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LaRon Landry: Early Candidate for NFL Defensive POY?

So far in this early NFL season, all LaRon Landry has done for the washington Redskins is EVERYTHING.

He leads the Redskins in tackles(52), and is second in the NFL in that same catagory. He has 1 sack, but that doesn't quite do him justice. He has harassed opposing quarterbacks each week, and has caused many mistakes by his presence in the backfield.

Landry has 1 forced fumble to his credit, and 1 interception. His interception of Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers couldn't have come at a better time. While tied in overtime, Landry made a spectacular diving interception, that gave the Redskins the ball in descent field position, and ultimately lead to Gano's winning field goal.

LaRon also brings a presence to the Redskins secondary as a feared hitter. Receivers always need to have their head on a swivel when he is in coverage. Some of the hits he has given this season are eye-opening.

Coming off a sub-par season in 2009, where he was asked to play free safety, Landry vowed to return to his old form. He was an impact player early in his career, while playing next to pro bowl free safety Sean Taylor. Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett has moved Landry back to his natural position of strong safety, and the move has paid off for the Redskins. LaRon has taken advantage of the opportunities he has been given in this new defense, and is truely coming into his own.

Just how far will that take him? One can only watch, enjoy, and route for the best.