Monday, July 29, 2013

How Jets' safety competition is shaping up


Dawan Landry was an instant starter the second the New York Jets signed the veteran safety and brother of former Jet LaRon Landry.

The other safety job, however, was expected to be between Josh Bush, Antonio Allen and Jaiquawn Jarrett. That competition is now down to two.

Jets coach Rex Ryan told reporters Monday that Bush is slotted as Landry's backup, leaving Allen and Jarrett to fight over the open gig. Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News tweeted that it "sounds like" Allen is leading the race.

Jarrett is viewed as a better over-the-top option as opposed to Allen, who is stronger against the run. Landry is more of a strong safety himself, so Ryan has an interesting call to make. He does know a thing or two about putting defensive players in the best position to succeed, so we'll see how it plays out.

LaRon Landry and Yeremiah Bell were the starting centerfielders in their first and only season as Jets last year, and Ryan worked with various combinations of safeties before them.

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