“When I’m healed and I can perform the way I know how to perform, the sky’s the limit,” Landry said. “Unstoppable.”
The problem for Landry has been staying healthy. A left Achilles’ tendon injury ended each of his last two seasons with the Redskins early. He has missed 15 games over the last two years.
But the 27-year-old Landry said yesterday the injury was not actually in his Achilles, but lower in his heel bone. That is why he opted not to have surgery performed.
Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum said the team would be smart about Landry’s recovery. It sounds as if Landry will be limited during the team’s offseason program and minicamps.
“We’re going to work as a partnership to get him ready for opening day,” Tannenbaum said. “Barring something unforeseen, we think he’ll be ready to go.”
Landry said criticism of his pass coverage skills is wrong, and is confident he can play either safety position in coach Rex Ryan’s defense.
* Tannenbaum was asked about linebacker Bart Scott, whom the team is trying to trade.
“Bart’s under contract,” Tannenbaum said. “He’s been in a couple of times. I’ve seen him in the building. He’s going to be here for the offseason program. He’s under contract. That’s where we are.”
* Tannnenbaum said the team has not closed the door on free agent safety Jim Leonhard. ... He said nothing was “on the horizon” with former wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery, who is currently a free agent. ... Tannenbaum said new wide receiver Chaz Schilens has a chance to be a starter but nothing is guaranteed.
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