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LaRon Landry Named NFC Defensive POW

LaRon Landry is having a breakout season, and now everyone knows it

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    TK
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    Washington Redskins safety LaRon Landry warms up before an NFL preseason football game against Baltimore Ravens in Landover, Md., on Saturday, Aug.. 21, 2010. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    On Sunday, LaRon Landry forced a fumble on the Packers' opening drive, intercepted an Aaron Rodgers pass on their last, and spent the time in between generally wrecking shop.

    On Wednesday he was rewarded by being named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week.

    Landry's monster season might be the result of his sartorially splendid "grown man weight" lifting regimen. Or perhaps it's the shirts with fringe.  Well, it's even more likely thanks to a switch back from free safety to his natural position of strong safety. He says the Redskins' new, aggressive 3-4 defense helps, too.

    "This defense fits me well," said Landry, who turns 26 Thursday. "It enables me to be close to the line of scrimmage and play physical. I don't have too many reads, just fly around and make tackles, break on the ball and be instinctive."

    It's been a pretty amazing season so far for a guy considered a bust just months ago. He notched a game-high 13 tackles Sunday (10 solo), and is second in the NFL in tackles with 52.

    Add in four passed deflected, one forced fumble, a sack, and an interception, and there's no doubt things are finally coming together for LaRon Landry.

    Now if the Redskins could just do that with the rest of the 2007 draft class...oh. They're nearly all gone.