If you look across the board at the matchups, it looks like New England Patriots cornerback Logan Ryan will be on the plus side of things. He is projected to face off against Indianapolis Colts wide receiver LaVon Brazill. Even though Brazill has talent and has made plays over the past few weeks, one has to favor Ryan in this battle.
Ryan has really come on in the second half of the season. After originally being the fourth cornerback on the depth chart, Ryan’s production has simply been too much for Matt Patricia to ignore. It seemed like Ryan would always make a play on the football when he was in the lineup.
What really opened up Patricia’s eyes was Ryan’s play when Aqib Talib missed a few games. Many people expected the Patriots’ secondary to suffer after Talib went down, but Ryan emerged as play-making cornerback in Talib’s absence. That is not to say that Ryan was a shutdown cornerback, yet he still played the role of a solid starter.
An injury to Alfonzo Dennard helped open things up for Ryan even more. In fact, Ryan played so well that he took Dennard’s job. Ever since Dennard returned from injury, Ryan has been the starting right cornerback for the team while Dennard has become the fourth-string cornerback.
Even though Ryan had originally bounced back-and-forth between outside and slot cornerback, Patricia has recently thought it best to keep him on the outside. And that makes sense, as Ryan is a solid 5-foot-11, 191-pounds. He has good enough size to battle and win against outside wide receivers like Brazill.
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.