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Jets' Buster Skrine faces challenge from Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry

New York Jets defensive back Buster Skrine (41)

New York Jets defensive back Buster Skrine (41) at the practice facility in Florham Park on Wednesday August 5th, 2015. Photo Credit: Andrew Theodorakis

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Buster Skrine's London itinerary is fairly light. He plans to sleep on the plane, which was scheduled to take off about 7:30 Thursday night, and perhaps even forgo an in-flight movie. On Saturday, he'll consider wearing special tinted glasses, meant to combat the effects of jet lag. He might even do a little clothes shopping, he said.

On Sunday, he'll be thrust into possibly the most pivotal defensive role for the Jets in their visit to England: containing Dolphins wideout Jarvis Landry.

"Seeing what Buster will do will be very interesting for us,'' defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers said before heaping praise on Landry, a second-year player from LSU who is fast and versatile, with a knack for crafty route-running.

Landry primarily lines up in the slot (although he's been given a few more opportunities outside this season), and as the slot cornerback, that is Skrine territory.

"He's like a Steve Smith'' of the Ravens, Skrine said, unknowingly echoing a comparison coach Todd Bowles made about a half-hour earlier. "He's trying to get as much YAC as he can. He's a fighter and I respect his game.''

Landry has been a nuisance for opponents this season, making 24 catches (tied for sixth in the league) for 230 yards. He's tied for 12th among receivers in yards after catch with 103. With cornerbacks Antonio Cromartie (hip) and Darrelle Revis (hamstring) a little banged up, Skrine's role becomes even more significant.

Cromartie had a full practice Thursday, although Bowles said he was held out of a few plays. Revis was limited, but Bowles indicated that Revis likely will play.

Landry "is a good guy for them, Buster is a good guy for us, so we'll just let it play out,'' Bowles said.

"[Landry] is tough. He's quick. He's mentally tough. You face those type of receivers, he's got a Steve Smith-type of attitude, because you know he's never going to back down and he's never going to quit. They move him around a lot and they don't let you get a bead on him. It presents quite a few challenges, getting a bead on this guy. It's going to be a good matchup.''

Skrine will have to adapt to the size difference -- he's 5-9, 185, two inches shorter and about 20 pounds lighter than Landry -- but otherwise looked forward to the matchup. He also acknowledged that Landry's growing versatility means that although Skrine is the guy, he likely won't be the only guy.

"He's their favorite guy on offense,'' he said of Landry. "They'll have him in the backfield, sometimes they'll line him up at 'X.' They line him up everywhere. He's a versatile player . . . He's really crafty. I like the way he plays.''

But even with all that, Skrine won't lose any sleep over covering Landry. He said he falls asleep easily and won't be too bothered by the jet lag from crossing five time zones. And he's not worried about the on-field stuff, either.

"One thing I do is I compete, no matter who it is,'' Skrine said. "I compete with everybody the exact same, so I could be going against Calvin Johnson, anybody, it doesn't matter. Anybody.''


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