NYP: Jets coaches comparing Landry to Ravens' Reed
CORTLAND — The Jets coaches love what they’ve seen from safety LaRon Landry so far in training camp.
“As good as Ed Reed is, we’ve never had an athlete like LaRon Landry that can do the things he can do,” said defensive backs coach Dennis Thurman, who along with Rex Ryan coached Reed with the Ravens. “He’s explosive.
He’s fast. He’s tough. He’s physical.”
The Jets signed Landry to a one-year, $3.5 million contract in March to help stabilize a position that was a weakness in 2011. Landry, who has not played a full season since 2008, is being brought along slowly by the Jets.
Ryan likes to say they have Landry on a “pitch count,” holding him out of some practices.
In the limited time Landry has been practicing, he has done enough for Thurman to see things that make him think he’s a better athlete than Reed.
“They’re different,” Thurman said. “Ed is a great ball-hawk. He can play center field. But LaRon Landry is a different animal. He is an explosive, fast athlete that can do a variety of things for us. I think with his addition, things are going to change back there.”
Landry is not the only safety the Jets feel good about. They also like Yeremiah Bell, their other free-agent signing. With Landry, Bell and Eric Smith, the Jets feel they have improved drastically in the defensive backfield.
“We haven’t had a group like this since we’ve been here,” Thurman said.
* WR Santonio Holmes (ribs) is unlikely to play Friday against the Bengals. Ryan said he won’t rule him out completely, but a source said Holmes will be out for at least a week.
Holmes injured his ribs in Saturday night’s scrimmage. Originally, Ryan thought Holmes had broken a rib but X-rays came back negative. Ryan said Holmes broke a rib in the past, and this is a related injury.
* It was a good day for the Jets’ top two draft picks. DE Quinton Coples, the team’s first-round pick, had two “sacks” in practice (players are not allowed to actually hit the quarterback). WR Stephen Hill, the second-round pick, had a couple of nice catches. One was a 50-yard bomb from Mark Sanchez during 7-on-7 drills. Hill beat CB Darrelle Revis on the play.
* C Nick Mangold is expected back at practice today after traveling to London to watch his sister, Holley, compete in the Olympics. ... WRs Scotty McKnight and DaMarcus Ganaway were waived. ... Holmes, NT Sione Po’uha (head), RT Wayne Hunter (back), WR Jeremy Kerley (hamstring), WR DaMarcus Ganaway (hamstring), OLB Ricky Sapp (undisclosed) and WR Dexter Jackson (undisclosed) did not practice. RB Terrance Ganaway started practice but left with hamstring tightness in both legs. RB Joe McKnight left practice with a stinger but said he is OK.