Landry Already Planning For The 2016 Season

Posted Feb 8, 2016

The Dolphins Pro Bowl wide receiver is serious about trying to do everything in his power to enjoy a better 2016 season from a team perspective.

From an individual standpoint, Jarvis Landry hardly could have asked for more from the 2015 season.

He shared team MVP honors with Reshad Jones, set a franchise record for receptions in a season with 110, played in the Pro Bowl, and became the first player in team history with a reception, run, punt return, kickoff return and two-point conversion in the same season.

But as he talked from California before Super Bowl 50, Landry already was thinking about how he can do better in 2016.

“I’ve always been the type of person that if I reach my goal, it was too low,” Landry told the Finsiders. “I have to try to find ways to just continue to challenge myself, continue to look myself in the mirror, continue to go out there and train this offseason to prepare me for this season coming because that’s the difference between a good and great player, their preparation. I’m excited about it. I can’t wait. I’ll try to raise that goal level a little bit and see what happens.”

Actually, Landry had something in mind for the next step as the list of everything he did in 2015 was being read to him.

“I want to kick next,” he chimed. “Kick a field goal.”

With Landry, who’s to say whether he was totally kidding or he was being serious.

What’s certain is that he’s serious about trying to do everything in his power to enjoy a better 2016 season from a team perspective and he’s ready to embrace a leadership role to make it happen.

“I’ve been speaking about it all day,” Landry said. “When you look at great teams, it’s the players that control the team. It’s not the coaches. No matter who they bring in to coach us, it’s the players. It’s the guys in the locker room, the guys that keep the things in house and the leaders for us need to step up, myself included, Ryan Tannehill, Cameron Wake, Olivier Vernon, Ndamukong Suh. Step up and really put this team on our back and find a way to bring us together, so when we take that field on Sunday there’s no doubt in our mind that we’re going out there to win.”

In regards to new Head Coach Adam Gase, Landry said a week before the Pro Bowl he had heard nothing but good things about him and that hasn’t changed in the two weeks since.

“I’ve heard about the innovative mind, how great he is with quarterbacks,” Landry said. “He’s young, he’s energetic. For me, I’m excited. I’ve had three coaches in two years. For me, I’m excited to see where this transition leads and can’t wait to be a part of it.”

Without question, Landry is one of the building blocks for this Dolphins franchise.

In addition to some impressive work as a returner, Landry has caught 194 passes in his two seasons in the NFL, the most ever for a player in his first two seasons.

“That kid is unbelievable,” Dan Marino told the Finsiders from Super Bowl 50. “He’s a real football player. You can tell he loves the game of football. It was great to see he was in the Pro Bowl. Now he’s out here getting the experience of coming out to the Super Bowl this week. What can I say? He’s the kind of guy that you want to build around.”

Landry capped his rookie season by scoring the last touchdown in the Pro Bowl, doing a nifty toe drag to stay in bounds in the end zone and complete a 31-yard pass play with quarterback Tyrod Taylor of the Buffalo Bills.

Landry finished the game with three catches for 81 yards, including a 40-yard reception in the first half.

But the game itself took a back seat to the overall experience for Landry.

“First of all, it was amazing, just to be there, be a part of the fans,” he said. “We actually did the draft at a military base and that was amazing. They brought their families out, have the opportunity to share that moment with those guys and also the game. You can’t say enough about the game. Perfect scene, perfect weather and just chopping it up with the guys and having fun out there and playing.”

Of course, what made the experience even better for Landry is that he was joined at the Pro Bowl by teammates Branden Albert, Brent Grimes and Jones, and then he was reunited with former LSU teammate and close friend Odell Beckham Jr. when he was drafted to play for Team Rice.

“Man, (that was) second to none,” Landry said. “I’ll speak about my teammates first. No guys better deserving, especially Reshad Jones. Just the way that he played this year, if nobody ever made it to the Pro Bowl, myself included, Reshad Jones definitely was worthy enough of putting on that Pro Bowl jersey. Brent Grimes and BA, those guys, they’re the guy. They go out there, they make the plays for us always. And reuniting with Odell, man, there ain’t nothing like it.”

Landry admitted to getting a little star-struck when he first got to Honolulu.

“You kind of get nervous,” Landry said. “Do I say something to this guy or not? I watch him all the time. But I think for me, the biggest talk, the biggest relationship I took from it was having the opportunity to speak with Charles Woodson and it being his last Pro Bowl, his last season in the NFL. He actually played on Team Rice with myself and having the opportunity to just watch somebody that has literally changed the game for safeties and been doing it since I was in elementary school, it’s amazing. That was kind of one of my most nervous conversations, just talking to him.”

In the end, it was a great week for Landry, wrapping up what for him was a great season.

But he’s going to do everything in his power it was just the beginning.

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