Miami Dolphins

Dolphins’ Landry wants to keep his hand in return game

BY BARRY JACKSON

bjackson@miamiherald.com

The Dolphins would love if rookie receiver Jakeem Grant can seize the punt and kickoff return jobs.

But Jarvis Landry, the incumbent returner, doesn’t want to be forgotten.

When I asked Jarvis Landry if he wants to keep his hand in returns this season, he said: “I’m the starting returner so we’ll see how many reps I get in preseason. I will be excited to see what Jakeem Grant and other guys can do there.”

What would be the ideal amount of returns for him to do this season? “I don’t think there’s a number on it,” Landry said. “Like I told coaches, it gives me the opportunity to get the ball in my hands and make a play. It creates some energy.”

Grant, incidentally, dropped a punt today and has dropped a few during camp. But he also has cleanly caught a lot of them, too.

• There’s reason for concern about the Dolphins’ linebacker depth. Linebacker Zach Vigil, who has missed all of camp, said this week that he doesn’t know when he will return from a back injury. He said the Dolphins are trying “every way possible” to solve the problem.

The Dolphins hope that a clear-cut fourth-best linebacker emerges among James Michael Johnson, Neville Hewitt and Spencer Paysinger. All have had their moments in camp.

Besides Vigil and new addition Chris Culliver (knee/PUP), also missing practice today were: cornerbacks Xavien Howard (knee) and Chimdi Chekwa (thigh), running back Kenyan Drake (hamstring), defensive linemen Earl Mitchell (calf) and Farrington Huguenin (ankle), tight end MarQueis Gray (leg) and offensive lineman Vinston Painter (knee).

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