Link: Dawan Landry ready to lead the safeties

There have been a lot of changes made to the defense, but the secondary will he one of the most changed. With a new cornerback to start the season opposite Cromartie, there will also be two new starters at the safety spot. Even so, Rex Ryan and Dennis Thurman are confident in former Raven Dawan Landry’s ability to pick up the game. According to Seth Walder and the Daily News, fellow safety Josh Bush has been impressed with Landry’s knowledge of the defense already.

“One of the first days in meetings, Rex asked him a question. And he hadn’t played for Rex for … years. He asked him a question, and I had to think about it, and it was something we did last year, and he knew the answer like this,” said Josh Bush as he snapped his fingers. “So I was like boom, that’s the guy you need to hang around.”

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

Landry’s strength tends to be in the box against the run, but he should be able to stand up in coverage too.  It’s true that Landry struggled with coverage last year in Jacksonville, but that’s to be expected on such a bad team.  When it comes to coverage, Landry tends to play to the level of the group, so alongside the strong secondary of the Jets, he should be fine.

That said, Ryan does like to mix up his safeties in terms of assignments as much as he can, and so much of that might be determined by the kind of summers that Josh Bush and Antonio Allen have.  Allen is penciled in as the team’s starter, and he has the athleticism to be a great player, but it will come down to his technique and doing his best to shadow a player like Dawan Landry as much as possible.