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Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Reed: Landry was key piece for Ravens

By Paul Kuharsky

Dawan Landry was effective for the Jaguars in his debut Sunday.

His old partner at safety, Ed Reed, had nothing but praise for him on Wednesday.

Dawan Landry
Dawan Landry had a solid debut with the Jaguars, recording eight tackles.
Landry left Baltimore after five seasons for free-agency riches from the safety-needy Jags: five years, $27.5 million including $10.5 million guaranteed.

Reed said he still talks to Landry once in a while and checked in with him after Sunday’s game to see how he came out of it physically.

“I know he’s going to be a great player because Dawan is a professional,” Reed said in a conference call with Nashville reporters. “He studies tape, he knows how to read offensive formations and stuff like that. So he’s going to put himself in the right place in the scheme to make sure he’s able to make a play.”

Reed said he expects Landry to get some notoriety as a member of the Jaguars.

“He definitely deserves it,” Reed said. “He helped hold this secondary together just as well as I did. Dawan was a very important piece of our defense. It’s just the nature of our business that you’ve got to make decisions for your family. He understood that, he made the best decision for his family and for himself and he’s in a good place in Jacksonville.”

The Ravens now have Tom Zbikowski starting opposite Reed.

Meanwhile, Landry is Jacksonville's anchor at safety. He's been working with Courtney Greene, but late-addition Dwight Lowery is also in the mix and the team put three safeties on the field at times in the win over Tennessee.