- Jane McManus, Reporter & Columnist, espnW.com
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- New York Jets safety LaRon Landry says he is stunned by how quickly he is healing from Achilles and heel injuries that have sidelined him for large portions of the past two seasons.
Landry signed a one-year deal with New York in March but has missed most of the team's organized team activities while working out and rehabbing the injuries on his own in Arizona.
"I shocked myself," Landry said of his rehab on Wednesday. "Unfortunately, I'm not there yet, but I'm not taking any steps back. Everything is progressing right now and I feel great about it."
Jets coach Rex Ryan said the team's training staff was impressed.
"He's way ahead of where our trainers thought he would be," Ryan said.
Landry had undergone platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy to try to address the lingering Achilles injury, but when that wasn't as successful as hoped, he decided to undergo a stem cell treatment called AmnioMatrix. He was scheduled to undergo three stem cell treatments, but the first was so successful, he only chose another around of PRP therapy.
Landry is working out, running and cutting at a reduced rate and will not take part in team drills during the team's mandatory minicamp this week. There is no formal timetable for Landry to take part in drills and the former Redskin was noncommittal when asked about training camp, which begins July 26.
Landry explained that he made a calculated decision to return to Arizona, where he was originally treated in February for the Achilles injury. He has missed 17 games in the past two seasons with injury, and wants to start this season healthy.
"I came for the first couple weeks for the offseason training and after that headed back to Arizona where you know I had procedures done, to see my doctors who've done previous procedures on me." Landry said. "That was my choice and decision to go back so they could finish, complete whatever I had to do rehab wise, and strength and conditioning. And I felt real comfortable going back and doing so. I had no doubt that I would come back and be ahead of the game."
Landry said he's been working hard to catch up with his new teammates.
"They gave me a hard time for not being here like, 'Who's the new guy? Who's this guy?' " Landry said. "It was all fun and games but when it comes down to it all the guys welcomed me with open arms."
Cornerback Darrelle Revis said it's been hard to get a firm impression of Landry.
"Right now, he hasn't been here," Revis said. "But you can't hold that against him. He's here now and the only thing we can do is focus on him being here now and move on to the season."
Landry said his brother, Dawan, who played under Ryan in Baltimore, encouraged him to pick the Jets when he became a free agent this spring.
"When I was going on my visits he was like, 'You know, as soon as you visit Jets just sign. No need to look nowhere else, just the organization as a whole. You're going to love it,' " Landry said of his brother's advice.