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Logan Ryan burst onto the scene during his rookie season, collecting five interceptions and 1.5 sacks. Like fellow Rutgers alum Devin McCourty, he might be packing up his cornerback skills and moving to safety. Karen Guregian from the Boston Herald has more on the proposed change:
According to a source, Ryan would take on the free safety role, while Devin McCourty would move to strong safety.
Why would this work? Ryan’s ball-hawking skills are obvious. He’s instinctive and plays well in space, much like McCourty. He could also play in the slot, but there’s a logjam with Kyle Arrington and Alfonzo Dennard competing for that role, once Browner completes his four-game NFL drug suspension.
The Patriots like what Ryan brings, and want to get him on the field. So assuming he makes the transition, and outplays fellow second-year Rutgers product Duron Harmon, this looks like an alternative that would not only get him on the field, but take advantage of his abilities.
As Guregian mentioned, Ryan still has to beat out Duron Harmon for the job. If Ryan ends up as the replacement for veteran Steve Gregory, look for Harmon to reprise his role as the third safety.