Dawan Landry is entering his second season with the New York Jets after spending the previous two with the Jacksonville Jaguars, preceded by a five-year stint with the Baltimore Ravens. Landry, a hard-hitting strong safety, is coming off a stellar 2013, when he recorded 100 tackles after being re-united with former Ravens defensive coordinator (now Jets head coach) Rex Ryan. Landry inked a two-year deal with the Jets in 2013.
Early Years & College
Landry was born in Ama, La., on Dec. 30, 1982. He attended Hahnville High where he was a star quarterback, beating teams with both his arm and legs. Landry compiled 1,291 passing yards and 1,575 rushing yards as a senior. After graduating, Landry went to Georgia Tech where he moved to safety after one year spent red-shirting and quarterbacking the scout team offense. In four years at Tech, Landry amassed 250 tackles (20.5 for loss) and seven interceptions.
The Ravens selected Landry in the fifth round of the 2006 NFL draft (146th overall). Landry made an immediate impact, starting alongside Ed Reed as a rookie, finishing with 69 tackles, five interceptions and earning a vote for Defensive Rookie of the Year. Despite a promising start to 2008, Landry suffered a near-fatal spinal injury that ended his season. In 2009, he bounced back with 89 tackles and led the Ravens in interceptions en route to the Ed Block Courage Award. In parts of five seasons in Baltimore, Landry recorded 362 combined tackles.
Landry cashed in with Jacksonville thanks to a five-year, $27 million contract and didn’t disappoint. He started all 32 games in two seasons there, racking up 197 tackles and three interceptions, but the small-market team was forced to cut salary after the 2012 season.
New York Jets
Landry has quickly developed into a mentor and leader in the defensive secondary in New York. He started all 16 games in 2013, finishing with 100 combined tackles, one sack and one interception. At 31, he is still one of the NFL’s biggest playmakers.