Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Allen welcomes 'healthy competition' with Bush


Veteran safety Dawan Landry will fill the void in the New York Jets' defensive backfield left by his brother, LaRon. But the other starting centerfield job is up for grabs.

2012 draft picks Antonio Allen and Josh Bush are sharing reps at safety during offseason activities as defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman and head coach Rex Ryan decide who will set up shop as the starter next to Landry.

Allen recently told Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger that Thurman hasn't officially declared war between the two, but the battle has obviously begun. (photo: Matt Britt, Flickr)

"I can see it out there on the field, you know?" Allen said. "He takes me out, puts Josh in. He takes Josh out, puts me in. So, it's a healthy competition at the end of the day."

Allen and Bush were drafted in the seventh and sixth rounds, respectively, and became good friends last offseason. They both contributed on special teams in 2012 but are aware a huge opportunity is in front of them.

The Jets could certainly stand to have one of the two, or former Philadelphia Eagles' Jaiquawn Jarrett, step up and run away with the task, as the body replacing the departed veteran Yeremiah Bell will have some big shoes to fill.

"We're all close in the DB room but obviously someone needs to get the start," Allen said.

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