When the Tennessee Titans selected pass rusher Harold Landry in the second round of last year’s NFL Draft, many analysts saw him as a one-trick-pony who relied too heavily on his athleticism to get after the quarterback.

Heading into year two, Landry is looking to change that. He wants to develop secondary pass rush moves that can make him a more well-rounded player.

“I would say it’s definitely coming along,” Landry said. “With the addition of Cameron Wake, I’ve got to be able to go on both sides no matter the situation, I think it’s definitely coming along. My overall ability to build strength and explosiveness this offseason plays a part with that as well, and my technique as well.

“Being able to roll off and not thinking run, but just exploding off the ball and reacting to whatever comes, and I can play my moves off of that.”

Landry has spent a lot of time in the Titans building during the offseason working on his conditioning and body composition. He’s also used his time off to study some of the league’s best pass rushers in hopes of improving his own game.

“Our coaches did a good job,” Landry said, “of putting clips of Khalil Mack, Von [Miller], Dee Ford, all these different types of moves that I can start putting into my game on my iPad and me being able to watch them every single day and then go out on the field and work it live with the strength staff that we have here.”

With former Titans starters Derrick Morgan and Brian Orakpo no longer in the fold, Landry will be counted on in 2019 in a much bigger way than he was during his rookie season. That being the case, he’s looking to take his level of play up a few notches.

“No one sets higher expectations for me than myself,” Landry said. “I expect a lot from myself. That’s why I take this game so seriously…I expect myself to be a game changer, a playmaker out on the field that guys can look at me and not say, ‘oh, he can just get the job done.’ I want to get the job done and make plays be able to create turnovers, help our defense out to give our offense as many chances as possible.”

Titans defensive coordinator Dean Pees has liked what he’s seen so far this summer from Landry. “In Harold’s case,” he said, “I’ll tell you that after the season gets going to see if he’s developed that second pitch. I really can’t tell you right now…He’s doing that, he’s progressing that way.

“I’ve seen very few rookies come into the league and have a bunch of changeup pass rushes. There’s some, but they’re rare. He’s doing well, I’m really pleased with his production. He’s also learned how to play linebacker, which he didn’t really do at [Boston College] very much.”

“I do know that [Landry] has put a lot of time in and he’s worked hard with Frank [Piraino] and our weight staff,” said head coach Mike Vrabel. “He was in here a lot, and he understands, I think, after his first year in the NFL that players are bigger, they’re just stronger, and that he probably was going to have to be a little bigger and stronger himself to be able to withstand and be productive for us throughout the season.”

Something that will work in Landry’s favor as he looks to progress heading into his second year is the presence of veteran Cameron Wake, who seems to be taking the role of a mentor with many players on the Titans’ defense.

“I feel like I’m definitely in a blessed situation having all these guys, these veterans that have been in the league for so long,” Landry said. “Talking to [Wake] and how he goes about himself every day, and how seriously he takes nutrition and his body, just his overall flow and his personality in the meeting rooms and out. He’s been a great help for me, honestly, in how I go about the game.”

Time will tell whether Landry’s offseason work yields a return on the field, but he seems to be doing all the right things to make that happen.

Cover image: Brad Penner/USA Today

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