Thursday, June 21, 2012

Landry: Jets' cornerback situation a 'safety's dream'


LaRon Landry will be in a sort of dreamland when he takes the field for the Jets in 2012.

Landry, a former first-round draft pick of the Redskins (No. 6 overall, 2007) signed with Gang Green in March to improve a thin safety corps that wasn't going to see the return of fan-favorite but oft-injured Jim Leonhard.

The hard-hitting safety, who is recovering from an Achilles injury from a season ago, is excited about the prospect of playing in the defensive backfield between the widely-regarded best cornerback in football in Darrelle Revis and a better-than-average corner in Antonio Cromartie.

In fact, the Jets' top three cornerbacks, rounded out by third-year player Kyle Wilson, were all selected in the first round of their respective drafts.

"That's a safety's dream," Landry told Eric Allen of "... they just enable you to play football and do what you got to do, just knowing that those guys are going to handle the receivers. This is a great defense."

Landry will be part of a sort of three-way safety rotation also consisting of Eric Smith and former Dolphin Yeremiah Bell. With Smith's inconsistency and Bell's aging, Landry will have every opportunity to earn more than an ample amount of playing time.

"I've been a fan of Coach Rex (Ryan), the defense, guys on the defense," Landry said. "So I'm looking forward to adding a little of my touch to it."

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