Jarvis Landry was often ranked higher than fellow LSU WR Odell Beckham Jr. during the pre-draft process. As training camp rolls along and Landry is getting on-field time while Beckham has stayed on the sidelines, it appears the Miami Dolphins made the right move, at-least for the time being. Is a Rookie of the Year award in the near future for the former Tiger?
His first pre-season game against the Atlanta Falcons provided a very strong first impression, as he did everything he was expected of and more. He only hauled in one pass, but his lengthy punt return that was called back gave fans a quick look at how versatile he is, and will be in years to come.
The Dolphins do appear to have plans in the return game for Landry, but he’ll make his living lined up outside on offense.
Twitter has been buzzing with Landry talk recently, here are a few notes from camp:
As usual, #Dolphins rookie WR Jarvis Landry makes an impressive sideline catch. Good hands and body control.
— James Walker (@JamesWalkerNFL) August 12, 2014
Jarvis Landry of course just made the catch of the day #Dolphins
— Antwan V. Staley (@blackredsoxfan) August 12, 2014
Saw the Jarvis Landry punt return hilight. I bet there are a lot of NFL teams kicking themselves at the end of the year for not drafting him
— Luke Johnson (@LukeJohnsonAdv) August 9, 2014
According to several reports, Landry has been taking reps with the first-teamers in practice.
While it’s early, it’s becoming clear that Landry will not only have a huge role in the Dolphins offense, but will have a chance to steal the show and become a candidate for Rookie of the Year.
Looking around, he’ll likely have to battle guys like Jadeveon Clowney and Eric Ebron. The 2014 class was one filled with future superstars, and Landry is no exception. If Ryan Tannehill gets comfort with his new rookie playmaker, you could be seeing Landry at the top of the rookie rankings when the season closes.