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Landry's Intensity And Competitiveness Excites Gase

Posted Mar 25, 2016

Jarvis Landry’s 2015 season included earning his first trip to the Pro Bowl as well as setting a franchise record with 110 receptions, which was twice as many as any other player on the Dolphins.

Adam Gase hasn’t had the opportunity to get his players on the field since taking over as Dolphins head coach Jan. 9. Shoot, he’s not even allowed to talk football with them.

But what Gase has been able to do is observe who has been at the Dolphins facility in recent weeks and also watch film of Miami games, something he plans on continuing to do.

During the AFC coaches breakfast at the annual league meetings, Gase was asked if there was any player who had stood out to him while watching those Dolphins tapes and he offered up one of the players who shared team MVP honors in 2015: Jarvis Landry.

“I’m real excited to get around Jarvis, just the way that he plays and seeing what he does on film,” Gase said. “I mean, he’s around a lot and I see him in the weight room a lot. There’s an intensity there that I’m really excited to kind of be around this guy because he’s such a competitor.

“It’s interesting to me, he’s one of those guys that I think a lot of people didn’t see this coming and he felt like, I’m going to prove a lot of people wrong. I like being around guys like that that have a chip on their shoulder. And you can tell, he still feels like there’s a respect factor that he doesn’t get that he’s looking for and he plays like that.”

Landry’s 2015 season included earning his first trip to the Pro Bowl as well as setting a franchise record with 110 receptions, which was twice as many as any other player on the Dolphins.

Gase was asked where Landry’s game can still use some development.

“He’s done everything really well up to this point,” Gase said. “That’s going to have to be something when I see him in practice, it’ll be, OK, maybe we can help him with this and we can get better at this. But as of right now, that’s hard for me to put my finger on that.”

Landry has 194 catches in his first two seasons with the Dolphins, a new NFL record for a player’s first two years. On top of that, he has served as the Dolphins’ main punt and kickoff returner those two seasons.

Gase said there was a possibility that still could be the case in 2016.

"I’m for whoever our best guy is; that’s who I want to do it,” Gase said about his plans for a returner. “Would I like to get him to where he’s not doing that anymore? Sure. But right now he’s our best guy back there and until we find somebody else who can change that as to where we do it where we feel good about it and (special teams coordinator Darren Rizzi) Rizz feels really good about it, he’ll be back there until we find somebody else."

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