The Washington Times-Herald

July 28, 2013

Landry looking for new opportunity in Indianapolis

Heather Bremer

ANDERSON — His physique is intimidating and Hulk-like. His play on the field even more so.

But has Colts safety LaRon Landry built himself on being a physical monster?

"Nah, I build myself on winning," Landry said Sunday after the Colts'

first training camp walkthrough at Anderson University's Macholtz Stadium.

The seven-year NFL veteran arrived for his first camp with Indianapolis on Saturday and was happy to be back to work Sunday. Landry said the team is picking up right where it left off in June's mini-camp in Indianapolis.

"Now it's time to get ready for the season," Landry said. "As a whole, it feels great to be out here and get back into the swing of things."

Landry, a product of LSU, spent the first five years of his NFL career with the Washington Redskins. After a promising start, he was hampered by injury in 2010 and 2011, playing nine and eight games, respectively.

He signed a one-year, $4 million deal with the New York Jets last season and played in all 16 games.

During the rebound year, Landry recorded the most tackles of his career (99), forced four fumbles and grabbed two interceptions, taking one back for a touchdown.

Now with the Colts, on a four-year, $24 million contract, the Pro Bowler says, for him, there's not much difference between Washington, New York and Indianapolis.

"To me football is football. I come in and give it all I got just to help my team win," Landry said. "It's a great atmosphere, a winning atmosphere.

I just love it out here."

Landry and cornerback Greg Toler were added in the offseason to shore up the Colts' last line of defense.

Landry will take over for Tom Zbikowski, now in camp with the Chicago Bears, and be paired with eight-year veteran Antoine Bethea, who he has trained with in Arizona during the offseason. He said that while he and Bethea need to work on communication, their chemistry is already there.

"It's kinda like we already have that same type of mentality, the same type of field presence, the same type of demeanor and what we want to accomplish as a whole," Landry said. "To come here and have that kind of tandem — I haven't had that kind of tandem since (Redskins safety) Sean (Taylor), and that was kinda short, and that's what it feels like."

Much has been made about the Colts' efforts to build a more "physical"

defense with veterans Robert Mathis and Cory Redding as cornerstones.

Landry will play a big part in the physicality of this defense, but sees himself as an "addition to the complete package" rather than a completing piece. His focus will be getting after the ball and, more importantly, dominating.

"It's really just all about winning. You're trying to perfect your craft and trying to do anything to help your team win," Landry said. "There's nothing different for me. My mentality, my physicality, my emotions is built around that. Just to have a winning atmosphere. Anything they ask me I'm going to try to do."