Jarvis Charles Landry is currently 27 years old. He was born in Convent, Louisiana, and attended a nearby high school where he was a three-sport athlete, including basketball, football, and track. As a senior in high school, Landry caught 51 passes for 716 yards and 11 touchdowns, capping off an impressive high school career where Landry went over 3,900 yards, 50 touchdowns, and rushed for another 14 scores. He was a member of the Under Armour All-American Game, where he set a record of catches with eight.
Colleges recruited Landry as a five-star recruit and the nation's 4th best wide receiver. He decided to stay in-state and attend LSU under Les Miles. Despite playing in all 14 games as a true freshman, he only caught four passes for 43 yards. In his sophomore year, playing 13 games, Landry caught 56 passes for 573 yards and 5 touchdowns.
In his junior year, he combined with a fellow elite wide receiver (and best friend) Odell Beckham Jr. to form one of the most prolific wide receiver duos in all of college football. He caught 77 passes for 1,193 yards and 10 touchdowns over ten games.
Landry was listed at 5’ 11 ½” and weighed 205 pounds, running a 4.77-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. The Dolphins chose him in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft, the 12th wide receiver taken that year.
Despite being a rookie, and buried on the depth chart behind fellow wide receivers Mike Wallace, Richard Matthews, and Brian Hartline, Landry was impressive, finishing with 112 targets, 84 catches for 758 yards and 5 touchdowns. Not many rookies get targeted 112 times in their rookie season!
In his second season, Landry saw an obscene 166 targets. He reeled in 110 catches for 1,157 yards but only 4 touchdowns. Landry continued to dominate targets in 2016, with 131 targets, and in 2017 he had 161 targets and a career-high 112 catches.
Statistically speaking, Landry's best season was in 2007 in his final season in Miami, where he played all 16 games, caught 112 passes for 987 yards and 9 touchdowns. He averaged more yards in 2019, with 1,174 yards, but caught significantly fewer passes at only 83.
After the monster 2017 season, the Miami Dolphins traded Landry to the Cleveland Browns for fourth and seventh-round picks. He signed a five-year $75.5 million extension upon arrival. Landry continued his dominance of targets, collecting 81 receptions on 149 targets for 976 yards and 4 touchdowns.
In 2019 Landry caught 83 passes for 1,174 yards and 6 touchdowns despite playing the latter half of the season with a hip injury.
If you’re looking for a wide receiver that specializes in consistency, Jarvis Landry is a name that will pop-up. Landry has not missed a game in six seasons and has caught 80 or more passes each season since coming into the league in 2014.
Throw in two 100+ catch seasons as well and three 1,000+ yard years. On the negative side of being consistent, Landry has never had a double-digit touchdown season but has made the Pro-Bowl in five straight. He also had his fifth consecutive top-18 fantasy football finish.
In what was supposed to be a playoff season for the Browns, it turned into blown opportunities. Baker Mayfield could not continue his rookie success, and Odell Beckham was off his game. However, Landry had one of his better seasons. He would end up catching 83 passes (T-18th), for 1,174 yards (10th), a career-best, and six touchdowns (T-24th). His 14.1 yards per catch (25th) was also a career-best.
In 2020, the Cleveland Browns have done some changing since the season ended last year. Cleveland hired Kevin Stefanski as an offensive coordinator, who spent the previous two seasons with Minnesota. On the offensive side of the ball, Austin Hooper comes in from Atlanta. Cleveland drafted wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones in the sixth round and tight end Harrison Bryant in the fourth.
With Hooper or David Njoku playing underneath roles, Landry will continue to play the wing. It has been Landry that has shown more consistency with Mayfield, and Odell Beckham Jr. is (also) returning from an injury.
The offensive line is a solid unit. Left guard Joel Bitonio leads the group as he made All-Pro honors for the second straight season. They also drafted left tackle Jedrick Wills from Alabama in the first round and added free agent right tackle Jack Conklin from Tennessee. Mayfield should have time to throw the ball with the blocking up front.
There are not many players in the way of Landry from contributing another typical 80+ reception season, and the line appears upgraded. Stefanski will focus on the run with both Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt leading the way, but Landry will get his opportunities.
His floor and ceiling are very close to what they always have been. He has been remarkably consistent throughout his career. The only hindrance to his production would be more rushing volume from the Chubb/Hunt duo or Beckham taking over.
Let’s review Landry’s injuries. In 2011, in his freshman year of college at LSU, Landry suffered a stress fracture in his foot. His injury was in the off-season before the start of his freshman season. Landry’s limited production was likely due to his fractured foot.
In his junior season at LSU in 2013, he suffered another foot injury, this time a foot sprain, but thankfully it did not cost him any games.
In 2015, in his second season in the NFL, Landry suffered a left knee sprain, but this was considered minor, and he did not miss any games. Landry suffered two injuries this past season, a concussion in week four after catching eight passes for 167 yards but thankfully was able to clear the concussion protocol before week five’s matchup in San Francisco.
Landry’s most significant injury to date is also the most mysterious. He reported he suffered a hip injury at some point during the 2019 season. What makes this more impressive is that he set a career-high in receiving yards despite this injury.
The first mention of a hip injury at any point in the 2019 season came after the Browns Week 14 win over the Bengals. Less than two weeks later, there were reports that Landry may need off-season hip surgery.
Landry likely fought through the pain and discomfort of this hip injury and played all 16 games. Landry visited a hip specialist after Week 17, hoping he did not need hip surgery. The doctor and the Browns’ medical team weighed in and decided that it was in his best interest to have surgery.
Landry’s surgery was on February 4 (by the same surgeon who did Adrian Peterson’s ACL) and is expected to be sidelined anywhere between 6 to 8 months.
We finally had some clarity as the reporters stated that Landry’s operation consisted of “shaved down some cartilage and removed two pieces of bone embedded in the labrum of his left hip.” What they are describing here is what is known as Femoroacetabular impingement. While this may sound rare, it's quite common and is something I see in my clinic several times a month, in both young and old.
Follow this link for more information, but I will do my best to discuss the injury here.
Femoroacetabular impingement syndrome (FAIS) is usually a genetic variation that gradually worsens as the person gets older. If a person with these predisposing findings in their hip is very active as an adolescent and in their early 20s, they will likely have significant issues much earlier than if they were not as active/played sports.
There are two different parts to FAIS. Think of the hip as a ball and socket joint, where the ball is the head of the leg bone/femur. In people with FAIS, there are two possibilities; they can have an improperly shaped femur, where instead of the ball being perfectly round, it is unevenly shaped and more oblong than round (this is called a Cam lesion). A Cam lesion causes an alignment issue as the ball does not perfectly rotate within the socket wearing down the nearby cartilage/labrum.
The other type of FAIS is called a Pincer lesion, where the walls of the socket have an irregular shape, and extra bone rubs against the ball, causing the surrounding cartilage (commonly referred to as labrum) to tear. When this extra bone gets larger and larger, the injury to the labrum becomes substantial and usually causes pain with specific ranges of motion of the hips/leg.
The most common type of FAIS is the combined type, with both cam and pincer impingements. Some people happen to have this on both sides, others only on one side. Certain, often simple, maneuvers of the leg will exacerbate this injury and cause the tearing of the cartilage earlier.
I had a gymnast last year in my clinic who had a significant tear by the age of 14. A second patient who rode horses for a living had a substantial tear by 18. Famous NBA player Isaiah Thomas, formally of the Boston Celtics, suffered this injury and underwent surgery himself, as was discussed nicely here.
The good news is that the data for athletes returning from the surgery is excellent. Current literature suggests a high-rate of return to sport after surgery at 87 to 93% overall. Operative treatment of FAIS resulted in higher rates of return to sport and functional performance.
In a study of NHL players from 2019 reviewed 77 surgeries (over 70 players) with a mean age of 29 (Landry is 27), 63 of the patients averaged almost seven months return to play. The overall survival rate of remaining effective in the NHL at 1-year was 84%.
One thing important to note in the NHL study is that players in the non-surgical group had a longer career than those that underwent surgery. Still, there was no significant difference in postoperative performance when compared to preoperative.
A similar study from 2019 that reviewed NFL players demonstrated that 55 players with a mean age of 27 underwent surgery. 84% of them return to sport with a mean of 6.7 months (+/- 3.8 months) following surgery. There were no differences in career lengths of those who had surgery versus those who did not have surgery. There was also no difference in games played in the surgical group compared to the conservative group.
Something interesting of note is that quarterbacks have significantly better postoperative performance scores than other positions. The conclusion is that the return to sport rate is very high for NFL athletes after hip arthroscopy for Femoroacetabular impingement syndrome (FAIS).
The strong data does support that Landry should not have any issues with his hip after his surgery once he gains clearance to return to the field. There is a good chance he starts in week one of the 2020 season and should not have any issues going forward.
Once he feels comfortable enough to return to the field, we should not expect anything different than what we have seen from him over the past six years in the NFL.
What is even more impressive is that Landry has played in 100% of the games since he entered the NFL in 2014, 96 of 96 games. Not many NFL players, especially wide receivers, played in all 16 games for six years in a row.
Sports Injury Predictor calculates that Landry has a 39.8% chance of injury in 2020. A meager percentage, and they project him to miss less than one full game. I completely agree with this statement after reviewing his injury history and specific surgery, along with the supporting data. My risk score for him is 3 out of 10.
While others will likely be concerned about what this hip injury means to Landry going forward, I won’t be, and you shouldn’t either. Currently being drafted as the WR29 in PPR leagues, the 69th player off the board, he has the potential to provide a ton of value there. For reference, he finished as the WR12 in PPR leagues last year. I’ll (Dr. Morse) have old-reliable Landry on several of my teams this year.
There may be some changes to the Browns offense; I fully expect him to get his full complement of targets. Landry has not had less than 131 targets since his rookie season in 2014. While he is not catching the same volume of passes as his time in Miami, he is still a big wide receiver who can put up over 80 catches for over 1,000 yards and 4-8 TDs.
Dr. Morse- A discount at WR29 in late June and that price will likely rise as new reports come out that he is looking good and should be 100% in 2020. He is a solid WR2 for your team. Draft him with confidence as I am not overly concerned about his injury history despite having a rather significant off-season hip surgery.
Mike- At this point (June 24), Landry has an ADP of WR29 and overall of 69. His shopping price is excellent. He should have many WR2 weeks with a sprinkle of WR3. It also allows enough cushion for Stefanski to ruin everything by running the ball a vast majority of the time.
Injury Risk: Low. 3/10.
|Projected Missed||Probability of injury per game ?||Probablity of injury in the season ?|
|Feb 4, 2020||Inguinal Hip Fracture||Landry underwent offseason hip surgery. He's reportedly expected to be back at some point during training camp.|
|Sep 29, 2019||Head Cranial Concussion Grade 1||He exited late in the third quarter after suffering a concussion vs. Ravens. He was cleared for the next game.|
|Nov 22, 2015||Knee Strain Grade 1||Landry strained his left knee in Week 11 but didn't miss any time.|
|Oct 5, 2013||Pedal Foot Sprain||An October foot injury limited Landry in practices but didn't cost him in any games.|
|Jul 1, 2011||Pedal Foot Fracture||Landry suffered a stress fracture in his foot in summer 2011. He started his true freshman season on time but had his role and production limited.|