Jarvis Landry now has twice as much respect around the NFL as he did a year ago.
At least that’s according to NFL Network’s annual list of the league’s top 100 players.
Landry checks in at No. 42, a huge leap from No. 98 last season, which he took as a sign of disrespect.
Landry’s climb can be attributed to several factors, including the Dolphins’ success as a whole in making the playoffs last season and Landry’s consistency throughout his three-year career. Obviously, the rest of the league is paying closer attention to the fire Landry brings to the Dolphins, because his ranking came despite a minuscule drop in statistics last season.
Landry caught 94 passes for 1,136 yards in 2016, compared to 110 for 1,157 a year prior. Credit the emergence of fellow receiver Kenny Stills and a desire to feed running back Jay Ajayi as reasons the Dolphins benefit from spreading the ball around on offense.
Landry was taken aback by the No. 98 ranking so much, he kept a ’97’ taped in his locker last season.
“I fail to believe that 97 players are better than me,” he said last season.
He’s fiery enough that it wouldn’t be a shock if he posted a ’41’ in his locker for 2017.
Landry’s ascension in the survey of his peers puts him in the company of teammates Ndamukong Suh (No. 55), Cameron Wake (62) and Ajayi (69).
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