Steve Tasker: Cleveland Browns Wide Receiver Jarvis Landry's Hit Not Dirty

The Bills felt Jarvis Landry's preseason hit on Taron Johnson was dirty, but NFL on CBS analyst Steve Tasker didn't quite agree

Taz and the Moose
October 30, 2018 - 8:30 am

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Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry laid a vicious block on Bills rookie cornerback Taron Johnson during a preseason game last Friday, springing free Carlos Hyde for a 4-yard touchdown run. While many people praised Landry, a willing blocker, for the hit, others – such as Bills linebacker Lorenzo Alexander – called it dirty.

Was it?

“Well, it’s something they’re trying to take out of the game,” NFL on CBS analyst Steve Tasker said on Taz & The Moose. “I think it’s a hot subject with Landry because he ended Aaron Williams’ career with a block like that, a pretty devastating block, so it’s kind of a touchy subject with Buffalo and Jarvis Landry when he was with Miami.”

Indeed, Landry laid out Williams during a Week 7 game in 2016. Williams, who sustained a neck injury, was placed on injured reserve and retired that offseason.

Landry’s hit on Johnson wasn’t as devastating. Johnson, a fourth-round pick out of Weber State, was slow to get up and left the field with trainers, but returned to action later in the game.

“I think you got to be careful with those,” Tasker said, “but I have a hard time being angry about it. Knowing that’s how the game has been played for so long, guys played it that way. If they want to change it, change it.”

Tasker, a five-time All-Pro, delivered similar blocks in his career, which spanned 1985 to 1997.

“Absolutely,” he said. “Absolutely I have. It’s hard to feel bad about it. When you get out there, you want to take a shot. You feel as an offensive player they’re taking shots on you constantly. If you get a chance to get some of your own back, it’s hard not to do that. I also see the Bills’ side of it, too, but I have a hard time really getting too upset about it.”