Pro Bowl snub not a favorite topic for Miami Dolphins’ Jarvis Landry

Jarvis Landry's 66-yard touchdown ended the game Saturday. (Getty Images)

Jarvis Landry’s 66-yard touchdown ended the game Saturday. (Getty Images)

Jarvis Landry didn’t want to talk about it, which probably says as much about how he feels about his Pro Bowl snub as any words he may have uttered.

During his weekly media availability Wednesday, the first question was his reaction to being passed over for the Pro Bowl after making it last year. His answer?

“You know, we’ve got a chance to make it to the playoffs this year and I’m focused on one game at a time,” said Landry, a first alternate to the Pro Bowl. “And that’s all really that matters.”

Keep in mind, however, that Landry keeps a photo with a “97” superimposed in his locker, a daily reminder of how many players ranked ahead of him on the NFL’s Top 100 player list. So respect from his peers does — to borrow his words — really matter.

Landry has 82 receptions for 1,031 yards and three touchdowns this season and sees his performance on the rise. Asked if he believes this season is as good as his previous two in the NFL, he said, “So far, I guess so, but you know, the best is yet to come.”

For a slot receiver perceived to have limited speed entering the draft, Landry takes pride in having receptions of 71 and 66 yards of late.

“It was good to finally get in some space and have an opportunity to show my speed and make a play for this team,” he said. “Hopefully we get a couple more.”

Dolphins speedster Kenny Stills gave Landry grief about not scoring on the 71-yarder but didn’t have anything to criticize after Landry outran the Jets defense on the 66-yard TD.

“I think I kind of laid to rest all those slow jokes, things like that,” Landry said. “Hopefully that’s dead now and people will respect that I’ve got a little speed.”

Landry said he “definitely” has improved his 40 time since arriving but isn’t sure by how much. If he didn’t dislike such measurements, he might someday find out.

“I wish I knew,” he said. “All that matters is you don’t get caught, no matter how fast you are.”

The AFC Pro Bowl receivers are Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown, who trains with Landry in the off-season and has 1,188 yards and 11 touchdowns; Oakland’s Amari Cooper (1,038 yards, four TDs), Cincinnati’s A.J. Green (964 yards, four touchdowns) and Indianapolis’ T.Y. Hilton (1,248 yards to lead AFC, six TDs).

Even at 9-5, the Dolphins placed only two players on the initial Pro Bowl roster, defensive linemen Cameron Wake and Ndamukong Suh. Many fans took to social media to express dismay over what they perceive to be a lack of respect for Miami around the NFL. Landry was asked if the Dolphins have achieved respect.

“Uh, no,” he said. “But I’ll say again, being around this group of guys and in this locker room, just in this building, period, there’s a lot of blue-collar workers who at the end of the day are going to let the results and the record and the score and all that take care of itself.”

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