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Landry will play both safety spots

Jun 11, 2008, 9:20 PM EDT

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Will LaRon Landry be the Washington Redskins’ free safety this year, the position where he played his best ball after moving in after the loss of Sean Taylor?

Or will he play strong safety, the position he was drafted to play?

During this week’s OTA’s, we got the answer.


According to Steve Jackson, Landry will line up in the deep center of the field on passing downs. When the situation has the defense looking for the run, Landry will assume the traditional strong safety position, lining up in the box and coming on a blitz.

Playing such a swing role is something that not too many players can do. “Some guys are better suited for strong. Some are better suited for free,” Jackson said. “He’s one of the few guys who can play both.”

Dave Elfin’s article does not address who would be in the game along with Landry in those various situations. But it’s not hard to read the tea leaves and speculate.

When Landry is in the deep center field role, Reed Doughty, who became a starter when Landry moved over last year, would play the strong safety spot. When Landry is up close to the line, Stu Schweigert, a natural free safety, would go into the game.

Landry’s skill set gives Jackson and Greg Blache some other options. Schweigert and Landry could split the field in a cover two scheme on third and long. Landry and Doughty both might line up close to the line of scrimmage on short-yardage and goal line situations.

So, the where-to-play-Landry dilemma turns out to be no problem at all. Just put him where the action is going to be and fit the other players around him. Archives

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