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Yeremiah Bell | New York Jets

In their first season with Gang Green, safeties Yeremiah Bell and LaRon Landry are transforming the Jets defensive backfield into one of the league's most vaunted units.

Known less for his ball hawking skills and more for his hard hitting, LaRon Landry had a bit of an identity crisis on Sunday.

Landry recorded just two tackles in the New York Jets' 23-20 overtime victory over the Miami Dolphins, but he did something he's never done before – score a touchdown.

Landry intercepted Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill at the beginning of the second half and took it to the house, knotting the score at 10-10 and giving Gang Green a much-needed shot in the arm.

"I read Tanenhill's eyes," Landry said. "See what threats are coming to you and what's behind you. You can't just leave an open ball. I knew I could break in front of him. I knew I was able to get the ball. That was my whole mindset when I read on my threats. The goal was to come out there and get that ball."

The veteran safety had four interceptions and four fumble recoveries in six seasons with the Washington Redskins.

Landry's fellow defensive backfield mate, Yeremiah Bell, who is another veteran in his first season with the Jets, had a different kind of game Sunday, as well.

Bell, who was released by the Dolphins following the 2011 season after leading the team in tackles, spent his first eight seasons in Miami and was a fan favorite. However, he was more than happy to see the Dolphins end up on the losing side in this one. "It feels good to come back in here and get a heartfelt win," Bell said. "Nobody said it was going to be easy, so it feels good to have a win." Bell tallied seven tackles and one pass defensed in the victory over his former team, but he recognized that individually and collectively, the Jets looked pretty underwhelming. "At the end of the day, I do not think (Rex Ryan) can be too happy with our performance (Sunday)," Bell said. Bell and Landry should both see some added responsibility in helping the Jets' cornerbacks with coverage now that Darrelle Revis is done for the season with an ACL tear.

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