A week after saying the Cleveland Browns’ quarterbacks are “a lot better” than what he had with the Miami Dolphins, wideout Jarvis Landry said he and quarterback Ryan Tannehill weren’t very close in Miami.
After telling NFL Network he hasn’t heard from Tannehill since being traded to the Browns, Landry was asked if he’s surprised that Tannehill hasn’t reached out.
“I’m not surprised,” Landry replied. “We didn’t really have a good relationship anyway, so I’m not surprised.”
Landry praised new Browns quarterback Tyrod Taylor for putting extra time in to work with receivers on the side in hopes of establishing chemistry, noting he didn’t experience that with the Dolphins. He added that his comments about Cleveland’s signal-callers were more indicative of the positives with the Browns rather than criticisms of his old team.
“I wasn’t trying to look back in the rearview mirror,” he said. “I’m focused on here and where we’re taking it here. I wasn’t trying to take a shot at [Tannehill]. I understand how hard every guy in this NFL works, especially at the position, especially at the quarterback position. But at the same time too… I give credit where credit is due.”
Landry, 25, hasn’t been shy about voicing his opinion, agreeing on Tuesday with teammate Josh Gordon’s assertion that the Browns’ receiving corps is the best in the NFL, saying, “He ain’t lyin’.”
Landry was traded to the Browns this offseason by the Dolphins — who first franchise tagged him — amid Miami’s outspoken efforts to improve its locker-room culture, along with moves like the release of Ndamukong Suh and Mike Pouncey. The Dolphins brought in wideouts Danny Amendola and Albert Wilson on free agent deals to help replace Landry.
Tannehill, 29, has garnered plenty of praise from head coach Adam Gase this offseason as he recovers from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee that kept him out for all of 2017. Though the team worked out several top quarterback prospects before the draft, Gase has repeatedly said he expects Tannehill to be the starter moving forward.
–Field Level Media