Landry (remember him ?) shows up
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- LaRon Landry, who skipped all the voluntary practices, showed up Tuesday for the Jets' three-day minicamp, but the safety didn't participate in practice because of an Achilles tendon injury from last season.Because it's a mandatory minicamp, Landry would've been subject to a fine if he didn't show. He didn't speak to reporters after practice. His teammates were "giving him the business a little bit," according to Rex Ryan.
Ryan seemed hesitant when asked about Landry's physical condition, possibly because the team simply doesn't have a lot of information. The former No. 1 pick of the Redskins, who signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract in free agency, has decided to rehab on his own.Ryan said they never expected Landry to be ready for minicamp, so in that sense, he isn't behind schedule. Beyond that, Ryan couldn't give many details. He said they hope Landry is ready for training camp in late July, but he couldn't say for sure.
Ryan supported Landry's decision to work out away from the facility, which could cost him a $100,000 workout bonus."To his credit, he's doing what he thinks will give him the best opportunity to be successful in the fall," Ryan said. "I know his heart is in the right place. I know he wants to be healthy. He knows it's a critical year for him, a critical year for us and we need him out there."
Because he skipped almost the entire offseason (he showed up for a couple of early workouts in April), Landry has missed a significant amount of classroom time. As a result, he's far behind, trying to learn a new defensive system. The Jets are counting on Landry to start with Yeremiah Bell, but it's also possible they will employ a three-safety rotation with Landry, Bell and Eric Smith."It's good to have him here," Bell said of Landry. "We feel now, on the back end, that we're complete. Me, him and Smitty, we all see we're going to fit into this defense somehow. We all want to be in the game at the same time, and I'm sure in some packages (we will be)."
Every player under contract reported to the minicamp.