Saturday, November 04, 2006

Where are they now - Gerris Wilkinson / Dawan Landry

Both these guys had great games last weekend. Landry had a pick-6 against his hometown New Orleans Saints.:

Landry, who is from the New Orleans suburb of Ama, is starting at strong safety after being drafted in the fifth round out of Georgia Tech. He is the older brother of LSU senior defensive back LaRon Landry,

Dawan Landry intercepted two passes Sunday, returning one of them 12 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter. "The defensive line had a great pass rush and Brees got hit when he threw it," Landry said. "I was just at the right place at the right time." It had not been certain Landry would be able to play Sunday. He had injured a knee two weeks ago in a game against Carolina. "I just rehabbed real hard the last two weeks," Landry said. "The bye week really helped. I just came out here and gave my best effort."

Landry now has three interceptions on the season. "It felt real good to have friends and family in the crowd," he said. "It was just nice to get a win."

Gerris Wilkinson also had a nice day getting a chance to play when the starting LB was injured:

Maybe Gerris Wilkinson had it easier. The third-round pick didn't have time to think about his big chance. Brandon Short went down with a right quadriceps strain midway through the first quarter. Suddenly, Wilkinson had to be strong at weak-side linebacker for a first-place team.

"I was just like, 'It's time to go. It's time to go to play,' " Wilkinson said. The two rookies went out to play and held up their end just fine in the Giants' fourth straight win, a 17-3 decision. And Wilkinson made three tackles, including one for a loss on a third-down pass play, broke up another pass and forced a fumble.

Wilkinson was quite a good player at Georgia Tech, finishing as the Yellow Jackets' leading tackler the last two years as their middle linebacker. His only extensive play on defense with the Giants came in the fourth quarter at Seattle in Week 3 after Carlos Emmons got hurt.

But here he was, breaking up a pass to Alex Smith on first-and-10 at the Giants 37 late in the first half; dragging down Smith for a 1-yard loss on short pass in the right flat on third-and-five at the Giants 43 in the third quarter; and stripping Anthony Becht at the Giants 48 after a reception later in the quarter, although Tampa Bay recovered.

"I just wanted to go in there and not let there be any drop-off, just go in there and make a couple of plays and fit right in," Wilkinson said. "I think I did pretty solid."

Congrats to both former Jackets, who continue to show scouts that it is a mistake to underestimate the talent of the kids coming out of the ATL...........................