Jarvis Landry delivered perhaps the most vicious block of the season this past Sunday, laying out Bills safety Aaron Williams while blocking for Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi. Williams was knocked out of the game and taken to a hospital for further evaluation.
Landry was flagged for unnecessary roughness on the play but was not ejected. Over the next several days, however, many people questioned whether the hit was clean – and whether Landry is a dirty player.
“It’s been hectic,” the Dolphins wide receiver said on CBS Sports Radio’s The Doug Gottlieb Show. “I haven’t bought into it. I haven’t bought into listening or caring so much about what people have said. You look back at my high school, my college. I’ve always played with a physical mentality and that won’t ever change. Honestly, man, I think the coaching staff and players on my team understand the passion that I play with. They know that I don’t play this game with intent to hurt anybody or to be a cheap-shot player or a dirty player. I play this game as physical as I can play it within the means of the league. Again, I didn’t get fined for this matter, so obviously it was in the means of a football play.”
Landry, who finished the game with five catches for 78 yards, appeared to launch into Williams, whose eyes were focused solely on Ajayi.
“Honestly, man, I really don’t want to get into it too much,” Landry said. “My job on that particular play was to block the safety. Looking back at the play, maybe lower my target an inch or two. But at the same time, you see me kind of power up a little bit just understanding that safeties are taught to run through wide receivers if they try to block them. He unfortunately didn’t turn his head to be aware of where I was or where I was coming from and we made contact. Again, it’s not something that I’m proud of and it’s not something that’s easy to talk about. I never really want to see any player be put in that position to be hurt or their career put in jeopardy.”
The Dolphins (3-4) have won back-to-back games following a 1-4 start, with Ajayi rushing for 418 yards in wins over the Steelers and Bills. Ajayi may have to carry the load for the foreseeable future, as Arian Foster retired from the NFL this week.
Foster broke the news to Landry via text.
“He had asked me for my jersey after the game on Sunday,” Landry said. “I don’t want to say I put two and two together, but getting that text message kind of came as no surprise. Though we lose a leader in our locker room and a great football player, I’m just happy that he was able to walk away from the game on his own terms.”
Miami, which has a bye this week, hosts the Jets (2-5) on Nov. 6.