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Landry’s on Hand, ‘Shocked’ by Rehab Progress

Posted by Randy Lange on June 13, 2012 – 4:04 pm

“Dirty 30″ is on the scene at the Jets minicamp this week, only adding to the enthusiasm that the defense has been displaying.

“Yeah, they give me a hard time for not being here,” safety LaRon Landry said in front of his locker after today’s open practice at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. “You know, ‘Who’s the new guy? Who’s this guy?’ It’s all fun and games, but when it comes down to it, all the guys welcomed me with opened arms.

“I play with passion, just like the other guys, so I’m looking forward to being an addition. They already got it. I’m just trying to add to it.”

Now before we go too far, we should say that Landry, who wears No. 30 and has been called, lovingly by the Redskins, not so much by opponents, “Dirty 30,” is not practicing with the Jets yet. His heel rehab, which he underwent away from the facility for weeks, continues.

But on the other hand, the prognosis is definitely upbeat for Landry laying some beats on friends and foes this summer at training camp.

“LaRon is way ahead of where our trainers thought he’d be,” head coach Rex Ryan said this morning. “He thought it was best he work out with people who are very familiar with him, and you kind of worry about that a little bit. But it’s a real positive that he’s come back and he’s obviously done a lot of work there. You saw him running in the back of the end zone. We’ve just got to be smart the next couple of days that he doesn’t overdo things. He’s on the right track and we feel good about it.”

“I’m progressing and things are looking real well — I was kind of shocked myself,” Landry said. “I can’t wait to get back out there and be with the team.”

When the Jets signed Landry as an unrestricted free agent in March, both sides knew it might take a few months for him to get back into form. He assured reporters today that his Achilles is not the issue anymore. It’s just the heel bone that’s connected to the tendon.

“It’s more of a bone issue. The Achilles is totally healed,” he said, describing his rehab regimen of one treatment with AmnioMatrix, which is described as a “cryopreserved liquid wound covering derived from amniotic tissue and cells,” as well as “a couple of PRPs,” platelet-rich plasma transfusion that has been used not only by Landry but by Tiger Woods and other athletes to accelerate the natural healing process.

The upshot is that while he’s still not committing to a definite schedule to return to full team activity, he’s said as far as running, cutting, backpedaling and other safety stuff, “I’m doing it all. Now I’m just trying to perfect it. … Every day is a steppingstone and it’s getting better and better.”

As for the mental part of joining the Jets defense, Landry said, “I’ve had my playbook. It wasn’t like I wasn’t into it. It’s just basically getting back out there and communicating with the guys, making sure we’re on the same page. That’s the biggest key, communication, in the secondary.”

Now can Landry mesh with holdover Eric Smith and fellow recent arrival Yeremiah Bell quickly enough to combat the Gronkowski-Hernandez menace and other TE depth charts? Some observers have concerns, but Ryan feels that when they’re all healthy and humming along, they can get the job done.

“I think these guys can do a lot more than just go in there and blast you on the running game,”: Ryan said of his two experienced newcomers. “Landry, when he’s healthy, is a 4.3-something-in-the-40 type of guy. He’s got tons of God-given ability. Yeremiah gets it done — he’s as fast as he needs to be. [The Dolphins] for their situation, they felt better putting him down in the box, and that’s hard to argue with. You see the impact plays he makes. For us, we were looking for all-around safeties, and we have three right now that we feel really good about.”

And if Landry needs to bring someone up with him from back home to help with his rehab and transition and keep him company, well, he’s got the ready companion in Gucci, his pet Capuchin monkey who has been a minor social-media animal celebrity.

“These guys asked me to bring Gucci up. Yeah, I’ll definitely bring him up,” Landry said. “He’s pretty cool.”

Rex Cetera

Ryan detailed his injured and tweaked players again this morning. Not practicing besides Landry: DT Marcus Dixon, TE Brian Linthicum, WR Patrick Turner, WR Jordan White. Limited: TE Jeff Cumberland, WR DaMarcus Ganaway, WR Stephen Hill, WR Santonio Holmes, G Brandon Moore, G Matt Slauson, LB Bryan Thomas.

Rex on if Tim Tebow will get any reps ahead of Sanchez at QB in, let’s say, training camp: “We’ll see. I would think there may be a time when he does that. Right now he’ll be with the twos.” … And Rex on any Darrelle Revis contract “situation”: “Everybody knows how I feel about Darrelle. Any contract talk, that’s going to be Mike Tannenbaum’s deal. … I’m focused on coaching this football team, and that’s what I’ll do.”

With the weather cooperating this morning, today’s practice was opened to fans and 750 were in attendance, ringing the Jets’ grass field. Thursday’s practice is also open and (cross our fingers) the weather appears to be cooperating again. Gates at the Atlantic Health facility open at 10 a.m., Jets Fest and Jets Shop also open at 10, and practice begins at 11 a.m. Admission and parking are free but parking is limited and it’s standing room only at the practice.


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22 Responses to “Landry’s on Hand, ‘Shocked’ by Rehab Progress”

  1. By Frank on Jun 13, 2012 | Reply

    I wanted to post and urge TanWoody to claim Jake Ballard who we would have been a great addtion to the team instead the Pats claim him. TanWoody asleep at the wheel again. Like what I see with Bell whom I noted early in FA as a guy we had to sign. We did not need Landry who is not going to give us much this season and with both in the backfield will have little Bill an Brady licking their chops.

  2. By IRA on Jun 13, 2012 | Reply

    Well i always thought T. Jones had the biggest biceps until i saw Landry’s today. Man he has a pair of arms boy oh boy. Now if he can only stay healthy. I was surprised to see Bell look quicker than i thought he was. I really have to wait until the summer camp to see how he looks.
    I will say this was a very intense practice today for a minicamp session. Clearly Sparano has sparked a fire under them along with Rex on the other side of the ball. Players were really flying all over the field especially after a turnover when the entire team went after the player with the ball. Thats right the entire team even the ones on the sidlelines.
    Schilens is a big dude and if he can stay healthy along with Hill well there will be no need for Edwards.

  3. By paul n. on Jun 13, 2012 | Reply

    That injury list is long, but nothing to be too excited about at this point. My only question is : Who the heck are the quarterbacks throwing too? That’s 5 WR’s on the not practicing list!

  4. By IRA on Jun 13, 2012 | Reply

    Frank,
    Not concerned or do they need Ballard. Cumberland looked just fine in the drills he was able to do today and he even caught a TD pass if he ran the entire way in 7-7′s against Scott.

  5. By since shea on Jun 13, 2012 | Reply

    I do hope Landry can get and stay healthy. I do not feel comfortable with Bell and Eric Smith in a backfield distracted by and maybe without Revis (sore hammy riding a sideline bike waiting to ink another 16 mill a year). I also hope Wood-T-Rex know what they are doing by asking for the Tebow circus to come to our town. He is not a running back!! Wildcat is not a successful secret weapon. It seems to be a great way to disrupt any momentum that Sanchez may have. Remember when Parcells took the ball away from Neil O’Donnell during a strong drive and allowed the running back to throw an option pass during a playoff? INT in the end zone!

  6. By oasus on Jun 13, 2012 | Reply

    Frank, we have 5 million TEs as it is.

  7. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jun 13, 2012 | Reply

    There’s no need for Edwards now, Ira, we don’t even know if he’s healthy and there’s no way he’s going to sit happily behind Hill and split reps with Kerley, so give it up already. A veteran Jet and NFL fan like you should know that football isn’t baseball and guys almost never come back for a second run on the same team, unless it’s really as a reserve and BE won’t see himself as that for 5 more yrs. And I also don’t care to read about Rex raving about guys who haven’t even taken the field yet like Landry.

  8. By scjoe on Jun 14, 2012 | Reply

    Think what you want about the two headed monster at the QB position, but for Rex not to give TT reps with the 1s in camp would be a big mistake. There are reasons aside from MS struggles the past three seasons (all in the same offensive system) there are question marks along the offensive line, and that is never good news for any QB. Consider it Rex. Be ready. This should be what every Jet fan wants, MS supporter or not.

  9. By Tom Spicer on Jun 14, 2012 | Reply

    I agree with Frank the Jets need a blocking TE. Why did we not sign Ballard? He is 285 to 300 lbs, can block & is a good pass catcher. Sparano likes to TE sets we could have had Ballard & Keller on the field at the same time. MR.T dropping the ball again.

  10. By THUNDER LIPS on Jun 14, 2012 | Reply

    I agree with Frank. Tanny asleep at the wheel letting the Pats claim him. they must really be high on this guy from downunder.

  11. By GaryC on Jun 14, 2012 | Reply

    jake ballard, yeah, a real star,who cares if pats signed him,he had a bad injury with giants,he will not make or break the jet season.

  12. By K. Beckett on Jun 14, 2012 | Reply

    The Pats are always thinking of the future, a luxury we can not yet afford(we are getting close). I feel the lines must be upgraded first but V. Shiancoe may be a good fit?

  13. By kw65fan on Jun 14, 2012 | Reply

    Frank and Tom S….you guys got to read the article. Yea giants put him on waivers thinking no one will pick him up…but Pats did. HE ISN’T EVEN GOING TO PLAY THIS YEAR….HE’S RECOVERING FROM MAJOR KNEE SURGERY….HE IS USELESS. What the heck would we want a non-existent player for a year….

  14. By kw65fan on Jun 14, 2012 | Reply

    Mr T DID NOT drop the ball on this one….many times before….but not on Ballard.

  15. By Jimmer on Jun 15, 2012 | Reply

    Hopefully 3 st’s can do the job.

  16. By joe on Jun 16, 2012 | Reply

    SPARANO REALLY SPARKED A FIRE LOL (THATS FUNNY ) Guys show me JUST ONE TIME IN NFL HISTORY where changing a CORDINATER enabled a team to go from 500 to winning a SB . What happened DOWN IN MIAMI (HIS COACHING COULDNT MAKE UP FOR NOT HAVING A ELITE QB BUT HERE IN NY its GOING TO BE DIFFERENT RIGHT,SURE )

  17. By joe on Jun 16, 2012 | Reply

    Mike Tomlin HC at PITTSBURGH has one of the best winning percentages IN NFL HISTORY .In ACCORDINANCE with some of the DREAMERS on this forum A LOGICAL ASSUMPTION WOULD BE TOMLIN KNOWS MORE FOOTBALL AND IS A BETTER COACH THAN OTHERS IN THE NFL WHOS RECORDS PALE IN COMPARASION .Tomlin will be the FIRST ONE TO SAY HE DOESNT KNOW ANYMORE OR LESS THAN ANY OTHER NFL COACH.The reason hes been so SUCCESSFUL ISNT HIM ITS KEVIN COLBERT WHO BRINGS IN ONE ALL PRO PLAYER AFTER ANOTHER.Guys are players are average UNTILL WE GET SOME BETTER ONES FORGET ABOUT IT

  18. By joe on Jun 16, 2012 | Reply

    lol LETS swap BEN ROTHESBURGER for SANCHEZ/TEBOW and we will see HOW MUCH MORE ONE SET OF COACHES KNOWS MORE THAN ANOTHER

  19. By scjoe on Jun 17, 2012 | Reply

    You are right on with that analogy Joe. I just want to add one thing. Players win and lose championships for the most part, not coaches. Of the hundreds of coaches throughout history only a hand full stand out as ones who actually make a difference. Lombardi, Parcells, Shula, Brown and Belichek being in a class by them selves and guys like Landry, Walsh, and Noll falling in to a second tier. After that???? It really don’t matter. I will take the team with the most talent, not who is coaching it.

  20. By GaryC on Jun 18, 2012 | Reply

    sorry scjoe, to put parcells ahead of walsh is crazy,the guy who brought the west coast offense to different dimensions,that all other teams tried to copy.

  21. By Row on Jun 19, 2012 | Reply

    Landry will roll heads. I look to see a lot more hits. Smith used to be a hitter, but has become much less physical as of late. I am eager to see the two draft safeties come into play. I remember their 40′s were ridiculously slow though.. Either way, this defense by the #’s is the best since Rex has been here.
    As for Braylon and the 10 or so free agent WR’s the Jets passed on, I have no idea what Mr. T is doing besides selling tickets. Someone needs to commit to the offense. With last years showing, someone needs to be accountable: Sanchez. He’s apologized for his efforts enough, I wanna see progress. Go Jets

  22. By joe on Jun 21, 2012 | Reply

    SC JOE your EXACTLY CORRECT My buddys that played LAUGH at the publics conception THAT ONE COACH KNOWS MORE FOOTBALL THAN ANOTHER AT THE NFL LEVEL .Joe its beyond absurd.Theres MANY COACHES that have won superbowls that have gone out as losers .They didnt forget how to coach their talent base went away .Look at Brian Billick IF A TEAM has a few bad drafts theres trouble

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