GREEN BAY, Wisc. – The moment – his first game, at Lambeau Field – wasn’t too big for Titans rookie linebacker Harold Landry.
But the team’s promising draft pick admitted he had a few anxious moments in pregame.
“I was a little nervous when I came out, because I was shocked at how many people were here,” Landry said. “But after kickoff, it was just playing football again. I just told myself I belong here, I belong in this environment, and I made the best of it.”
Yes, he did.
Landry started his NFL career with a bang. The second-round pick recorded a sack and a forced fumble in the team’s preseason opener against the Packers.
The Titans hope it’s a sign of things to come in 2018.
“Definitely going against Taylor Lewan every day in practice, it can make things a lot easier on game days because not a lot of guys can come off the ball like he can,” Landry said. “All that work, and all the work I put in, and all the tips I’ve received from the vets, has helped out.”
Landry sacked Packers quarterback Brett Hundley in the first quarter of the team’s eventual 31-17 loss to the Packers. He exploded off the edge – past Packers tackle Kyle Murphy – and got to Hundley, knocking the ball out.
Landry immediately looked for the football, but it had been recovered by then by a Packer.
He received congratulations from his teammates on the field, and from his coaches and more teammates when he got to the bench.
Landry started the game for the Titans opposite linebacker Derrick Morgan. He’s benefited from extra reps with linebacker Brian Orakpo sidelined for most of training camp so far.
Recording a sack the first time out should serve as a confidence booster for Landry, a second-round pick by the Titans in the 2018 NFL Draft.
“For sure, but no one sets higher expectations for myself than myself,” he said. “I want to be a guy this team can count on, not just to be a guy that’s out there, but to go out there and help this team win.”
With one game under his belt, Landry is already looking forward to Week 2 of the preseason.
His main goal is to be ready to contribute in a big way when the regular season begins.
He’s off to a nice start.
“It was an awesome experience, in a lit environment,” Landry. “I was surprised how many people were at the first preseason game at Lambeau Field. Now I finally got the first sack out of the way, and I can focus on getting better each day.”
The Tennessee Titans open the 2018 preseason against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. (Photos: Donn Jones, AP)
The Titans prepare to take on the Green Bay Packers in the preseason opener for both teams Thursday night at Lambeau Field. (Photos: Donn Jones, AP)