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Should LaRon Landry have been at Colts' OTAs?

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Through the first three phases of the Indianapolis Colts’ voluntary organized team activities, one important face has remained absent: LaRon Landry.

Landry isn’t the only player who has missed the team’s OTAs thus far, but those other players have also been nursing injuries or are being brought along cautiously following injuries and/or surgeries.

Landry historically does not attend team’s “voluntary” OTAs, as he works out on his own during the offseason. However, this year is a bit different.

As the team’s only clear-cut starting safety, Landry will be looked at to set an example for the younger safeties and develop a report with the candidates to take the starting role next to him. After all, chemistry with Landry will likely help determine who the coaching staff decides is the new starter. Simple things, such as hand signals, verbal calls or a simple nod.

Last season, Pro Football Focus (subscription required) ranked Landry 46th amongst the league’s safeties, and the team’s defense statistically finished 20th in the league in total defense.

Going into his second season in Chuck Pagano and Greg Manusky’s system, a full offseason of participation and bonding can go a long way towards success during the season.

We don’t know what goes on behind the scenes from player-to-player. Maybe Landry is watching film and in regular contact with players like Delano Howell and Sergio Brown, as well as veteran leaders like Robert Mathis and Cory Redding, but we have to absorb what we get at face value.

Despite his absence from voluntary workouts, there is no need to worry about Landry being present for this week’s mandatory minicamp (June 17-19) and training camp. However, if next season is a rocky one for the secondary, it’s the little things like this that will be dissected.