LaRon Landry will visit the Patriots this weekend, according to a source.
New England is the first destination for the 6-0, 220-pound Redskins safety but not scheduled to be the last; the Jets, Lions, and one unnamed team are also on the list.
Health is a concern for potential suitors.
After beginning his career playing 47 consecutive games, Landry, 27, has seen action in just 15 over the last two years. He finished both seasons on Injured Reserve because of a bad Achilles tendon. It's well-noted that specialists have told Landry he needs surgery, but he refused their advice in favor of rest and rehabilitation.
Its brutal, Landry told CBS Sports in February. Its like a roller coaster. A major surgery is quite hard. Youre changing the structure of your body and trying to correct it. Recovery time is crucial, rehab is crucial and you sometimes lose range-of-motion and lose strength. The strength will eventually come, but as far as range of motion you might not get the same thing that you had before. I dont want that.
He decided this winter on P.R.P (platelet rich plasma) Therapy combined with a stem cell procedure. Landry's own blood would be used to create new plasma that is re-injected in the Achilles. The process is considered a more natural way to aid healing.
The Redskins didn't buy in -- literally. Landry said he's personally paying for the procedures because the team wouldn't endorse them.
Im not going to try to make it controversial, continued the CBS interview. Im going to do whatever I need to do to play at a high level no matter what. Its my body, Im going to do what I think is right.
The source says Landry is currently in "good" health and "on course to be ready for OTAs."
New England's Organized Team Activities are expected to run from the end of May into the middle of June.
David Harris is expected to be a savvy middle linebacker who will line up his teammates when they help. He's expected to provide some level of leadership, even in his first year in New England, as an accomplished-but-hungry 33-year-old who has not yet reached a Super Bowl.
What Harris is not expected to do is improve the Patriots pass-rush. He was in on one sack in 900 snaps last season.
But in a roundabout way he might.
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There are dominos to fall now that Harris has been added to Bill Belichick and Matt Patricia's defense. How much will Harris play, and whose playing time will he cut into? Those questions don't yet have answers, but one of the more intriguing elements of the Harris acquisition is how he will benefit Dont'a Hightower's game.
If Harris can pick up the Patriots defense quickly -- and all indications are that there should be few issues there -- he could take some of the all-important communication responsibilities off of Hightower's shoulders.
Ever since taking the reins from Jerod Mayo as the team's signal-caller, Hightower has had to be on top of all requisite pre-snap checks and last-second alignment changes. It's a critical role, and one that Hightower performs well, but those duties place some added stress on the player wearing the green dot. Perhaps if part of that load can be heaped onto Harris' plate, that might allow Hightower to feel as though he's been freed up to focus on his individual assignments.
Harris' presence might also impact where on the field Hightower is used. Hightower may be the most versatile piece on a Patriots defense loaded with them, but with Harris in the middle, Hightower could end up playing more on the edge, where he's proven he can make a major impact (see: Super Bowl LI).
For Belichick and his staff, having the ability to use one of their best pass-rushers -- and one of the most efficient rushers league-wide, per Pro Football Focus -- on the edge more frequently has to be an enticing byproduct of the move to sign Harris. Especially since there are some question marks among the team's end-of-the-line defenders behind Trey Flowers and Rob Ninkovich.
We'll have to wait for training camp before we have an idea of how exactly Harris fits in with the Patriots defense. But the effect he'll have on his new teammates, and Hightower in particular, will be fascinating to track.
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