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Dawan Landry's answer drew a laugh from the gathered media.

Landry, a safety who on Saturday afternoon signed a free-agent contract with the Jaguars, attended his first Jaguars practice that night. Afterward, he was asked if he had played free or strong safety as a member of the Baltimore Ravens.

His reply?

"It was wherever Ed didn't want to be," he said.

The Ed to which he referred is Ed Reed, long one of the NFL's top safeties and an unquestioned leader of one of the NFL's most-feared defenses, something the Jaguars haven't been in recent seasons and something they hope the moves of recent days will perhaps allow them to be.

Landry. Cornerback Drew Coleman.

Linebackers Clint Session and Paul Posluszny.

The latter two signed Friday, with Landry and Coleman signing Saturday and attending practice for the first time that night. When Landry and Coleman spoke with the media following that evening's practice, they not surprisingly echoed the sentiments of Session and Posluszny the day before.

They're here to help the Jaguars win.

And while there will necessarily be an adjustment period, because they are veterans for the most part with extensive experience in successful situations they see no reason for that period to be particularly long.

"I'm excited about the direction it's going," Coleman said. "It's an excellent opportunity. I'm ready to get on the field, meet guys and get to know some of the defense."

Coleman, a sixth-year veteran who played collegiately at Texas Christian, was selected in the fifth round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the New York Jets. He played mostly nickel corner for the Jets, a role the Jaguars believe he can play well in their system.

"I know I'm going to have to come in and compete for the nickel job, and I'm definitely going to have to come in and contribute on special teams," Coleman said. "But like I told them, I just want to come in and be part of the organization and do what I can do for us, whether it's special teams, nickel, dime – whatever package they have for me, I'm open to coming in and being a team guy and contributing wherever I can."

Jaguars General Manager Gene Smith said throughout the off-season a focus for the team during free agency would be improving the second and third levels of the defense. Signing Posluszny and Session upgraded the second level -- middle and outside linebacker -- while the signing of Coleman gives the Jaguars the depth at cornerback Smith believes is vital in the modern NFL.

Another major area of off-season need in the third level, safety, was addressed with the signing of Landry, a starter for the Ravens since being selected in the fifth round of the 2006 NFL Draft from Georgia Tech. There, Landry played with Jaguars linebacker Daryl Smith, a player whom Landry said he looked up to in college.

The two texted while Landry was negotiating with the Jaguars.

"He shot me pretty straight," Landry said. "He told me he loved it here and that he'd love to have me. I just want to get with a team that's rebuilding and help the team anywhere I can."

Landry said he likes Session and Posluszny as players, and likes the way the Jaguars are building.

"I want to be a part of that," he said, adding of the Jaguars' practice Saturday, "I liked everything about it. It was fast. It was crisp. It kind of reminded me of Baltimore."

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