You could say receiver Jarvis Landry doesn’t appear to be missing Miami much.
While praising Browns quarterback Tyrod Taylor on Thursday, Landry took a swipe at his former QB with the Dolphins, Ryan Tannehill.
But wait: That report was posted on NFL.com, which contained only excerpts of what Landry said. The full interview, posted on cleveland.com, includes other comments in which Landry credited Tannehill and even went so far as to say he “loves” Jay Cutler.
What to make of it all? You decide.
“It makes me that much more excited,” Landry said of playing with Taylor, according to NFL.com. “It’s a lot better than what I had in Miami. I’m excited about that.”
Landry, Miami’s leading receiver last year, was traded to Cleveland for a fourth-round pick and a seventh-rounder in 2019.
The Browns agreed to give Landry the kind of money Miami would not: $75 million over five years. The trade went down because the Dolphins originally placed the franchise tag on Landry to assure they’d get something in return.
“Honestly, I didn’t have any plans to play on the franchise tag,” Landry told cleveland.com reporter Dan Labbe. “I think that was part of the reason for the trade as well.” He added, “Long-term security is why we play this game.”
Getting back to Tannehill …
“I think Tannehill’s skill level and the way that he was playing the year we went to the playoffs before his injury was at a high level and he could have took us to a championship or whatever or whatnot, but it didn’t happen,” Landry said. “Things happen in the NFL and we moved past it and the next season we had Jay Cutler and I love Jay. I love Jay. I really do.”
Landry said the Browns’ skill players got together following the trade, had another gathering in Miami and planned a third activity this summer.
“I love it,” Landry said. “Again, I didn’t do that in Miami with the quarterbacks because they didn’t want to do it. I would say that the chemistry and the type of guys that I’m around here makes me that much more excited because I know I’m going to be pushed at all levels at all times.”
Some of Landry’s comments appeared to point a finger at Tannehill, but a secondary headline on NFL.com specified he was talking about the quarterbacks he played with in Miami “in 17,” which obviously did not include Tannehill, who was out with a knee injury. In that regard, Landry appeared to be talking about Cutler and Matt Moore.
In an odd way, Landry might be agreeing with the Dolphins. Coach Adam Gase cleaned house this offseason and repeatedly has praised the culture in the locker room, saying the players he now has are the kind he has longed for.
Some maintain that the Dolphins did the right thing, not wanting to overpay a slot receiver. Landry’s response: “Every receiver’s a slot receiver, depending on the offense. If you go back, I think I caught 60 balls in the slot this past year, but guys like Julio Jones, he catches at least 30, 40 balls from the slot.”
Landry later indicated that part of the perception regarding his accomplishments could be traced to where he played.
“What I’ve done, I feel like it goes under-appreciated because we’ve been losing and Miami’s not a great market, so I think it does get under-appreciated, but every receiver’s a slot receiver.”
Thursday, Landry was sizing up his 2018 season and how much he liked working with Taylor, first-round pick Baker Mayfield and Browns play-caller Todd Haley.
“I think Todd is going to give me the opportunities I need to … not show off my talents, but the things that I can do,” Landry said. “I believe that I’m a complete receiver all-around.”
Of course, Landry had his share of opportunities in his first four NFL seasons with the Dolphins. He was targeted 570 times and caught 400 passes for 4,038 yards. That includes a league-high 112 catches last season for 987 yards.
But he averaged 8.8 yards per catch last year, which he indicated was a product of the Dolphins’ offense. He said he was “more of a blanket” in Miami.
“I played in a system in Miami where it was high volume,” Landry said. “I caught a lot of balls. I had less efficiency than a lot of other guys just because of the types of plays that we were running.”
Landry added, “The quarterback play is so important, which has got me that much more excited about Tyrod and (Mayfield) and the way that they’re throwing the ball out here, it makes me that much more excited.”
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