Landry and Yeremiah Bell are tougher against the pass than a lot of people give them credit for, so there is all the potential for Dennis Thurman to be right on the money in his assessment of the safety position.
Other points he made included the that Ellis Lankster is number 4 on the depth chart at corner for now, as is Josh Bush at the safety position(if Landry is healthy). Thurman loves the athleticism of his corners, and judging from minicamp, I agree.
With Jim Leonard no longer around, coach Thurman stated that Eric Smith has become the new “quarterback” of the defensive backfield.
It’s a great thing when veterans take a lead role in teaching younger players. Sometimes, you learn from your peers better than from your bosses. As long as Smith doesn’t show them how to take bad angles on running plays (see Tebow’s TD in the Denver game), the Jets will benefit from his teaching.
Anything to make the defense better can only be a positive.