget he can run a 4.3 (40). The make-up speed is phenomenal. …It’s clearly about his health. If he stays healthy, we know what we have. That’s a perennial Pro Bowl safety.”
Landry was eager to show-off his Pro Bowl form, not because he was competing with himself or his teammates. But simply because he knows no other way to be.
“Each and every snap, each and every day, I’m trying to send a message,” he said. “I’m really not competing with myself, I’m just trying to earn my teammates’ trust. That I’m with them throughout thick and thin and I’m going to give it 100 (percent). All I got.”
Landry reported to the Jets’ mandatory minicamp in June, but did not get on the field. Since then, he’s been rehabbing his Achilles and foot in preparation for training camp.
Asked about his health, the safety said: “I feel 100 (percent). I’m pushing it. Each day is going to be an elevated effort and progressing and I’m not going into the negative, so it’s positive.”
Landry said it was the coaching staff’s decision to be placed on the active PUP list earlier in the week and wasn’t worried about his health heading into camp.
“I knew my health was going to be there. I’m very excited,” he said. “…I don’t doubt myself.”
Landry was out for team drills and even made a diving play pass break up when he tipped away a ball intended for a receiver.
“It felt great,” he said of the play. “I’m kind of mad at myself. I wish I would have caught the interception. I should have caught the interception. I was one step too late. …And that’s just me being a tough critic of myself.”
The biggest adjustment continues to be mastering the terminology and the playbook, said the safety.
Now, getting physically ready for football?
That’s “the easy part,” said Landry.