The Poster Boy: Could Jarvis Landry Be the Miami Dolphins’ Newest Marquee Player On & Off the Field?
Jarvis Landry spent his Tuesday morning at Nova High School in Davie Florida as a guest speaker. On the previous Sunday, Landry was the Miami Dolphins’ best player, scoring the game-winning touchdown on a punt return in the fourth quarter.
The ex-LSU Tiger, who has been with the Dolphins for a little over a year, has quickly become a fan favorite, and it is easy to see why. Landry’s work ethic is light-years ahead of most and you don’t need to see him practice to notice it.
“I’m not making predictions, but at the same time, I want to be great,” Landry said. “I think I’m here for that reason.”
When the Dolphins first drafted Landry in the second round of the 2013 draft, I didn’t think much of it.
“Oh, cool,” I thought to myself. “Another wide receiver, looks like a slot receiver.” Little did I know, Landry was going to become much more than just your run-of-the-mill a slot receiver.
The first clue to Landry’s drive should have been his throwing sessions with Tannehill immediately after he was drafted. The two got in touch and managed to set up times to meet and work on their chemistry. No PR stunts, no coaching demands. just two players who wanted to sharpen their crafts. That is the type of impact everyone loves seeing from Jarvis Landry.
“I come from a winning culture, a winning culture where I may have lost five or six games in a lifetime,” said Landry. “To me, even the mind-set of being a .500 team is not good enough. I know the history of this organization. But at the same time, we all have to have the mentality that we’re going win the game before it’s even played. Continue to do that, play harder and within ourselves, I think we can be a team to be reckoned with.”
As we have watched for a little more than a year now, Landry has never let his size or (lack of) speed slow him down. I have been watching the Dolphins for a little over a decade now and I have never seen a player with an impact like Landry, especially off the field. His effort and heart are felt across the entire organization.
Before his first regular season, O.J, McDuffie handed down the “Juice” nickname to Landry. I was pretty confused by this. McDuffie was a great receiver, why would he hand down his nickname to someone who hasn’t even proved himself?
“His toughness, his awareness on the field, I mean I love his route running and his hands,” said McDuffie. “You’ve got a guy that’s going to be a quality guy that’s going to do a lot of things on the inside which is one of the more important positions.”
I thought this was just a Dolphins’ media scam. A way for the team to over-hype a receiver to give everyone hope for the season. This remained true, until I finally watched Jarvis Landry play football.
Jarvis has been able to add a passion to the Dolphins that fires the entire team up. He is the last guy to stop playing… every single down. He extends every single snap through the whistle, whether it’s the opening drive or the fourth quarter. The motor we see from Jarvis Landry is incredible. After seeing the lack-of effort shown by receivers like Mike Wallace, Landry’s infinite drive is a breath of fresh air.
Landry shows a passion that has been missing in Miami for a long time. But this isn’t just another Rudy story, Landry has a chance to go down as one of the all-time best Miami Dolphins receivers. If he continues on the path he is currently following, it isn’t hard to believe that he could retire having made a special impact both on the field and in the hearts of Miami Dolphins’ fans forever.