LaRon Landry, the shiny new hood ornament that Rex Ryan gets to pLug into his defense this year, took time during his first press conference to talk about his health, Tom Brady and the Patriots tight ends.
Landry explains 1-year contract with Jets
NEW YORK (AP)
LaRon Landry wants to prove he is healthy before he gets a lengthy
So the versatile safety signed a one-year contract with the New York Jets with the idea that a longer deal and bigger bucks could come down
''Coming off two seasons kind of playing half the season, I think I
owed that to myself and whichever organization I went with, giving me a
one-year deal to solidify this injury is healed and I can play a full
season,'' Landry said Tuesday.
''It is really more so like me challenging myself. I wanted the
one-year deal to prove to everybody and to show them that this injury
is healed and I am able to play to the best of my ability. When I am
healed, and I can perform the way I know I can perform, the sky is the
limit for me. Unstoppable.''
The former Redskins safety finished each of the past two seasons on
injured reserve and played in just 17 games. He damaged his left
Achilles tendon in 2010 and last season, he struggled with a strained
hamstring, a pulled groin and again with an Achilles problem.
Landry said he opted not to have surgery on the Achilles tendon
injuries last year because ''it wasn't really an Achilles issue'' but a
bone problem. He insisted the Jets' medical staff is well aware of the
injuries and the healing process.
Landry promised he will participate in offseason workouts and minicamp
''as much as possible.''
''I am working out and able to do exercises,'' he said. ''We have a
plan, the coaches and the medical staff have a plan and I will be ready
when it's time to be ready.''
He was attracted to the Jets in part because his brother, Dawan, played
for Jets coach Rex Ryan when both were with Baltimore. Ryan was the
Ravens' defensive coordinator before he was hired by New York.
''Talking to my brother ... it is a player-driven organization, so it
kind of was a no-brainer,'' Landry said. ''And the medical staff is
knowledgeable about my injury and what is going on with my body.''
Landry spent his first five NFL seasons with the Redskins after he was
picked No. 6 overall in the 2007 draft out of LSU. He played at both
free and strong safety and was a two-time Pro Bowl alternate. The
hard-hitting Landry could be used as a blitzing safety in Ryan's
aggressive defense and be a solid presence against the run.
He also will be counted on to cover New England's two outstanding tight
ends, All-Pro Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. The Jets, like many
teams, struggled against both of them last season.
Landry could have avoided such a challenge by joining the Patriots, but
he decided on the Jets instead.
''I can play strong or free,'' he said. ''My main thing is I like to be
in the mix. With this defense I can do both, be able to fly around and
play ball. You got to change it up, especially with Tom Brady, going up
twice against him. This defense allows you to play both and mix it up.''
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