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Welcome to the Jets, LaRon Landry

By Alan Schechter

November 6, 2011; Landover, MD, USA; San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore (21) runs with the ball as Washington Redskins strong safety LaRon Landry (30) defends in the second quarter at FedEx Field. The 49ers won 19-11. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE

One of the biggest needs of the Jets offseason has been the gaping hole at safety. After the performance of Eric Smith, the hole is big, and needed to be fixed fast. So the biggest signing the Jets have made this offseason, not named Tim Tebow, is at the safety position. Welcome to the Jets, LaRon Landry.

Landry played his college football at LSU, where he amassed 12 interceptions, 3rd in school history. He was chosen by the Redskins with the 6th pick of the 2007 NFL draft.

He started all 16 games for the Redskins each of his first 2 seasons, 2007 and 2008. Over that time he knocked down 17 passes to go along with 2 INTs. He played free safety, so he had a bit more freedom to “ball hawk”.

Back at his natural position of strong safety in 2009, he had 6 passes defended to his credit. He was playing at what was called a “pro bowl level” in 2010, with 8 passes defended and an INT, before injury shortened his season to only 9 games. He was quite limited in 2011 when injuries held him back to only 8 games.

Here are some highlights from Landry’s career, college and pro:

He’s definitely a big hitter, time will tell how well he plays the ball, if he stays healthy.