DAVIE—The best play the Dolphins had in Sunday’s loss to the Raiders was Damien Williams’ touchdown catch in the second quarter, and one of the best parts of it was Jarvis Landry willingly getting obliterated while blocking linebacker Cory James.
That helped keep Williams free after he spun off two tacklers and dove into the end zone. Here’s a conversation with Landry about what was going through his mind as he sat there waiting for James to level him:
If I’m seeing that play right, you ran the cornerback out of the play, then came back for a block, but you fell.
“I was running a route, then when I turned around I saw that he had caught the ball and I was gonna go try to get a block for him and I slipped. I was just in a position where all I thought was, ‘Stay in the way.’”
So you had a half-second to consider what might become of your life. Being on your knees in that spot can’t be comfortable.
“Yeah, that’s not a football position at all.”
So you’re just like, ‘OK, I guess I get killed here.’
“Yeah pretty much.”
Am I crazy or were you trying to help throw Williams into the end zone at the end of the play?
“Yeah, I was trying to push him in there. It was two things: I was trying to push him in there and I was trying not to let him fall on top of me.”
And he didn’t step on you. Did you thank him for that?
“Yeah. I think a lot of it, too, is people are giving me a lot of credit, but he broke two tackles. He got hit pretty hard right there, you know? Then he spun around and still got his balance back to get in there. He did a hell of a job.”
No, don’t worry. We’re giving him much more credit. But it was still a good block.
“I just did what I’d do for anybody, any of my teammates.”
Were you worried he’d step on you?
“Yeah, and I worried a pile was gonna fall on me. I think I got a little piece of his right leg, but I don’t think it did much. I just didn’t want him to fall on me.”
What’d Williams say about it?
“He was just laughing about it, joking about it.”
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