When I wrote for Bleacher Report, I talked to Landry just about every week to get his insight on various topics, usually regarding the Green Bay Packers.
But back in May, Landry underwent an aortic valve replacement and bypass procedure. Fortunately the procedure was a success and after some time off to recuperate, Landry is back on the air.
Plus, Landry operates a great website called LandryFootball.com where one can get inside information on how coaches, scouts and front office staff evaluate the players on their team.
One of the topics I wanted to discuss with Chris was the great play that rookie cornerback Quinten Rollins has exhibited so far this summer.
Landry had given me some insight on Rollins earlier this year before the draft and I wrote an article about that discussion.
Chris has always been very insightful with me in our discussions, and that is why I have had some success predicting who the Packers would take in the NFL draft.
This year was no exception, as I correctly predicted that the Packers would select not only Rollins, but also linebacker Jake Ryan.
Yes, sometimes a blind squirrel finds an acorn.
This week I mentioned to Landry that Rollins has had a very nice training camp thus far with the Packers, as has undrafted rookie cornerback LaDarius Gunter.
Landry was more than happy to talk about the two young corners that the Packers have added to their roster, along with first round draft pick Damarious Randall, who also has had success this summer at camp.
“I would love to,” Landry said speaking of Gunter and Rollins. “Gunter is a physical press corner who is the type of guy that [Dom] Capers likes.
“One of my best friends, who is a PGA pro, he’s my golf teacher actually, is from Wisconsin and from Green Bay. He’s a big Packer fan. He’s a LSU grad and he came down to LSU for school. Long-story-short, he was apoplectic about the draft, like ‘How could they draft this guy who has only played one year of football. He’s a basketball player!’
“I said to just watch, this guy can play. In fact, he’s got tremendous upside. When you come in the MAC conference and you are the Defensive Player of the Year and you’ve not played football, that says a lot!
“This rascal can turn and flip his hips and run. I’m not surprised that he has done a good job for them [the Packers]. And as good as he looks, I think he only gets better. Because as he starts to understand, which he has a very little clue about at this point, of understanding route concepts, understanding the nuances of coverages, just imagine.
“I mean, the physical skills are there. Once he’s able to improve his technique and have a better understanding about how to play, I think they [the Packers] got themselves a really good player.
“When I’ve broken him down the past couple of weeks, he has been nothing short of outstanding. One of the more impressive rookies who I have seen.”
That is some high praise for Rollins coming from Landry. When the Packers lost both Tramon Williams and Davon House to free agency, there was certainly concern about how the cornerback position would be affected.
After the loss of Williams and House, the Packers only had two veterans to man the position, Sam Shields and Casey Hayward, along with first-year player Demetri Goodson.
Now with the addition of Rollins, Randall and Gunter, a perceived weakness may now become a strength for the Packers in 2015.