Logan Ryan solidified himself as one of the NFL's more dependable cornerbacks with the New England Patriots, but his four-year run with the AFC powerhouse came to an end Thursday when he signed with the Tennessee Titans.
Ben Volin of the Boston Globe noted "Titans GM Jon Robinson signs Logan Ryan, one of the last players he drafted as Patriots director of college scouting in 2013."
A 2013 third-round draft pick, Ryan didn't take long to establish himself as a valuable member of New England's defensive backfield. In 16 games during his rookie season, the Rutgers product tallied 47 total tackles to go with 1.5 sacks, 10 defended passes and a career-high five interceptions.
Ryan later emerged as an indispensable and versatile player in 2015 when he logged 74 total tackles, four picks and a career-high 14 defended passes working in multiple roles.
"I came into the league playing a lot of slot my rookie year; I played both my second year; my third year I kind of, from need, went to the outside, had success," he said, per Pats Pulpit's Rich Hill. "This year, started outside, from need went inside. So I think I’m the guy always went with where the team needed me to go."
Speaking of his 2016 season, Ryan remained a disruptive force to the tune of two interceptions, 92 total tackles and 11 defended passes.
"Logan has done a great job," Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said, per MassLive.com's Kevin Duffy. "He's worked hard. He's very conscientious. He takes coaching well. He tries to do what he is instructed to do, and when you identify something he is doing wrong, he tries to correct it and improve on it."
The task now will be for Ryan to continue his ascent and thrive under the watchful eye of defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau.
As far as his tactical deployment is concerned, Ryan figures to slide in opposite Jason McCourty—who should be motivated to produce since he's heading into a contract year.
If McCourty can elevate his offerings following a relatively down 2016, the Titans' secondary could be in line for a bounce-back campaign after it allowed a 30th-ranked 269 passing yards per game last season.