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Jarvis Landry proves he's leader for Cleveland Browns in 'Hard Knocks' premiere

Veteran wide receiver Jarvis Landry proved he's a leader for the Cleveland Browns in the "Hard Knocks" premiere episode Tuesday night.
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CLEVELAND -- Since being acquired by the Cleveland Browns in a trade with the Miami Dolphins and signing a long-term extension, veteran wide receiver Jarvis Landry has been touted as a leader for the position room.

Landry proved that leadership in a segment that aired in the debut episode of the HBO Sports documentary miniseries, “Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Cleveland Browns” Tuesday night, where he let loose a 105-second rant in a position meeting after feeling his fellow receivers were not giving enough effort on the practice field.

“Let me say something real quick,” Landry said while walking to the front of the room. “Fellas, I don’t know what the (expletive) has been going on here, I don’t know why it’s been going on here, but if you’re not hurt, like if your hamstring ain’t falling off the (expletive) bone, your leg ain’t broke, I don’t know, but you should be (expletive) practicing, straight up.

“That (expletive) is weakness, and that (expletive) is contagious. That (expletive) has been here in the past, and that’s why the past has been what it is, brah. That (expletive) is over with. You can’t get better. Ain’t nobody going to get better by being on the (expletive) sideline if you ain’t hurt.”

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Cleveland Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry jumps to make a catch in the end zone in a drill during Organized Team Activities practice at team headquarters in Berea.

Over his four-year career with the Dolphins, Landry turned 400 catches into 4,038 yards and 22 touchdowns. He averaged 10.1 yards per catch and 63.1 yards per game to go along with 38 catches of at least 20 yards, seven 40-yard plays and 220 first downs.

The 5-foot-11, 208-pound Landry has two 110-catch seasons (2015, 2017) and two 1,100-yard years (2015, 2016) on his resume.

Landry was not afraid to set the example in the room by speaking up, but also, his words seemed impactful for the simple fact that he gave up veteran days off early in training camp because despite not being a part of the 1-31 record over the past two years, he wants to bring a winning culture to Cleveland.

“That (expletive) ain’t happening here. I’m just letting y’all know,” Landry said. “That (expletive) is not (expletive) happening here. I’m hurt and I’m tired, just like every (expletive) body in this (room), but I ain’t taking no (expletive) days off because I can’t be (expletive) great that way. That’s got to be the attitude and the (expletive) mentality all the (expletive) time.

“That weak (expletive) is contagious. It’s contagious.”

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Following the impassioned speech, Landry explained why he felt the need to address the receivers in an honest manner.

“I’m not really much of a talker,” Landry said. “When I do talk, it takes a lot before it comes out, but at the same time, I try to talk with the best interest of the team, not just myself. Pushing guys, holding the guys accountable, and just going in and leading by example.

“Just being here is a blessing in itself. It’s kind of almost like my story, being the underdog, always feeling like you have to prove something. I just want to win. That’s it.”

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