New York Jets' Dawan Landry Embracing Mentor Role With Calvin Pryor

By Luis Tirado Jr.
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There is a possibility in which a weakness could be exploited when it comes to the New York Jets‘ defense. You see, while the Jets are set with their cornerback situation in Dee Milliner and Dimitri Patterson, the players they select to start at safety could spell either dominance or disaster for the unit.

It’s expected that first-round draft pick Calvin Pryor will be partnered up with Antonio Allen to create an incredibly fast and hard-hitting duo, but that is of course dependent on just how well (or poorly) Dawan Landry performs between now and the start of the season.

Landry could unfortunately be the odd man out of the Jets’ defensive secondary. He wasn’t extraordinary last season, but did just enough to keep him serviceable. Since the Jets love what they see with the tandem of Pryor and Allen, Landry has been utilized in a mentor role for both. In addition to providing quality depth at the position, he’s incredibly smart and has been a great teacher in molding Pryor for his eventual NFL debut.

Pryor is a talented athlete with a solid reputation of hitting his opponents with incredible power. If he’s not developed properly, he could either get injured or have a decline in play due to recklessness or being overwhelmed by what awaits him in the world of professional football. Landry has so far been able to prepare him for what is coming his way in just a little over a month, and has embraced the mentor role well.

As it’s a crucial time for Pryor’s development, the team can thank Landry if it does pay off in the end and he lives up to his nickname of “Bonecrusher.” In the end, Landry might not be a dominant starter like in the past, but he’s still proving his worth to the Jets by playing an integral part in the overall development of Pryor.

Though most eyes are on a similar situation at quarterback between Michael Vick and Geno Smith, this mentoring role might be even more important for the Jets.

Luis Tirado Jr. is a New York Jets writer for Follow him on Twitter, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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