The New York Jets made a needed addition to their perilously thin safety position today by signing veteran Dawan Landry, older brother of LaRon who was the team’s starting safety last season before moving on this off-season. Dawan has experience in Rex Ryan’s defense from his time in Baltimore and will immediately step into the starting line-up and give the Jets more flexibility in the upcoming NFL Draft.
Landry has been a starter in the NFL since his 2006 rookie season in Baltimore and spent five seasons with the Ravens, with his best stretch of play coming between 2009 and 2010. Over the course of those two seasons he racked up 200 tackles, 4 interceptions, 1 sack and 2 forced fumbles. Landry has not missed a start in his previous four seasons.
In 2011 he moved from Baltimore to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Over the past two years he has been their strong safety, finishing with 100 tackles and 1 interception in 2012. Pro Football Focus has him ranked much higher as a run-stopping safety than in pass coverage, similar to his brother. Look for Landry to play predominantly inside the box in the Jets scheme. This signing doesn’t mean the Jets still won’t address safety early in the Draft since they currently only have the inexperienced Antonio Allen and Josh Bush to pair with Landry.