DAVIE—Jarvis Landry thought he’d done enough.
It seemed like 98 catches, 844 yards and eight touchdown catches would be sufficient to earn him a spot on the initial AFC Pro Bowl roster, but the voters felt otherwise and left him out in favor of Antonio Brown, Keenan Allen, A.J. Green and DeAndre Hopkins. Landry was stunned by not making the team, but has no gripe against the guys who were picked.
“I respect all those guys’ game,” he said. “It is what it is. I didn’t get in.
“That’s always been a goal of mine to make the Pro Bowl each and every year. I’m sure any player in this league feels that way. That’s an accomplishment. It sucks, but it is what it is.”
He remains hopeful to be added as an alternate. Some players will withdraw from the game if they are injured (some use an injury to get out of it) or playing in the Super Bowl.
There’s a possible opening for him when it comes to Brown, one of his close friends. Brown suffered a partially torn calf in Pittsburgh’s loss to the Patriots and has already been ruled out of the Steelers’ upcoming game against Houston.
If Brown is still ailing, or if Pittsburgh (10-3) makes the Super Bowl, that could clear a spot for Landry. It also gives Landry an advantage in trying to win the receiving title for the year. Brown, who has 101 receptions, is the only player ahead of him.
“It’s always unfortunate, but in this league things happen,” Landry said after today’s practice. “He’s a great player and he does great things for his team. The biggest concern for me, immediately after our game, was just his personal health.
“I’m sure he takes pride in catching the most balls in the league. Hopefully next year it’ll be a tighter race. We’ll get a couple guys back. We’ll get Odell (Beckham) back in the race and a couple other guys. We’re all friends, we’re all brothers at the end of the day, and that’s what it’s about. It’s about competing, but also celebrating each other’s success.”
Landry would still have to hold off New Orleans’ Michael Thomas (94) and Larry Fitzgerald (92), among others.
Landry already has the Dolphins’ single-season catch record with 110 in 2015, and followed it with 94 last year. He has four of the top seven marks in franchise history and has the NFL record for most receptions by any player in the first four years of a career (386).
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