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Which New York Jets Veteran Has Impressed Most in Camp?

Aug 15, 2012; Cortland, NY, USA; New York Jets linebacker Bart Scott (57), defensive back LaRon Landry (30) and linebacker Ricky Sapp (55) ride stationary bikes during training camp at SUNY Cortland. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-US PRESSWIRE
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Aidan MackieSenior Analyst IAugust 17, 2012

The public and media can not get enough of the saga known as New York Jets' training camp. 

From the massive 20-player brawl last week to Tim Tebow's much-scrutinized shirtless jog in the rain, Cortland has seen more media coverage than any other training camp in the NFL

Despite the numerous conflicts that have been widely reported, the Jets have also seen their share of positives. 

One of these positives is the performance of veteran safety LaRon Landry.

Landry has been far-and-away the best player in Jets' training camp so far. 

Despite missing the first week of practice recovering from an Achilles heel injury he suffered last year, Landry's impact on the defense is unprecedented. 

The 27-year-old has impressed so much in training camp that the Jets coaching staff has compared him to the mighty Ed Reed.

"As good as Ed Reed is," said defensive backs coach Dennis Thurman, "we've never had an athlete like LaRon Landry that can do the things he can do."

Thurman coached Reed in Baltimore earlier in his career, so his comparisons between the All-Pro safety and Landry aren't completely futile.

Rex Ryan, another former coach of Ed Reed, also praised Landry's play thus far.  

Landry, who signed a one-year, $3.5 million deal with New York this offseason, has struggled with injuries throughout his career, but he has the potential to be a superstar player when on the field. 

The former Redskins star is a physical freak. He ran a ridiculous 4.37 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine, and he can lift an unbelievable 425 pounds on the bench press.

Landry's physicality is unmatched on the football field. He has the ability to be a huge factor in Rex Ryan's blitz packages, as well as in pass coverage. 

Earlier this week, the former first-round pick vowed to get physical with opposing tight ends. That kind of play is desperately needed by a Jets secondary that struggled defending the interior passing game last season.

Landry's goal for this year is too be a complete defensive player. 

"I'm trying not to be one-dimensional," explained Landry, "I love to do it all—man-to-man coverage, blitzing, whatever."

So far this season, Landry is living up to his own aspirations. 

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