Jets’ Landry ‘ahead of the game’ in rehab

LaRon Landry.

New Jet LaRon Landry said his speedy recovery from a foot injury suffered last year “is shocking myself,” but the former first-round pick isn’t yet ready to commit to being healthy for the start of training camp.

Much like the first day of minicamp, Landry participated in light jogging and stretching with the team yesterday, but didn’t participate in team drills. Landry spent much of the last month in Arizona, recovering from what was originally called an Achilles injury.

“Basically I came for the first couple of weeks of offseason training and then after that, went back to Arizona to have procedures done,” Landry said. “That was my choice and decision to go back so that they could finish — complete whatever I had to do rehab wise, strength and conditioning. I felt real comfortable going back and I had no doubt that I would come back and not be ahead of the game.”
Landry, a hard-hitting safety, was the prize free agent signing of head coach Rex Ryan, but he has been plagued with injuries throughout his career.

Rather than have surgery, Landry instead went the route of alternative treatments, including stem cell treatment and platelet rich plasma therapy. The injection of platelets into an injured area promotes healing and growth of the area.

“I did one treatment, was supposed to do three. Didn’t have to do the other two,” Landry said. “That’s a blessing; I’m ahead of the game.”

Landry signed a one-year contract with the Jets in mid-March and the time during OTAs would have been beneficial for him to learn the playbook and understand the defense better. He said that upon returning to the team this week his teammates teased him in the meetings with the defense, asking “Who is the new guy?”

Landry admits that the biggest negative from missing OTAs is now being behind in understanding the defense.

“Just being in the playbook as a whole, I’ve got to get caught up with that,” Landry said. “I had my playbook; it’s not like I wasn’t into it. Basically just getting out there, communicating with the guys, getting on the same page.”

Landry’s absence from the team is no indication of a lack of excitement to be with the Jets. His brother, Dawan, spent five years with Ryan in Baltimore before signing with Jacksonville last year.

“When I was going on my visits, [he said] ‘As soon as you go to the Jets just sign. No need to look anywhere else, you’re going to love it.’ The way this organization does things as a whole is the right way,” Landry said.

Follow Jets beat writer Kristian Dyer on Twitter @KristianRDyer for live updates from Florham Park as the Jets complete their minicamp Thursday.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

California passes 'yes-means-yes' campus sexual assault bill

Californian lawmakers passed a law on Thursday requiring universities to adopt "affirmative consent" language in their definitions of consensual sex, part of a nationwide drive to curb sexual assault on…

National

Syrian refugees top 3 million, half of all…

By Stephanie NebehayGENEVA (Reuters) - Three million Syrian refugees will have registered in neighboring countries as of Friday, but many remain trapped by the advance…

International

North Korean leader's money manager defects in Russia:…

A senior North Korean banking official who managed money for leader Kim Jong Un has defected in Russia and was seeking asylum in a third country, a South Korean newspaper…

Local

MAP: New York City Street Closures August 29,…

The Department of Transportation and NYPD said there may be residual delays near all of the street closures on August 29, 31 and 31. Several streets and avenues will be…

Going Out

'Friends' coffeehouse Central Perk coming to NYC —…

"Friends" is coming back for a one-off special: "The One with the Free Coffee." Warner Bros. is bringing a pop-up replica of Central Perk, the…

Movies

Interview: 'As Above, So Below' directors: 5 ways…

The fraternal directors of the found footage horror "As Above, So Below" dish on the best ways to frighten the bejesus out of audiences.

Movies

Criterion's new Jacques Demy box mixes the light…

Jacques Demy, the most effervescent of French New Wave filmmakers, gets a Criterion box all to himself, with classics like "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg."

Entertainment

Comedian Joan Rivers, 81, rushed to New York…

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Acerbic comedian and fashion critic Joan Rivers was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York on Thursday after she reportedly…

NFL

3 things we learned in the Giants preseason…

The final score didn’t matter — a 16-13 win by the Giants — but it would’ve been nice to finally see Big Blue’s new-look offense get on track.

NFL

NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots, 49ers start…

NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots start at top

U.S. Soccer

5 facts about new England captain Wayne Rooney

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney was named as the new England captain by coach Roy Hodgson on Thursday.

NFL

Jets vs. Eagles: 3 things to watch

A win on Thursday night at the Eagles would give the Jets a 3-1 record and just their second winning preseason under head coach Rex Ryan.

Style

Trend: White hot on the 2014 Emmy's red…

White was one of the big trends on the Emmy's red carpet.

Food

Recipe: Samuel Adams beer-marinated grilled shrimp

Summer calls for two things: a cold beer and light food. Sam Adams' Latitude 48 IPA fairly bursts with citrus notes, making it an ideal marinade…

Wellbeing

4 healthy ingredient swaps to make your meals…

When it comes to eating well, everyone knows they could be doing better. But cooking in an apartment on a busy schedule is a recipe…

Wellbeing

Heart trumps brain when it comes to movies…

When you need a good cry, do you reach for the movie that’s “based on a true story”? Science says you’re giving your brain far…