In a season that featured injuries, new faces and a whole lot of tackling by the secondary, the New York Jets couldn’t have been more pleased with the outcome of a risky acquisition last offseason… safety LaRon Landry. He was recovering from an injury and taking longer than projected to return, but the Jets took a chance on the castoff from the Washington Redskins. I couldn’t be more literal in describing the “impact” Landry had on a team that lost its best player (Darrelle Revis) early in the season. What the team may have lacked in coverage with Kyle Wilson playing more snaps, Landry made up for with his hard-hitting style of play. He tallied 100 tackles, 4 forced fumbles, 2 interceptions and a touchdown in his solo season in Green and White, earning him a trip to the pro bowl.
The Jets are hoping lightning strikes twice as the team announced the signing of LaRon’s older brother, Dawan Landry. The Georgia Tech standout spent his first five seasons in Baltimore before joining the Jaguars in 2011. He’s started all 16 games in five of his last six seasons, hovering near or around 100 tackles in his last four. He’s always been a solid safety, and his 6’1” and 212lb frame doesn’t hurt either (unless you’re an opposing ball-carrier, of course).
Oddly enough, Dawan had 100 tackles for the Jaguars last season. I’ll need to check the tape to see how many players Dawan sent to the sidelines, as it became a weekly occurrence with LaRon patrolling Gang Green’s secondary. If it truly is all in the family, ball-carriers will need to have their head on a swivel when running free… because he WILL be coming. (CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO EVIDENCE)
-Joseph Haas Editor, HCoftheNYJ.com
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