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Jarvis Landry excited by Kevin Stefanski's 'selfless' approach

Jarvis Landry’s been busy, and this week is no different.

Last week, he was dominating in dodgeball and playing in his fifth Pro Bowl. This week, he's in a familiar place, Miami, making the rounds at Super Bowl LIV before he attends NFL Honors on Saturday. There, he'll learn if he's the winner of either NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year or Microsoft's Anything But Ordinary Award.

Still, there's been time to talk, and that's exactly what he's done with new Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski. During a Wednesday interview on NFL Network, Landry said the two have conversed multiple times since Stefanski took on the role earlier this month. 

Stefanski's message to Landry about hard work has been simple and appreciated. Landry, though, pointed to an answer Stefanski has given during the two press conferences he's done in recent weeks as what he likes most about the team's new leader.

"The best thing about him, the only message he's really brought to me is let's get ready to work. That's one thing I admire about him and his approach," Landry said. "I've watched a couple of his press conferences and listening to how he talks about if he's going to call plays or not. He just says, 'I just want to do what's best for the team, for the guys. Whatever helps the guys.' That's really important for me to have a guy who's selfless like that and humble given his history."

Check out photos of Nick Chubb, Jarvis Landry and Joel Bitonio at the Pro Bowl in Orlando, Florida

Stefanski was the Vikings' offensive coordinator in 2019 and had plenty of success in his first full year in the position. He just hasn't committed either way to calling plays in his new role with the Browns, something many coaches with an offensive background often do.

"I have had really good conversations with a bunch of head coaches, some that have called the plays, some that have not," Stefanski said at his introductory press conference. "I just think we need to work through that as we put our staff together. Again, I am all about what is best for the Cleveland Browns. If that is me calling the plays, great. If it is not, I am fine with that, too."

Whatever leads to more wins is what Landry can get behind.

The talented wide receiver is coming off one of the best individual seasons of his career after leading the Browns in most receiving categories. He caught 83 passes -- two more than his 2018 total on 11 fewer targets -- for a career-best 1,174 yards and six touchdowns. His 564 career receptions are the most-ever by a wide receiver in his first six seasons.

Landry, though, would trade it all for more opportunities in the postseason, where he's appeared just once. His optimism hasn't been hindered, even though he admits it's "tough" to participate in all of the festivities surrounding the Super Bowl while knowing he won't be playing in the game Sunday.

"I think the biggest thing for us is just getting healthy. It's a long season and the NFL has a 100 percent injury rate," Landry said. "We had a lot of guys banged up this year, so it's great. We're making changes. We've got a new head coach and trying to figure out who we want to be, who we're going to be, get all the guys back and get rolling again."