Cleveland Browns: Jarvis Landry continues to set the leadership example

Cleveland Browns WR Jarvis Landry is such a fierce competitor

It’s been apparent ever since he was acquired via trade from the Miami Dolphins before the 2018 season that Jarvis Landry is going to set the tone. In his days with the Cleveland Browns to this point, Landry has been a consistent contributor.

In 38 games thus far with the Browns, Landry’s had 188 receptions for 2,469 yards, and has had 10 receiving touchdowns. He’s come up with his share of production, clearly, and Landry’s a rock-solid chain-moving option.

We know what Landry provides for quarterback Baker Mayfield often, and that’s comforting as a fan of the Orange and Brown.

Along with his production, Landry has proven to be a vocal leader and one by example, too. And him fighting through a rib injury that he sustained in Week 5 versus the Indianapolis Colts, as he alluded to in virtual media availability, per the Browns, further proves that he’s setting that example.

Here was more on those comments, as transcribed by NFL.com’s Nick Shook.

“It hurts,” Landry said Thursday. “But depending on the play, whatever, at times it’s bearable. We’ve done a good job making sure I’m getting a little protection here throughout the week, making sure that I cover it up and do whatever I need to do to play on Sundays.”

As DPD’s Randy Gurzi also hit on, Landry worked tirelessly to get back to play at the beginning of this season after recovering from offseason hip surgery, and in his career to this point, Landry is yet to miss a game. Factoring in that, and his overall toughness, one should expect Landry to be available this Week 7 game at the Cincinnati Bengals, too.

Landry continues to set the leadership example for the Browns

Obviously, it’s not ideal for Landry to have sustained that rib injury, of which Baker Mayfield is also reportedly dealing with at this point. But as the aforementioned Gurzi expressed, the Browns are pretty thin after Odell Beckham Jr. and Landry at wideout.

Granted, when given opportunities, Rashard Higgins has proven to have a nice rapport with Mayfield, but he’s had just five catches to this point this season (albeit two for scores). So, we’d have to see there if he can fill in in a bigger role at No. 2 if needed.

Nonetheless, every squad in the league deals with notable injuries, and the Cleveland Browns know that all too well.

Potential difference-making rookie safety Grant Delpit went down for the year before the season. Players such as Greedy Williams, Mack Wilson, rookie Jacob Phillips, Karl Joseph, Wyatt Teller, and others have missed time, with Williams yet to play in 2020.

In any case, it’s no secret that the Browns need Landry able to go every week to maximize their chances to get W’s, and he’s a player that Mayfield often looks to on critical plays throughout contests. He’s delivered, too.

Moreover, while it’s again not ideal that Landry sustained this rib injury against the Colts, and he’s seemingly fighting through this latest ailment, he’s continued to set the leadership example for Cleveland. This Browns tweet was on-point about Landry, too; he is, indeed, a “warrior.”

The guy is yet to miss a game in his career. And him doing whatever he can to ensure he’s available on Sunday’s just highlights how his prior speech on HBO’s Hard Knocks before his first season with Cleveland will always hold true about practicing while hurt, as Gurzi emphasized.

He’s such a fierce competitor and one should expect Landry to make an impact this week in Cincinnati, and he might very well be more adjusted this week to the situation at hand to help Cleveland get a W.

It’s by whatever means necessary for Landry when it comes to W’s, and even fighting through this, one would assume that the Browns want him out there for his presence, at least for a significant chunk.