Jarvis Landry has a nasty history with the Buffalo Bills.
The former Miami Dolphins wide receiver, now playing for the Cleveland Browns, raised the ire of multiple Bills players when he obliterated Buffalo’s rookie cornerback Taron Johnson with a hard block during a preseason game on Friday.
With the Browns on the four-yard line, Landry nailed Johnson with a blindside block. The play didn’t draw a flag from the officiated crew, and Johnson was able to walk off the field. That didn’t stop some players from calling the play dirty, and comparing it to a similar Landry hit from 2016 which ended the career of former Bills safety Aaron Williams, as head and neck injuries sustained in the collision forced him to retire.
Here’s the hit:
— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) August 18, 2018
And here’s what Bills linebacker Lorenzo Alexander had to say about Landry after the game, per ESPN:
“Landry, he’s a good receiver, physical guy, but some of those plays that he has – Aaron Williams, Taron, I’m pretty sure he has other ones – I just think they’re dirty. Coming from the outside of the box in, the league needs to do a better job of calling penalties on those types of plays. Obviously defenders get called all the time on stuff that is probably less egregious than that. If we’re going to protect our football players, we need to protect everybody, not just offensive guys.”
Buffalo safety Micah Hyde also didn’t hold back:
“That’s ridiculous, because if a defensive player does that to an offensive player, he’s getting ejected. I don’t care if he lowered his shoulder or not. He’s coming all the way from No. 1, past the numbers, and flying down onto the hashes and cleaning up somebody. That’s the same as that play that Aaron Williams got hit on a couple years back and basically ruined his career.
“To me, that’s B.S. You can’t do that. All you have to do is get into position, screen him off. He doesn’t have to come in and try to kill anybody.”
Johnson said after the game that he has “no animosity” towards Landry, and added that the Browns receiver even apologized for the bone-crunching block.