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Logan Ryan juggles family, football

Crack a bottle, watch some film.Change a diaper, study more film.Hold the baby, you get the idea.

Patriots cornerback Logan Ryan’s life has simplified since his daughter, Avery, was born Aug. 15. Aside from the obvious perks of becoming a first-time father, Ryan has mastered the art of multitasking at the homestead, and he has uncovered a new level of peace while watching film with his daughter.

“I might have the baby on my lap, and we might both be watching film on the iPad,” Ryan said. “She likes football, and she likes sports. She might not know what’s going on yet but she will.”

And, unlike Tom Brady, Ryan doesn’t have a designated chill zone.

“When you have a newborn, every room turns into their room,” Ryan said. “It’s kind of wherever I’m feeding her, whatever I’m doing, I just try to have the iPad out. That’s the best thing about technology nowadays, to be able to have the iPad and scroll through some plays and look through some notes while I may be doing daddy duties or multitasking.”

Ryan is playing his best football this season for a variety of reasons. Most importantly, as he displayed as a rookie in 2013, Ryan is the type of player who performs at a higher level when presented with increased opportunities. He has clearly taken advantage of a heightened role created in the wake of the departures of Darrelle Revis, Brandon Browner and Kyle Arrington.

There’s also an experience factor. Each stockpiled repetition and study session yields a little more knowledge and skill, and Ryan has developed a reputation as one of the most seriously devoted employees at a facility full of them.

“Just repetition and opportunity, that’s what it is,” Ryan said. “It’s constant repetition in practice and the offseasons. I get an opportunity to show it one time a week and try to make the most of the opportunities.

“I don’t want to let the team down. I don’t want to let the fans down. I don’t want to let the coaches down. It’s very important to me whatever my role is. I go home, and I spend a lot of hours outside of here working on it. I spend a lot of hours off the practice field. I spend a lot of hours on the practice field. Just like anyone doing their job, I take a lot of pride in it. My dad always taught me, ‘No matter what your job is, try to be the best you can at it.’ ”

Quarterbacks are 18-of-30 (60 percent) for 194 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions this season when targeting Ryan, who also has a pass breakup. Ryan has 10 career interceptions, which is tied for the seventh most in the NFL in that span. But he has reached that mark with 18 starts in 39 appearances, while everyone else with at least 10 picks has started at least 30 games over that time.

The Patriots have developed a trend with his recent assignments, as they’ve pitted him against bigger receivers such as the Colts’ Andre Johnson and the Jets’ Brandon Marshall. Ryan has had a good amount of help from safeties Devin McCourty and Duron Harmon, but those matchups are something to keep in mind with the Broncos’ Demaryius Thomas on tap in Week 12.

Ryan just wants to keep the momentum intact.

“That’s what I’ve been aiming for my entire career,” he said. “That’s what I try to build on each and every week. It’s important for the team success. Ultimately, the better you do individually, the better it is for the team.”

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