Jarvis Landry steals first episode of Hard Knocks with passionate speech

AP

Jarvis Landry starred in the first episode of Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Cleveland Browns on Tuesday night.

The receiver, acquired in an offseason trade with the Dolphins, not only mesmerizes General Manager John Dorsey and teammates with his hands, but he delivers a speech that steals the show.

An HBO spokesman promised Adam Schefter of ESPN earlier Tuesday that Landry’s speech would rank among the top five all time for Hard Knocks. The claim wasn’t overstated.

Exactly halfway through the show, Landry asked to talk during a receivers meeting.

“I don’t know what the [expletive] has been going on here,” Landry said to his teammates, “and I don’t know why it’s been going on. But if you’re not hurt, like if your hamstring ain’t falling off, [expletive] gone; your leg ain’t broke. Like you should be [expletive] practicing. Straight up. Like that [expletive] is weakness, and that [expletive] is contagious as [expletive], and that [expletive] ain’t going to be in this room, bro. That [expletive] been here in the past, and that’s why the past has been like it is, bro. That [expletive] is over with here, bro. If you’re going to [expletive] practice, [expletive] practice. You can’t get no better. Ain’t nobody going to get better by being on the [expletive] sideline if you ain’t [expletive] hurt. If you’re not [expletive] hurt, you’ve got to [expletive] practice. Because you make other [expletive] work even [expletive] harder. Now they’re at more [expletive] risk of getting hurt, because you don’t want to [expletive] practice, because you’re being a [expletive]. Straight up, man. That [expletive] is [expletive] real, bro. That [expletive] ain’t happening here. I’m just letting y’all know. 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 [expletive] attitude and the mentality all the [expletive] time. All that ‘me’ [expletive] don’t [expletive] live here no more. That [expletive] don’t exist. It’s contagious, bro. Like it’s really [expletive] contagious. It’s contagious.”

In an interview with the NFL Films crew later, Landry said the speech was somewhat out of character for him.

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

Landry impressed the Browns just as much on the practice field.

During the team’s scrimmage, Landry makes a one-handed catch, prompting Dorsey to excitedly say, “Oh, my Lord. Did you see that? One hand. One hand.”

A teammate yells, “We got us a playmaker.”

The death of Hue Jackson’s brother and mother within two weeks of each other also plays a big part in the first episode. Jackson tells his sister, Kimberely, on the phone, that “it’s only me and you now, girl.”

The coach later shares a group hug with Dorsey, director of football operations Simon Gelan and senior vice president of communications Peter John-Baptiste before breaking down in tears as the three exit the room.

Also of note: Offensive coordinator Todd Haley questioned Jackson on the veteran days off philosophy, arguing the team had too much to do to have players sitting around doing nothing when they weren’t hurt; and Baker Mayfield had $14.2 million of his $22 million signing bonus paid up front.

62 responses to “Jarvis Landry steals first episode of Hard Knocks with passionate speech

  1. Eagles fan here….after watching that episode Im rooting for the Browns to turn it around.

    And I really felt for Hue Jackson. Cant imagine what its like to lose your brother and Mom in such a short time period and how he kept on coaching through that was amazing.

  2. “And [expletive] man when we need [expletive] 10 yards, we gonna [expletive] get out [expletive] there and get 6, then we gonna [expletive] strut, yo.”

  3. Is it just me or do the Browns already seem in trouble this season? Is practice optional? Does Mayfield have any work ethic? Does Jackson seem like he has command of the team? It seems like the same 0-16 BS to me.

  4. That sounds like a pretty bleeping good speech. Self aggrandizing, of course, but bleeping good.

  5. That was a wild [expletive] speech to read. Landry is a [expletive] on the field so you know he meant every word of that [expletive].

    Hey, [expletive] better recognize. Its a new day in the [expletive] dog pound.

  6. Jarvis +1, You are setting the standard. I wanted to really rail on Hue, but no one should have to go through what he went through . Next week may change, but for this week no comments on Hue.

  7. Ahh, reminds me of another inspiring locker room speech: “Rock,” he [expletive] said – “sometime, when the [expletive] team is up against it — and the [expletive] breaks are beating the [expletive] boys — tell them to [expletive] go out there with all they [expletive] got and win just one for the [double-expletive] Gipper”.

  8. I love this. It’s about time somebody lit a fire under the Browns. Jarvis Landry may be one of my new favorite players. I hope the Browns can turn things around. It would be nice to see. Maybe Landry can help them get there.

  9. Nobody could ever question Landry’s toughness, but I still can’t forget the career ending cheap shot he placed on Bills safety, Aaron Williams in 2016. A lot of these players aren’t just supporting their immediate family members. They have a small window to make a lot of money and even though Williams was nearing the end of his career, Landry slammed that window shut with a blindside hit.

  10. Another great player passed on by Chip Kelly who took Jordan Mathews. I love the kid as a player because not only is he talented but he plays with the passion of a middle linebacker. Why Miami wasn’t committed to keeping a asset like Landry is a mystery?

  11. Lol. Yeah, Jarvis says he isn’t much of a talker….that’s all he’s done all off season and it’s not like he didn’t know the cameras were rolling. He’s become so diva it’s nauseating. Enjoy Cleveland Juice. Getting time to start backing up all your talk.

  12. My gut instinct is that Landry knew the camera’s were rolling and he wanted the stage. That seems to be his thing. Not so certain how he can say “You know I’m not much of a talker”. Talked a lot with the Dolphins and seems to be off to a similar start with the Browns.

  13. Landry was great. It particularly stood out because Landry, and then Todd Haley, spoke out against guys not practicing when they could be…which was then neutralized by Jackson declaring he used to see things that way, but now he didn’t.

    Man, you have two guys valiantly trying to rally the troops, and you have the head coach basically saying, “Nahh, everything’s fine just the way it is”. His reaction to their rallying cry revealed so much…

  14. I remember when I was a young PFC. Had a Cpl who would expletive after every word. I thought wow the dude is hardcore, I want to be like him. After three months I realized he just cursed a lot and didn’t know what he was talking about. I found the quiet one who looked squared away and found out he actually knew what was going on. I really didn’t find someone cursing during a speech as motivating. You kind of get lost in the profanity.

  15. officialgame says:

    “Why Miami wasn’t committed to keeping a asset like Landry is a mystery?”

    Because he’s a slot receiver who averages 6 yards per catch. Dolphins wanted to keep him, but not at the #1WR salary he was seeking. The Browns were the only team desperate enough to pay the $16M per year he’s getting. Part of the reason is they wanted a culture change attitude. And Landry, who knows this, is trying to provide it as evidence by his Hard Knocks speech in Tuesday’s episode.

  16. This man is on a mission to prove he shouldn’t of been let go in Miami. The jury is still out on that decision by Gase. He has an uphill battle in Cleveland but I think that team has a chance. What I saw last night was a soft team that takes the path of the soft head coach. You can see Haley and others already disagree with Jackson on some things. Time will tell if this is the same ol Browns or a new look team on a mission. I hope they turn it around. That division has always been a cakewalk and is bad for the league. When Jarvis gets one or 2 catches a game for back to back games is when you will see the real Jarvis show his self. I hope I am wrong but we shall see.

  17. phillyphinsfan says:
    August 8, 2018 at 6:05 am
    Nobody could ever question Landry’s toughness, but I still can’t forget the career ending cheap shot he placed on Bills safety, Aaron Williams in 2016. A lot of these players aren’t just supporting their immediate family members. They have a small window to make a lot of money and even though Williams was nearing the end of his career, Landry slammed that window shut with a blindside hit.
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    Expletive….?….Cheap shot artist!!!

  18. @officialgame

    Cause he wanted top dollar for 8.8 yds/catch Can’t pay a WR with these stats like this compared to real game changers like ABrown, Jones and OBJ

  19. Watched the video, the body language of the rest of the room was pathetic. Nobody reacting positively, sitting back and waiting for Jarvis to sit down and shut up. Not saying they should get up and yell like some movie, but a few nodding heads and some affirmation would have been good. The room reacted like the losers they are.

  20. Classic narcissist. Also, not a playmaker, one handed catches don’t mean much when you cant find the end zone. Only averaged about 4 TD’s per year until his contract year.Immature and self-centered.

    More mouth and fouls than action in the end. But, he’ll try to tell you how to do your job when he’s just freelancing routes. That’s why the Dolphins shipped him out.

  21. I didn’t see the show last night and could figure out if he was calling another receiver out? Coleman?

  22. My observations are Yes, Landry is good and motivated. The problem is that passion is not controlled on the field and results in a penalties and lockerroom issues. Also, the one handed catch stuff is stupid. Impressive, but not fundamentally sound. Watch a practice without edits and they miss 1 in 3. Fact!

  23. Was that a speech or just a profanity laced rant? I was more impressed by the way Jackson controlled his staff meeting. I honestly couldn’t understand Landry half the time when he was babbling on and on. But I love that show and I’m really excited to get a look inside Brownies training camp…
    -Not a Browns fan

  24. I’m just shaking my head at the fact that a 1-31 team who can’t handle their business thinks it’s a good idea to bring a film crew in and be on Hard Knocks.

  25. Has any Browns player given an impassioned speech/rant like that since the team had re-entered the league? I’m guessing not.

  26. joeinoh says:
    August 8, 2018 at 9:01 am
    I didn’t see the show last night and could figure out if he was calling another receiver out? Coleman?

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    That would be my guess since Coleman was limited last week but they didn’t go into it since the majority of the episode dealt with the Coach keeping it together while dealing with his family problems and the team rallying around him.

    Next week is the Coleman gets traded episode so we’ll probably find out then.

  27. IMPLODE: (transitive verb) to break down or fall apart from within: to collapse inward as if from external pressure; also : to become greatly reduced as if from collapsing.

  28. Mighty poor coaching when you need to have a player tell other players to quit bleeping around.

  29. All that ‘me’ [expletive] don’t [expletive] live here no more.

    Jarvis continues to say one thing when the facts say otherwise. You are a “me guy” Juice, stopping foolin.’

  30. Tough guy, gonna make some great catches in heavy traffic. Then he’s going to cost you a drive killing 15 yarder for being stupid.

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