Second-year cornerback Logan Ryan is saying all the right things as he enters another season with the New England Patriots. The product out of Rutgers has been the center of talks involving a potential position switch to safety ever since the team signed cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner. Those talks have been put on hold, but according to a report by NESN on Thursday, Ryan is open to playing wherever the team needs him.
After a promising rookie season, Ryan finds himself suddenly part of a deep and talented defensive backfield. The team still has a hole to fill at safety but is hoping the signing of Patrick Chung and another year of experience for Duron Harmon can help stabilize the position. Converting Ryan to safety is now the team’s backup plan, which the young cornerback is open to.
“We’ll see how it goes,” Ryan said at Gillette Stadium. “I haven’t heard anything like that yet. I’m out here just focused on getting better, and I’ve always considered myself a defensive back. We’re always going to have the best 11 players on the field, so position, whatever it may be, doesn’t really affect me much as long as it helps the team and we have the best players on the field, then I don’t have a problem with anything.”
Ryan’s versatility and attitude is what already makes him a valuable member of the Patriots’ defense. During his rookie season he had five interceptions, 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble. He was able to play outside cornerback and in the slot effectively which is why he is the player Bill Belichick is looking at to make the possible conversion. Ryan is also learning from Browner and Revis about the craft of playing cornerback while he teaches the Patriots’ defense. Intelligence, physicality, confidence and versatility are the intangibles that make Logan Ryan a player to watch this year.