Now that the New England Patriots have officially announced the release of veteran CB Marquice Cole, the team’s secondary has gotten a lot thinner, leaving rookie CB Logan Ryan as the primary backup to troubled CB Alfonzo Dennard. With possible discipline coming his way in the near future, the Patriots may have to lean on Ryan to keep the defense afloat if Dennard were forced to leave the team.
As for Ryan, he is a guy that has all the tools you look for in a defensive back. He has decent size at 5-foot-11, average speed having run 4.56 40 yard-dash time, but makes up for it with a very good eye for the ball.
He displayed that in the preseason, showing good instincts, stepping in front of passes for interceptions both in practice, and in an exhibition game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Besides his measurables, he also has a very good track record in college. In just over two years of playing college ball at Rutgers, he had seven interceptions, 39 passes defended, one fumble recovery, and two forced fumbles.
As you can see, Ryan is more than capable of holding his own as a complementary piece to starting CB Aqib Talib. If Dennard has to face discipline in the coming weeks, whether it be by the Nebraska legal-system or NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, the Patriots should be fine; they seem to have a capable replacement lined up. In any case, Cole’s release should not hurt the team too much in the long run.