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Logan Ryan bringing inside knowledge into battle vs. Tom Brady

Logan Ryan lined up against Tom Brady plenty of times in practice during his four seasons with the Patriots.

No doubt Tennessee coach Mike Mularkey has been tapping into Ryan’s brain and knowledge of the Patriots system, using him as a resource to prepare the Titans for Saturday night’s divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium.

Ryan has a pretty good feel for Brady and how to defend him.

The former Patriot, however, did his best to downplay that edge when speaking with the Herald yesterday. He didn’t think it held much significance.

“I’m sure personally (there’s an advantage), just because I’ve seen it,” Ryan said. “But play-wise, the Patriots are a game-plan team. They’re going to run different plays each and every game. They’ve had more time to prepare. They’ve been off. They’ll be well rested and prepared.”

Does he think he might be able to anticipate more plays than most players would?

Ryan, perhaps wisely, didn’t bite.

“I don’t know how much I can do on top of what they do on film,” he said. “But I know them and I know they’re always going to be prepared and they’re going to have a game plan to beat us, a game plan specifically for us. So we have to do our best fundamentally. I know how hard No. 12 works, and how consistent he is about that year in and year out. So I just have to make sure I’m working as hard as I can. And then go out and give it our best effort, believe in each other, and let it rip like last week.”

Pressed more about his practice time with Brady, Ryan said he won his share of battles, but again, didn’t think that would help him or the Titans this weekend.

“(I did) good enough to be considered a good player, and bad enough that he’s still a Hall a Famer,” said Ryan. “He won battles against me, he’s won battles against everybody. I really don’t think what I did against Brady in practice is significant to the Titans against the Patriots.”

Ryan, selected by the Patriots in the third round of the 2013 draft out of Rutgers, is looking forward to his return. He’s remained in touch with many of his former teammates. Both Devin McCourty and Duron Harmon, fellow Rutgers alums, have promised plenty of trash talking.

“Yeah, with those guys, with Devin, and Duron and them. I’m sure there’ll be a ton of it. We’ve always been close,” Ryan said. “We’re all super competitive. It’s coming from a good place.”

Ryan signed a three-year, $30 million deal with the Titans in the offseason. There were no hard feelings with the Patriots. It was just business. He won two Super Bowls and remains in touch with many of his friends.

“We’re all pushing each other. That hasn’t stopped at all,” Ryan said. “I always wish them good luck and good health. Stuff like that is bigger than football. That’s a friendship thing. Even though we wear different colors now, we still are friends beyond football. We’re friends for life much longer than we’ll play this game.”



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