NFL combine notebook: Jarvis Landry is open to anything

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU wide receiver Jarvis Landry (80) falls to his knees after scoring during the second half in Athens, Ga. Georgia won 44-41. Show caption
Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU wide receiver Jarvis Landry (80) falls to his knees after scoring during the second half in Athens, Ga. Georgia won 44-41.

INDIANAPOLIS — Jarvis Landry would play cornerback if he were asked to.

While he was clearly joking when he said that Saturday afternoon at Lucas Oil Stadium, the message the former LSU receiver conveyed was that he’ll do anything he needs to do to succeed in the NFL.

“I’m a selfless guy,” Landry said at the NFL Scouting Combine. “I’m a football player. I’m going to play special teams, I’m a hard runner going across the middle, I’m going to block for running backs. It doesn’t matter to me. My job is to work hard at everything I do.”

Both Odell Beckham Jr. and Landry said playing for the New Orleans Saints would be like playing at home. Beckham talked about his friendship with Landry on Friday, and Landry did the same when asked Saturday.

“It’s an interesting relationship,” Landry said about Beckham, whom he met when he was a high school sophomore. “We played against each other and then had the chance to go to LSU together. The things we’ve accomplished is surreal. Just that all the things we’ve talked about, we’ll be doing that and beginning a new career.

“I’m excited to see where he goes when he goes (in the draft), and he’s going to have a great career.”

Mettenberger healing fast

LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger said he’s recovering well from surgery to repair a torn ACL suffered Nov. 30.

“All the doctors said I’m progressing at a rapid pace so far,” he said. “I’m six weeks out from ACL surgery, doing a lot of stuff they haven’t seen before.

“It’s hard (and) you want to get down on yourself. You can’t. It’s just another obstacle, another piece of adversity I have to go through. I’ve been rehabbing really hard and doing everything I can do to get back as quickly as possible. That’s all I can control.”

Mettenberger also had to address an off-field incident: He pleaded guilty to misdemeanor sexual battery in 2010.

“All the guys that had incidents off the field,” he said, “it’s just something you’ve got to discuss with GMs and coaches.

“It’s stuff they want to hear from your mouth.”

As for his NFL preparation, former NFL coach and current LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron has been assisting Mettenberger.

“He’s worked with a lot of great coaches and quarterbacks,” Mettenberger said. “He taught me how to approach the game like a veteran when I was a senior in college.”

Turner workout results

LSU guard Trai Turner ran a 4.93-second 40-yard dash to start his combine workout Saturday. He posted 25 reps of 225 pounds in the bench press a day earlier.

McNeese State’s Nic Jacobs, who transferred from LSU, only did the bench press, and the tight end put up 15 reps.

Blue aiming for hot 40

LSU running back Alfred Blue said he hopes to run Sunday’s 40-yard dash in the 4.4-second range. After tearing his ACL in 2012, Blue’s role in 2013 was diminished as Jeremy Hill became LSU’s featured back.

“My knee feels great,” he said. “I feel great. I’m ready to show the scouts what I can do.”