NEPD Editor: Doug Kyed
According to James Walker from ESPN, the Patriots and Jets, two needy teams at safety, are competing for former Washington Redskins SS LaRon Landry.
Something smells a little fishy to me though.
Landry has only played 17 games over the last two seasons, and 16 of those were at strong safety.
Landry started his career out at SS, but when Sean Taylor was tragically murdered in 2007, made the switch over to FS.
He starred as a FS in both of those seasons, being named a Pro Bowl alternate in his first two seasons. In 2009, he struggled, and was moved back to SS in 2010.
Since making the move back to his natural position, and getting bigger and bigger, Landry’s pass coverage skills have diminished. The Patriots love players who can play both safety positions, and to me, that’s not Landry at this point in his career.
Landry almost plays safety like a linebacker at this point, staying inside the box as a hard hitter and run defender. He’s strong against the run, but will struggle in pass coverage.
To me, this seems like a bit of a smoke screen by the Patriots. It’s rare for information to leak from the organization unless they’re trying to leak it. Landry seems like a classic Jets signing, and perhaps the Patriots are trying to drive up his price to make the Jets overpay.
If New England can get Landry to cut some weight, aka those biceps, he may be able to transition back to a dual role of FS and SS, but if not, I see him as strictly a SS, which is where Patrick Chung plays his best football as well.