Logan Ryan helps Pats’ secondary shut down Texans
Logan Ryan knows all about DeAndre Hopkins and he respects what he's seen.
The Patriots’ cornerback has matched up against the speedy Hopkins in three of his four pro seasons. The latest came in Thursday’s game against the Texans and, this time Ryan and the Patriots put together a dominating effort in a 27-0 victory.
Hopkins came in as the Texans’ top receiving threat and Ryan welcomed the challenge of matching up with him. Hopkins was a frequent target of quarterback Brock Osweiler and made his catches but never did much harm all evening. Hopkins finished with four receptions for 56 yards.
“He’s a great player,” Ryan said. “I think every catch he made was a contested, one-handed or dragging a toe catch. When you play guys like that, you can’t blink an eye. You have to turn to the next play. You know he’s going to get his.”
Ryan said matching up against players like Hopkins help elevate his concentration level. He added that getting help from safeties like Duron Harmon helped as well.
“He definitely got some (catches) but players like that bring my game to the next level. It’s a team effort when you go against players like that,” Ryan said.
Ryan and fellow corner Malcolm Butler were coming off a spotty second half effort in Sunday’s win over Miami. That’s why bouncing back against receivers like Hopkins and Will Fuller posed a key test for not only the two starting cornerbacks but the entire defense.
“Matt Patricia (defensive coordinator) gets all the credit on that. He did a great job spinning the calls and not being predictable,” Ryan said. “When you play a total team defense like that everyone gets the credit.”
Harmon noted that the Texans had put 23 and 19 points on the board in season-opening wins over the Bears and Chiefs. Those performances put New England’s defense on notice.
“Anytime you can hold a team scoreless that has two receivers who’ve scored touchdowns the last few games and average 200 yards, hey we shut them down,” said Harmon. “It feels great but we know it’s only the third week of the season. We have to continue to work hard and do the same thing we did this week for the Bills next week.”
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