It took a while for LaRon Landry to make his debut in practice for the Indianapolis Colts, but when he did, he made quite an impact.
Landry did not show up to Organized Team Activities or voluntary workouts with the Colts, choosing rather to workout in Arizona. Still, when he finally showed up for last week’s mandatory minicamp, the Pro Bowl safety looked impressive. Landry came to practice in fantastic shape, and brought his signature high-impact play to the field often. Landy had a couple free-shot attempts at quarterback Andrew Luck, that may have left the second-year signal-caller reeling, if the team had been playing in contact drills. At another point, Landry actually caught veteran receiver Reggie Wayne on a route, and took a clean shot at the future Hall-of Fame player. The result had head coach Chuck Pagano reminding Landry that certain players (like Wayne) have earned the right not to get popped in practice, although Pagano still seemed impressed with the new guy’s punishing performance.
Landry is a top-notch player at the safety position, known for his hard hits. Last season, as a member of the New York Jets, Landry had a career-high 100 combined tackles, on his way to a pro Bowl. If he can stay healthy, Landry may just be the most impactful defensive player for the Colts in 2013.