Jarvis Landry hasn't had many fans in Buffalo since 2016, when he laid down a brutal crackback block on Bills safety Aaron Williams while playing as a member of the Miami Dolphins.
The hit all but ended Williams' career, but it hasn't made Landry shy of contact. He pulled off nearly the same move on another Bills defender in Friday night's preseason game against the Cleveland Browns, this time rookie cornerback Taron Johnson.
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Landry caught the unexpecting Johnson focusing on the Browns running back, who had just received the handoff, when he flew in from his outside position to lay down a devastating crackback block. The block paid off, as Carlos Hyde ran into the end zone for the Browns' first points of the game.
Williams retweeted the video of the hit, adding, "No comment" and a facepalm emoji.
"That's ridiculous because if a defensive player did that to an offensive player, he's getting ejected," safety Micah Hyde said. "I don't care if he led with his shoulder or not. He's coming all the way from No. 1, passed the numbers and flying down onto the hashes and cleaning up somebody. It's the same exact play Aaron Williams got hit on a couple years back and it basically ruined his career. To me, that's BS. You can't do that."
"Some of those plays, Aaron Williams, Taron, I think he has other ones, they're just dirty," linebacker Lorenzo Alexander said to ESPN's Mike Rodak. "The league needs to do a better job of calling penalties on those type of plays. Defenders get called on them all the time on stuff that is probably less egregious as that. We need to protect everybody, not just offensive guys."
"We scored a touchdown and that's what it takes sometimes," Landry said.