Jarvis Landry has stood out as a leader for the Cleveland Browns since his arrival. It’s time for him to be recognized as a team captain.
Jarvis Landry has rejuvenated his profile since coming to the Cleveland Browns. Landry was considered selfish and a locker room cancer during his time with the Miami Dolphins, which led to his “punishment” of being traded to the Browns.
Fortunately, this reset was exactly what was needed for Landry to become the leader he is shaping up to be. From day one, he embraced the Browns with the excitement of getting the team back to the winning ways of old.
During his tenure with the brown and orange, Landry has been one of the most professional players on and off the field. He is always media-friendly, answering tough questions openly and honestly when other players may choose to give a safe answer or a no comment.
When dealing with the “come get me” drama last season, Landry quickly squashed the report and maintained his model citizenship through a very disappointing season. He then went on to win the Browns’ Walter Payton Man of the Year award. That award isn’t given to just anybody who does a few hours of community service.
Experience matters for the Cleveland Browns
Outside of being one of the most tenured NFL veterans on the team, Landry is someone who the younger players want to follow. Somewhat of a big brother in a sense.
He has taken the role of becoming rookie receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones’ mentor and the five-time Pro Bowler is excited about the young prospect’s future.
"“From being around him the last 2 months, I see already that he’s a hard-worker. I see that he’s eager to learn and those are some of the things I appreciate about him.” –Landry via press conference"
It’s clear that Landry wants to win with the Browns and put his stamp on the team’s success however he is able. He realizes there is a possibility of him missing a game or two after his surgery, but felt it was necessary to help the team in the long run. For a player who hasn’t missed a game in six seasons, that’s a huge psychological sacrifice.
Fans can only hope that Landry’s message resonates throughout the locker room and the Browns can live up to their full potential this season.