If the Washington Redskins are going to be successful this season, they need starting strong safety LaRon Landry on the field. But Landry, who was having a defensive MVP-caliber campaign last year before missing the team’s final seven games with an Achilles injury, has yet to practice so far this summer. Although he’s been sidelined, Landry insists he’ll be ready for Washington’s season opener against the New York Giants on Sept. 11.
“I’m not going on the field unless I’m 110 percent and I know I can be myself and do all the things I know I can do,” Landry told the Washington Post after the team’s morning practice on Aug. 5. “[It doesn’t] make [any] sense to go out there and have to come back to the side and take a couple days off. When I get out there, I want to be out there and stay out there.”
With the team switching to their new 3-4 alignment last year, Landry was the one constant in a learning year for the defense. He registered at least 11 tackles a game four times last season while providing his trademark knockout blows in run support. The new scheme allowed the fifth-year safety to focus on short zones while taking him out of deep pass coverage, an area he has struggled in during his time in the league.
“I can’t wait to get back out there,” Landry added. “The defense really fits what I do well. I just can’t wait. The sky’s the limit. I’m not looking back at last year saying if this wouldn’t have happened, I’d have been here or there. But you know, it’s in the past. I’m looking forward to having a great season this year, too, even better.”