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Landry reassured that the hulk will be back in his locker very soon, and look much bigger than he looked in 2013.
Chuck Pagnao wants to see Landry resemble that hulk, on the playing field, in 2014.
“He’s got to be an enforcer back there,” Pagano says of Landry. “He’s got to be a dominant, dominant football player, which he’s done and we hope he continues to do.”
After Landry’s first two games in a Colts uniform, fans had witnessed why the ferocious safety was courted in the 2013 offseason.
The active Landry flew around the Colts 3-4 defensive scheme, piling up more tackles after two weeks of football than anyone else around the league.
Those early September moments did not last through the rest of the regular season.
Landry would miss the next four weeks with an ankle injury and the Colts lost a critical piece to the backend of their defense.
Just like he has done since being drafted sixth overall in 2007, Landry headed west when the offseason rolled around.
Take one look at Landry and it’s clear he didn’t miss any weight room time, but the 230-pound safety returned to Indianapolis with a hip injury, thus holding him out of valuable minicamp sessions.
He wasn't back on the practice field untl about a week into camp at Anderson Unviersity. Landry made his preseason debut last Saturday and logged 15 snaps against the Giants.
“I feel healthy,” Landry said on Friday. “I’m not going to say I’m over the top, feel where I want to be because we are still building. That’s why there’s preseason, that’s why there’s practice every day just to prepare for the season.
“As far as health wise, I feel great. As far as performance, I’ve got a lot of things to work on, a lot of things to tweak, as well do.”
In coming into 2014, Landry isn’t pinpointing his areas of improvement to one or two specific things.
To be an interchangeable safety in this defensive scheme, Landry reiterates that the to-do list covers a variety of items.
Communication is one of the most vital parts of that list, especially considering the Colts lost a mainstay at safety in Antoine Bethea.
Landry is in the process of getting acclimated next to guys like
Both Pagano and Landry know that any slip up at the backend of the defense spells doom for the entire unit.
Week Two of the preseason was a small indication that the secondary tends to be trending in the right direction, with No. 30 back roaming.
“As a whole, I think we’ve done a phenomenal job,” Landry says of the Colts defense.
“We are just trying to keep on building.”