New England Patriots fans have barely seen him before last Sunday’s game against the New York Jets, but Logan Ryan really impressed when he took the field. Even when Aqib Talib gets healthy, Ryan played well enough to get more snaps going forward.
The question is, “who does Ryan take the snaps from?” That answer should be obvious. Kyle Arrington, who serves as the nickel cornerback, should start to cede snaps to the playmaking Ryan.
Arrington has simply not shown enough consistency to be trusted in Matt Patricia‘s nickel defense. He was lit up by Jeremy Kerley on several occasions, which was just the latest chapter on Arrington giving up a handful of receptions. Even though Arrington has definitely been better covering the slot, he is still susceptible to giving up big plays.
Meanwhile, Ryan has flashed in his limited playing time. Almost all of the receptions that he has surrendered have been contested. Plus, Ryan made a nice pick-six when he jumped an ill-advised pass by Geno Smith. That kind of route-jumping is reminiscent of a young Asante Samuel, and that type of aggressiveness would be very much welcomed in New England.
So, how should Bill Belichick proceed? Arrington does not deserve to be benched immediately, but the Patriots’ head coach should soon be thinking about increasing Ryan’s snaps. The youngster appears to be coming on a lot sooner than expected. The same thing happened last season when Alfonzo Dennard took the right cornerback job from Arrington. We all know that Arrington is replaceable, and it’s time that Belichick started to think about doing it again with a young and exciting Ryan.
Philip Alexander is a New England Patriots writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @steely0906, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.