BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Former LSU teammate Jarvis Landry says La'el Collins was himself again Tuesday night after he and a group of players from the Miami Dolphins spent the evening with the undrafted offensive tackle who's hoping to sign with an NFL team as a free agent.
Landry says that wasn't the case on the phone before he flew to Baton Rouge along with former Tigers Kelvin Sheppard and Anthony "Freak" Johnson to encourage, recruit and show support for Collins.
Johnson took exception to WAFB's camera being in the parking lot where their meeting was taking place, but Landry says he felt compelled to see Collins, since his experience being implicated in the Shady's bar fight cast him in a similar light.
"I've been in this situation before, you know where you feel like all the odds are against you and all the pressure's on your back," said Landry. "So for me it was more knowing what I've been through, and sort of understanding his situation.
"So for me it was more listening, being able to understand you know, some of what he was going through. You know I think it took that really well. You know it was good to see him be himself."
On Monday night, Collins met with Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan.