NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas
He’s been a special-teamer. He’s been a dimeback. He’s been a nickelback. He’s been a cornerback. And while his role in Foxborough began as a minute one, Logan Ryan’s rise as a playmaker has been anything but.
After recording three tackles through his first six NFL games, the New England Patriots third-round pick broke out on a 79-yard interception returned for a touchdown versus the New York Jets in Week 7. A week later, he added 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble in just one half of play against the Miami Dolphins.
That nose for the football has followed Ryan through the final stretch of the 2013 campaign. In many ways, though, Ryan has followed it.
Over the rookie’s 359 defensive snaps since Oct. 27 – per Pro Football Focus – the Scarlet Knight has amassed an additional four interceptions and six pass deflections. But few were more pivotal than the handful that came in Week 16 against the Baltimore Ravens. (more…)