Landry makes first appearance at practice

Teammates finally had the chance to meet and greet the Green-and-White's most prized free agent signing this week. LaRon Landry had been rehabbing his Achilles away from the Atlantic Health Facility up until this point. While Head Coah Rex Ryan categorized Landry's recovery as "way ahead" of schedule, the hard-hitting safety admitted to reporters that he's still feeling pain in his left heel.

Safety LaRon Landry finally made an appearance at the Jets' workouts this week, almost three months after he signed a one-year deal. Landry has been rehabbing on his own throughout the Jets' OTAs as he tries to recover from the chronic left foot and left Achilles injuries that plagued him the last two seasons with the Redskins.

Landry said the Achilles injury is healed thanks to a stem-cell treatment called "Amniomatrix" that he underwent in February but that he's still feeling pain in his left heel bone. Rex Ryan said Landry is "way ahead" of schedule in his recovery, which is vital because the Jets are thin at safety and expect Landry to start alongside veteran Eric Smith.

"As of right now, I'm progressing," Landry told reporters. "Things are looking real well. I shocked myself, too, so I'm looking forward to it. I can't wait to get back out there and be with the team."

Landry said his new teammates fired some barbs at him over his extended absence. "They give me a hard time for not being here, like 'Who is the new guy? Who is this guy?'" Landry said. "It's all fun (and) games, but when it comes down to it, all those guys welcomed me with open arms."

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