New York Giants: S Logan Ryan confident and ready to tackle the rest of the season

New York Giants, Logan Ryan

The New York Giants are fresh off of a statement victory against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 10. This win was crucial, as this was the firs time the Giants beat their heated rival Eagles since 2016. This win was also clutch as the Giants’ record improved to 3-7, keeping them in the hunt to win the NFC East.

It appears that the race to win the east will come down to the Giants and the Eagles. The Dallas Cowboys seem out of the hunt as they have been starting third and fourth string quarterbacks and dropping games ever since they lost Dak Prescott to a season-ending injury. The Washington Football Team has also lost its starting quarterback for the season. These teams are trending downward, along with Philadelphia, while the Giants are trending upward and starting to click on both sides of the ball.

The Giants are fortunate to see their offense finally get on track these past two weeks. New York’s struggles this season have occurred while in possession of the football. For the most part, the defense has been consistent and efficient in 2020. Mostly thanks to some clutch free agent signings by Dave Gettleman, Joe Judge, and company.

The Giants made a number of key free agent signings this offseason. James Bradberry and Blake Martinez standout as the team’s splash free agent signings. Both of them have been excellent in 2020. But the Giants’ third splash in free agency came much later in the process with the training camp signing of Logan Ryan. Logan Ryan has quietly been one of the best players and leaders on the Giants’ defense this season. And this defensive leader is confident in the direction that the Giants are heading to close out this season.

Logan Ryan’s 2020 Season

New York Giants safety Logan Ryan believes in his team and their future. Not just the long-term future, but Ryan believes in the Giants’ immediate future. When discussing the Giants today, Ryan saidWe are putting in the work and I don’t think the Eagles are matching that. We are on a mission this year and no one is on our level.”

After an impressive Week 10 victory over Philadelphia, Logan Ryan is confident that the Giants are the better of those two teams. He believes that the Giants are going to win the race to win their division. And, if they continue to play the way they have the last two weeks, there is a good chance he ends up being right about that.

Ryan has been excellent for the Giants this season, manning the free safety position. The Giants signed Logan Ryan after rookie safety Xavier McKinney suffered a broken foot during training camp, an injury that has kept him out for the whole season to this point. McKinney looks likely to return to the lineup soon, but Ryan has been playing at a high level, so he will by no means be replaced by the rookie once he returns.

Through ten games, Logan Ryan has totaled a combined 59 tackles. He has also been a playmaker, forcing two fumbles, one interception, and even recording one sack. Ryan was signed to a one-year contract this training camp. Considering the leadership presence he has had on this team and the high level of performance he has contributed, it is likely Logan Ryan will play his way into a contract extension this season.

New York Giants: Logan Ryan has family on both sides of Eagles rivalry

New York Giants, Logan Ryan

The New York Giants are set to take on the Eagles in a regional rivalry game on Thursday Night Football, and this one will pit a lot of families against each other.

The Giants and the Eagles play within close proximity of each other compared to some other divisional rivalries and the state of New Jersey is largely split between the two when it comes to fandom. That means some extra bragging rights are at stake for the Giants players who come from the state.

One of those players is recent addition Logan Ryan. When Ryan was signed to the Giants, it was just about a perfect fit. Not just because the team needed another defensive back, but because Ryan himself is from New Jersey and finally received the chance to play for his hometown team.

But all of Ryan’s friends and family? Well, not all of them will be rooting for him on Thursday night.

“I didn’t grow up too far away. I definitely have some family members that grew up Eagles fans. I understand the rivalry in this division, I grew up in it,” Ryan said to reporters on Tuesday.

“I grew up watching all these Giants games, Eagles games. [I] Bleed blue right now, this is where I wake up early every day and put it on for them. My teammates support me, and the coaches support me. I’m bleeding blue all day for this one. I’m excited to upset a lot of family and friends who may be watching. If they’re not on my side, they’re on the wrong side.”

The Eagles started bringing fans back into the stadium with the last game, and fans will once again be allowed for the game against the Giants. It means Ryan might just have some familiar faces in the stands, and not just watching from at home.

That should serve as a motivating factor for Ryan, who has already proven to be a big player in the secondary so far. With 39 combined tackles so far and one forced fumble, Giants fans can hope the extra motivation pushes Ryan to improve his stats even further.

Giants’ Logan Ryan has motivating words for Daniel Jones

New York Giants, Logan Ryan

New York Giants’ quarterback Daniel Jones has been the talk of the town this season, primarily for his lack of touchdown passes and increase in turnovers.

While there’s plenty of blame to go around, Jones is undoubtedly part of the problem. He oftentimes gets stuck on his first read and is not moving on and creating with his other options. That has been a major hiccup in his game, but it is something we hadn’t seen in 2019 during his rookie campaign.

With new offensive coordinator Jason Garrett taking over playcalling duties, Jones’ mentality has changed significantly. He’s sticking to the book and not going off-script.

The one time we saw Jones go off-script, it was on an offsite play against the San Francisco 49ers when he threw a pass downfield to Darius Slayton on his back shoulder. It was a perfect play that resembled something along the lines of “success,” a word we haven’t been able to use with the offense through four weeks. He hasn’t scored a touchdown over two games and didn’t even take a red-zone snap and week three against San Francisco.

However, despite the lack of efficiency, Jones has tangible traits to become a quality starter in the NFL. A lot of the struggles have to do with lack of talent and a vanilla offensive scheme.

New safety Logan Ryan sees championship traits in Jones, who works just as hard as anyone to ensure he’s ready on game day.

“We talk a lot, he asks me questions about defense, I ask him a lot of questions about offense. I’m trying to make it hard on the quarterback, I’m trying to make it hard on him every day. He makes it hard on me,” Ryan said, per Dan Benton of the Giants Wire. “We do talk a lot. I was a high school quarterback, I couldn’t even play in college. I don’t dip my toe in it too much. Anything he needs, he knows I’m an open book. Like I said, he’s a hard worker. He’s in the building well before anybody else, me and him are.

“I believe in him, I have full faith in him. However it’s going right now, it’s four games. However many starts he has in his career, it’s a young career. He has to keep his confidence and keep growing. He has no problem being a leader, he has no problem working hard. He has no problem putting the time in, I think the Giants have the right guy when it comes to that.”

Remaining confident with such poor statistics to show must be difficult. Jones stated on Wednesday that he believes the offense is ready to break out, and it is the perfect time to do so against a historically bad Dallas Cowboys unit.

Averaging 36.5 points per game allowed, the Giants have a fantastic match-up to break out of their funk. The problem is, the Giants have been a confidence-building team for their opponents, and they must do everything in their power not to hurt themselves.

Winning the turnover battle and having more time of possession is essential, which means establishing the ground game and utilizing play-action. I think Garrett should give Jones more creativity and the ability to decide on the go, as his one read offense simply isn’t getting the job done with a methodical Jones under center.

New York Giants: Logan Ryan Studying “20 Hours A Day” Before Opener

New York Giants, Logan Ryan

The New York Giants open up their season soon, and they’ll have Logan Ryan in their starting lineup when they do so. Ryan and the Giants look like a match made in heaven.

While there was some apprehension from fans earlier on, the Giants needed another cornerback and Ryan needed a team. They lost DeAndre Baker to a legal case this offseason and the only other options at second cornerback were very under-qualified for the role. Ryan, on the other hand, just wanted to play after failing to find a team for most of free agency.

It looks so far like Ryan is working pretty hard to make sure his start with the team is a good one. On Monday, Ryan gave some insight on just what he’s been up to.

Logan Ryan studying hard in preparation for season

Ryan claims his prep for the 2020 season includes study. A lot of study. In fact, trying to get his hands on an iPad to study the playbook is one of the first things Ryan did after getting on the team.

“I begged for an iPad, they gave me one. I’ve been studying film about 20 hours a day, a variety of positions. I got to see my mom who lives an hour south obviously. She’s scared to death of the sun right now because of COVID. I got to see her for a half hour and then right back to the film,” Ryan told reporters on Monday. “My wife and kids are back home in Nashville where they’re at. I’m up here by myself. I have nothing to do but watch a ton of film and start preparing for the Steelers.”

Ryan also went into another valuable fact. Experience. Most of the Giants haven’t played under the current head coach or DC, but that’s not a problem for Ryan.

“Luckily, I have played for Pat Graham, I’ve played for Joe Judge before. It’s a system that I’m familiar with. I played in the system before in my career, so I think that helped me a little bit with the terminology and things of that nature.”

It’s important that Ryan adapts quickly, because there’s not much time between his signing with the team and the season opener. NFL playbooks are huge, after all, and a player is only effective if they can carry out the plays effectively.

We’ll see in less than a week if Ryan can be a productive player and run the team’s defensive playbook correctly after such a short time to study it.

New York Giants announce Logan Ryan signing

New York Giants, Logan Ryan

The New York Giants announced on Friday that they’ve signed cornerback Logan Ryan.

Ryan, 29, spent the last three seasons with the Tennessee Titans. He started 16 games in 2019, totaling four interceptions, four and a half sacks and 113 combined tackles. Across his seven-year NFL career, Ryan has totaled 17 interceptions, 11 sacks and 494 combined tackles.

The Rutgers product was selected in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots, where he resided for the first four seasons of his career.

The Giants signing Ryan comes in the wake of a handful of defensive backs being absent from training camp. DeAndre Baker has been charged with four counts of robbery with a firearm; Sam Beal opted out of the 2020 season; Xavier McKinney suffered a fractured foot last week.

Giants general manager Dave Gettleman said in a Wednesday press conference that Ryan “fills a lot of roles” on defense (quotes via Giants.com).

“One of the things you guys will see once we start playing games, we’re going to be pretty multi-dimensional on defense. You are going to see a lot of stuff and Logan fills a lot of roles. It’s at a point where, what does being a starting player mean? It means probably playing 75, 80 percent on defense. He’ll be well up there. We see him as a fit in a lot of different roles. He had quite a year last year, you guys know that. Tennessee used him a little bit differently and it certainly gives you ideas about how to use him. He’ll be fine.”

The Giants active defensive backfield depth chart includes Ryan, James Bradberry, Jabrill Peppers, Julian Love, rookies Darnay Holmes and Chris Williamson and Isaac Yiadom, who was acquired on Wednesday from the Denver Broncos.

The Giants open the 2020 season at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday, Sept. 14.

Did the Giants Actually Get Better in the Secondary This Summer?

New York Giants, James Bradberry

The New York Giants have suffered some key losses in their secondary this summer with the legal issues surrounding DeAndre Baker, Xavier McKinney’s broken foot bone and Sam Beal’s decision to opt out.

But in recent days, general manager Dave Gettleman and head coach Joe Judge have added several players who could end up actually making the secondary better than it was with those three lost players.

What? Hear me out.

Baker was Elvis “Taost” Patterson redux last year. He was confused and out of place until the very end of the season. There was no indication that he was on the verge of tuning his career around this season. Same for Beal, who was headed into his third season with just six NFL games under his belt in his first two years in Blue.

McKinney is a promising rookie, but still, he’s a rookie and we all know what comes with that: rookie mistakes.

The two constants in the Giants’ secondary coming into this season are still there: cornerback James Bradberry and safety Jabrill Peppers. McKinney’s injury has led to two positive things happening: more playing time for Julian Love and the signing of veteran safety/corner Logan Ryan.

The Giants also traded for cornerback Isaac Yiadom, a former third round pick of the Denver Broncos out of Boston College. Throw in the two free agent additions of Montre Hartage, Brandon Williams, KeiVarae Russell and Jarren Williams along with the already existing players on the roster: Darnay Holmes, Corey Ballentine, Grant Haley, Sean Chandler, Chris Williamson and Dravon Askew-Henry and the coaches have more than enough to choose from when forming their 53-man roster and 16-player practice squad.

I see the starters being Bradberry and Ryan at the corners with Peppers and Love at safety with Holmes in the slot. Of course, you could flip Ryan with Love or Holmes if you wish. That’s the beauty of this lineup. It’s not bad at all. Don’t listen to anyone trying to tell you otherwise. Baker and Beal were unknowns and the rookie McKinney may or may not have been an upgrade over Ryan or Love.

Don’t forget Yiadom also has experience as a starter in this league. He started eight games last season for Denver and the Giants still have Hartage, Haley and Chandler, three players who have seen a lot of action in their short careers and several other promising youngsters.

Nice job by the Giants filling these holes before the season.

New York Giants: Logan Ryan On Top Of Offseason Training

New York Jets, Logan Ryan, Tennessee Titans

The New York Giants secondary has taken some hits recently with an injury to Xavier McKinney and the absence of DeAndre Baker for now at the cornerback position. However, they took one big step forward by signing experienced corner Logan Ryan, who slots right into the starting lineup on the defense.

There’s some doubters, of course – there usually are with expensive signings, but the Giants didn’t have many options outside of doing this deal. However, based on what Logan Ryan’s offseason trainers told the New York Post, there’s good reason for fans to be on the optimistic side about the new addition.

That’s because Ryan has held nothing back in training so far, even when he was an unsigned free agent and it was questionable if he would play this season.

Logan Ryan working hard this offseason

Ryan dealt with not being on an NFL roster at the start of training camp by bringing in his own trainers, and if their claims are true, Giants fans have reason to be excited about the new signing.

“Logan came out there with his helmet and pads every day, so I had to have the EMTs on high alert. He made me feel like I was going to pass out sometimes,” said trainer Yo Murphy. That’s somewhat impressive because Murphy isn’t your average trainer – he had a football career himself, bouncing between the NFL and CFL and racking up 9 career receptions in the former.

He’s not the only one with that sentiment.

“I felt like there was a chip on his shoulder,” said one of Ryan’s other trainers, Jason Spray. “He’s always kind of trained that way, but this offseason he was determined to prove some people wrong. He understood from the get-go that someone was going to give him an opportunity, and he mentioned several times he was hoping to go back home.”

He says that Ryan wanted to run three miles every day. Sometimes, they had to compromise and Ryan did less – for the sake of his trainers, not himself.

Last season, Ryan had a big increase in tackles and achieved his career high. He had 113 compared to 76 the previous season, and hit the quarterback a career high 8 times for that matter. His passes defended also increased by 10, jumping from 8 to 18.

The Giants are getting an experienced veteran at a position they really needed help at with this signing. Furthermore, they’re getting a veteran that improved quite a bit last season, which is a pretty good reason to be confident the Giants made the right choice on this one.

New York Giants: What is Logan Ryan bringing to Big Blue in 2020?

New York Giants, Logan Ryan

After months of waiting, Logan Ryan has finally found a home with the New York Giants for the 2020 season:

Logan Ryan will be returning home to New Jersey as he has signed with the New York Giants. The seventh-year veteran cornerback recently signed a new agent who lowered his asking price making many teams interested in Ryan. One of these teams was Big Blue allowing for a New Jersey reunion for Ryan and his family.

The Rutgers product started all 16 games for the Titans last year, where he played phenomenally. Ryan recorded 113 total tackles, nine tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, four interceptions, and 18 pass breakups. The 29-year-old essentially did everything for Tennessee, and it showed on the stat sheet as he was in the top 15% of cornerbacks in all of these categories. Ryan’s 4.5 sacks, 113 tackles, and nine tackles for loss were all first among cornerbacks. The defensive back also started three playoff games where he recorded two pass deflections, two tackles for loss, 25 tackles, and one interception, which he returned for a touchdown, ending Tom Brady’s time in New England.

Ryan was a swiss army knife for the Titans as he rushed the quarterback at times while also being one of their best coverage men. This offered Tennessee something many teams did not have, a true tackler and capable pass rusher in the slot. Ryan’s ability to do it all in Nashville showed out in the run game as he helped the team allow a mere 104.5 rushing yards per game.

The two time Super Bowl champion will bring this versatility to New York as he will pursue a starting defensive back role in Big Blue’s new-look defense. It is to be determined if he will play in the slot, outside, or even safety, but it appears as the Giants signed Ryan to be a day one starter and potential mentor to the young secondary.

The secondary currently has several players age 25 or younger (Jabrill Peppers, Julian Love, Corey Ballentine, Darnay Holmes, Grant Haley, etc.). Ryan’s thorough experience as a successful defensive back should help mentor and develop these young talents, which the Giants will need to rely on in the future. However, for this year, Ryan should be the day one starter at some secondary position, and if it were up to him, it would be free safety.

With Giants’ rookie safety Xavier McKinney suffering a foot injury, a transition to free safety seems logical for Logan Ryan. As shown by the graphic, Ryan’s numbers last year were at par with or better than the league’s best, and as a full-time free safety, he could look to do even better. At free safety, Ryan would likely continue to get work in the slot and be active in the run and pass rush game in which he excels.

The Giants’ current free safety is second-year Notre Dame alum, Julian Love. The 2019 fourth-round selection played solid for New York, recording 37 tackles, three pass deflections, and one interception in five starts at the end of last season. While the contrary may be believed, the signing of Ryan should actually help Love’s performance as he will now be able to play more in the slot and will receive a great mentor at free safety. Patrick Graham, New York’s new defensive coordinator, likes to use three safety schemes, so it will also not be uncommon to see both Love and Ryan on the field together.

This signing of Ryan also reunites him with former coach Joe Judge as they worked phenomenally together in New England. The two will attempt to bring their pass defense expertise learned from defensive expert Bill Belichick and help a Giants secondary that ranked in the bottom fourth of the league. Ryan will try to recreate some of this work that led to two super bowls under Judge and Belichick as a member of the New York Giants.

BREAKING: New York Giants sign CB Logan Ryan to fill massive void in secondary

New York Giants, Logan Ryan

The New York Giants signed former New England Patriots and Tennessee Titans cornerback Logan Ryan on Monday afternoon. He will sign of one year, $7.5 million deal, according to Ian Rappaport of the NFL Network.

What does Logan Ryan bring to the New York Giants?

With the Giants losing DeAndre Baker to the commissioner’s exempt list for the 2020 season and Sam Beal opting out due to COVID-19, the secondary has been extremely thin. Relying on youth players like Corey Ballantine, Prince Smith, and a bevy of another unproven talent, signing Ryan provides much-needed support.

At 29 years old, the New Jersey native can play cornerback on the boundary, in the slot, and safety. He played in all 16 games in 2019 with the Titans, posting 113 combined tackles, eight quarterback hits, 4.5 sacks, 18 passes defended, four forced fumbles, and four interceptions. His production in all facets of the game was extravagant, despite allowing five touchdowns in coverage. He missed 11 of 124 possible tackle attempts and posted a 66.0 completion rate against.

Ultimately, he provides serious support at a voided number two corner position. Having an experienced veteran take over will help the secondary immensely, and give the pass rush more time to leave their mark. He will have two weeks with the Giants to learn the system and become a custom with their style before the start of the regular season. Luckily, he is familiar with new head coach Joe Judge.

New York Giants, Logan Ryan have mutual interest (Report)

New York Jets, Logan Ryan, Tennessee Titans

According to ESPN’s Jordan Raanan, the New York Giants and free-agent cornerback Logan Ryan have mutual interest.

Ryan, 29, spent the last three seasons with the Tennessee Titans. Last season he compiled four interceptions, four and a half sacks, and 113 combined tackles. Across the Titans’ three 2019 AFC playoff games, Ryan compiled one interception and 25 combined tackles.

Across his seven seasons in the NFL, the cornerback has compiled 17 interceptions, 11 sacks, and 494 combined tackles. He was selected with the 83rd pick in the 2013 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots, where he played from 2013-16.

The Rutgers product recently changed his agent, and his former representation pitched to teams that Ryan can play safety, too.

Ryan is one of several high-profile free agents still unsigned. Defensive ends Jadeveon Clowney, Clay Matthews, and Jabaal Sheard, safety Earl Thomas and defensive tackle Damon Harrison are free agents.

The Giants secondary has taken a hit in recent weeks. Would-be second-year corner DeAndre Baker has been prosecuted on four counts of robbery with a firearm; corner Sam Beal opted out of the 2020 season; rookie safety Xavier McKinney fractured his foot, likely sidelining him for the first half of the regular season. Linebacker David Mayo recently tore his meniscus, likely sidelining him for a month.

The team’s active defensive backfield includes free-agent signee James Bradberry, Jabrill Peppers, Grant Haley, second-year players Julian Love and Corey Ballentine, and rookies Darnay Holmes and Chris Williamson, among others.

Holmes left the Giants’ Friday night intrasquad scrimmage at MetLife Stadium with a “lower” injury, and Blake Martinez missed some time with an undisclosed injury. Both players have returned to practice.

The Giants are learning a new defense under new head coach Joe Judge, administered by defensive coordinator Patrick Graham.

The Giants open the 2020 NFL season on Monday, September 14 at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers.