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Jarvis Landry adds more highlights to a training camp full of them

Jarvis Landry's training camp highlight reel just keeps growing.

With no offense to the other weapons the Browns have on offense, Landry has been "the guy" when the offense needs a big play. And in Friday evening's intrasquad scrimmage in Berea, Landry proved why he led the league in catches last season and earned a lucrative contract extension upon arriving in Cleveland.

He caught a 36-yard touchdown pass from Tyrod Taylor during the scrimmage, and it wasn't just any touchdown catch. Landry stuck one hand out and hauled in the best catch of training camp, then threw the ball into the large crowd on hand for the practice.

"I don't believe there is (a ball I can't catch)," Landry said. "I pride myself on making any type of catch, anyway. We call it catch radius. Any ball thrown to me is a good ball."

Taylor and Landry hooked up for more than one highlight for the Browns, including another long touchdown catch. After all, they've been working on their chemistry since March, when they met in Miami and practiced their timing. And again in Southern California in July. And throughout training camp so far. It's been Taylor to Landry on repeat.

"We just find a way to make plays," Landry said.

The one-handed catch that had the crowd in a buzz was actually a result of a mistake Landry made while running his route. Landry said he started bending on his route too early, and it forced Taylor to throw around a linebacker. But with their chemistry, it was no issue at all: "Ty trusts me in those situations to make those type of plays," he said. "I can't let him down."

If anyone at the Browns facility was surprised at Landry's catch, it wasn't Browns coach Hue Jackson. He's seen enough of Landry already to never be caught off-guard when Landry makes a ridiculous catch.

"He does it every day," Jackson said. "He works at it. The guy will stay after and go to the JUGGS machine and catch anywhere from 200-300 balls. That is just how important it is to him. As you see, if the ball is anywhere around him, there is a good chance that he is going to come up with it."

When general manager John Dorsey traded for Landry in March, the Browns offense was immediately improved. Dorsey worked out a number of deals to add talent and experience to the roster, but arguably none has proven more important than Landry.

"You have a guy that you know that in crunch time you can get the ball to and there is a good chance that he is going to come up with it. You have to have that guy on your football team," Jackson said.

When it came to finding the end zone, the first-team offense struggled throughout the week, so much so that Jackson said the defense "dominated" team drills at Thursday's practice. Landry's catch wasn't just important for himself and Taylor, but also for the entire offense.

The biggest thing, Landry said, is trying to create momentum for the offense. Well, Landry's highlight ought to do the trick.

But don't try to tell Landry he's the superstar. He made sure to credit Taylor for what he did, as well.

"He's everything you ask for from a starting quarterback," Landry said.

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