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Jets safety Dawan Landry _ 'The Mentor' _ has been the glue in a turbulent secondary

  • New York Jets' Dawan Landry (26) tackles Oakland Raiders' Brian Leonhardt (87) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

    New York Jets' Dawan Landry (26) tackles Oakland Raiders' Brian Leonhardt (87) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)  (The Associated Press)

  • New York Jets strong safety Dawan Landry (26) celebrates with teammate Quinton Coples (98) after sacking Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    New York Jets strong safety Dawan Landry (26) celebrates with teammate Quinton Coples (98) after sacking Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)  (The Associated Press)

  • Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) looks to pass as he is sacked by New York Jets' Dawan Landry (26) during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) looks to pass as he is sacked by New York Jets' Dawan Landry (26) during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)  (The Associated Press)

Veteran safety Dawan Landry has been the glue in the New York Jets' otherwise turbulent secondary.

In his second season with the Jets, Landry is known to his teammates as "The Mentor," the player the other defensive backs look to when they need some help. And the Jets have needed plenty during the last several weeks.

A few cornerbacks were injured, including Dee Milliner, and another projected starter — Dimitri Patterson — was cut after being suspended for leaving the team for 48 hours without permission. Safety Antonio Allen has been playing cornerback, and rookie Calvin Pryor is learning life in the NFL as a safety.

Through it all, Landry, even when it appeared his job could be in jeopardy, has been a constant in Rex Ryan's secondary.

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