With NFL training camp still a few weeks away, the New York Jets know that veteran safety Dawan Landry will hold down one of their starting safety spots, but it still remains to be seen who will start alongside him.
The leading contenders for the starting safety job are a pair of second-year guys who were late-round picks by the Jets last year, Antonio Allen and Josh Bush. The two are good friends, but they both know what’s at stake.
Allen and Bush have quickly learned that Landry’s a guy they can learn from. Even if it’s a competition, there’s a very good possibility that all three safeties will see regular playing time, possibly even in three-safety sets.
So perhaps unlike any other position battle in Jets camp, the young safeties have learned to lean on each other and help each other get better, in order to strengthen a Jets’ secondary that still has a lot to prove in 2013.
“I’m all up for it,” Allen said. “We’re all close in the DB room. … I’m just trying to come here and compete. I just try and do what I do best, and that’s make plays. Hopefully, me doing that will lock down that position.”
Throughout training camp, the 24-year-old Allen will get plenty of chances to make plays and show the Jets that he should be the guy to get the majority of reps alongside Landry. Bush will certainly make his case as well.
I can definitely foresee a scenario where the two young safeties split reps relatively evenly, in training camp and even after camp concludes. There are no shortage of defensive looks in Rex Ryan‘s playbook, after all.
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