The Miami Dolphins have known Jarvis Landry is a bona fide weapon for some time now.
Now the rest of the league does, too.
The NFL on Thursday named Landry the AFC’s Special Teams Player of the Month, just the fifth time in franchise history a Dolphins player has received that honor.
In October, the rookie returned five kickoffs for 178 yards; his 35.6-yards-per-return average was second-highest in the league, and the best October average in team history.
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Landry’s season average – 31.3 yards per kick return – leads the NFL.
“It’s definitely a tremendous honor,” Landry said. “But it’s not time to celebrate, it’s not time to pat myself on the back or anything. It’s about the 10 guys, it’s about this team, it’s about the special teams unit. That’s what it’s about. It’s not about my name being recognized.”
McCAIN UPSET AT ALMA MATER
Last September, the University of California dismissed a junior linebacker named Chris McCain for “conduct detrimental to the team.”
And yet, McCain’s picture still appears in various places on the football program’s website. That apparently has McCain upset, and he has instructed his agent to ask the school to stop using his likeness.
The Dolphins rookie said he doesn’t want the university or football program to benefit in any way from his current success.
“They’re not calling me asking me can we use your picture for our website,” McCain said. “Hell nah, it’s not OK.”
Efforts to reach the Cal football department Thursday were immediately successful. McCain missed Thursday’s practice with a foot injury after working the previous two days.
▪ Kevin Coyle said practice “kind of runs itself,” even when coach Joe Philbin is away, as was the case Thursday. Philbin was dealing with the team called a “personal family matter.”
▪ Dan Marino’s influence on the football team isn’t limited to the offensive side of the ball. Coyle revealed Thursday that the Hall of Fame quarterback and Dolphins special advisor has sat in on some of the defense’s Monday morning film sessions.
▪ Guard Daryn Colledge (illness/back) and tight end Dion Sims (toe) appear to be long shots to play Sunday against the Chargers. Neither practiced Thursday, and Sims was spotted wearing a walking boot.
Miami Herald sportswriter Armando Salguero contributed to this report.