Logan Ryan shows yet again he’s right pick for job

Logan Ryan’s interception Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings can’t come as a surprise to those who have watched the cornerback play during his short career with the Patriots.

Whether it’s a result of intense film study, pure football instinct or both, Ryan’s penchant to create turnovers, make open-field tackles or break up passes can’t be denied. He’s a playmaker, pure and simple.

With cornerback Alfonzo Dennard listed as inactive Sunday and Brandon Browner still serving out his four-game suspension due to a violation of the league’s drug policy, it didn’t hurt to return a player like Ryan who led the team with five interceptions a year ago despite starting just seven games.

The pick in question came in the third quarter and the Patriots ahead, 24-7. Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel dropped back and threw an intermediate pass over the middle to receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, who had a half step on Ryan. But Ryan jumped the route, leapt up and snatched the ball for an interception to set up a Patriots field goal.

It’s become a typical play for Ryan, who will likely get more balls thrown his way with Darrelle Revis roaming the other side of the field.

“I feel like it was just a good play,” said Ryan, who played every defensive snap Sunday for the second time in his career. “I feel like something from a lot of film studies and preparation that I saw. I saw it earlier in the game. I was fortunate to make a play on it.”

While Patterson did make a 26-yard reception on Ryan earlier, Ryan more than made up for it. In the second quarter, Patterson caught a pass by the Vikings’ sideline only to see Ryan swat the ball away on a similar route the next play.

Also in the second quarter, Ryan came up and made an open-field tackle on running back Matt Asiata off a dump-off pass from Cassel that would have gone for a first down if not for Ryan’s efforts.

After the solid outing, Ryan remains humble.

“I think I played all right,” he said. “It’s never as good as you think; it’s never as bad as you think. So I think on film, I think I’ve got some things I want to work on to move onto the next week and bring to the next game.”

It’s that approach that he feels can garner similar results against the Oakland Raiders this Sunday.

“This week I’m trying to get back in that film room: watch these guys; watch their routes; watch their plays; see if I’m able to do it again.”

At this point, if he does, it shouldn’t surprise anyone.

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