Jim Wyatt, Senior Writer/Editor, TitansOnline.com
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Logan Ryan has two Super Bowl rings from his days with the New England Patriots.
But the veteran cornerback is not arriving with his new team, the Titans, acting like a big shot.
“I am not here to make promises or guarantees,’’ Ryan said on Friday. “I am just here to work hard, fit in with the team, be dependable and put the team first. I’ve heard there’s a lot of great guys in this locker room.
“I am a guy who is going to come to work every day. I am very blue-collar in that nature. I will do whatever it takes to put the team first. … I want to win football games. I am focused and I want to continue to win here. I want to earn (the trust of) these players and these coaches and take it from there.”
Ryan said he’s anxious to learn from veteran defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau.
“I know he is a great coach,” Ryan said of LeBeau. “He has been doing it a long time, long before I have been playing the game.
“So I am going to come in with two open ears and one closed mouth, and I am going to listen and learn.”
Titans general manager Jon Robinson got to know Ryan during his time with the Patriots.
He liked him so much he convinced Ryan to join him in Tennessee.
A starter for the Super Bowl champions in 2016 and a key member of their secondary the past few seasons, Ryan signed with the Titans on Friday.
Ryan praised Robinson at a press conference, but said he didn’t have to work hard to sell him on the Titans.
“This team is a good team, and they have a lot of things on the up and up and it starts with the quarterback,’’ Ryan said. “In the process, Tennessee showed the most interest in me and it’s the place I wanted to be. With Marcus Mariota at quarterback, the sky is the limit with that guy. I was extremely impressed playing against him. There’s a lot of great reasons to come here, and I think those are some of the few.”
A third round (83rd overall) draft pick by New England in the 2013 NFL Draft, Logan started all 16 games for the Patriots last season, and finished with 92 tackles, 11 passes defensed and two interceptions.
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In four NFL seasons, Ryan has recorded 243 tackles and 13 interceptions while playing in 64 straight games, with 40 starts. He tallied five interceptions for the Patriots in 2013, when Robinson served as director of college scouting with the Patriots.
Logan gives the Titans a top-notch cornerback in the secondary, and an experienced leader from a winning culture.
“With Logan, obviously I have a history with him there in my time in New England,’’ Robinson said. “He’s a really smart football player, played a lot of different roles for the Patriots. He played outside corner, played inside corner. He’s an aggressive tackler, good run-support player. He’s a savvy coverage player, has a knack at the top of the route, end of the route.
“He has been one of the more productive corners … over his career there in New England.
“We’re just looking forward to him coming in and being a veteran guy, stepping up as a leader in the secondary and providing some good play for us.”
Logan (5-11, 195), who played at Rutgers, was the 16th rated cornerback by Pro Football Focus in 2016, and the fifth-best cornerback in tackle efficiency.
He said he’s ready to continue playing at a high level with the Titans, where he’ll be teammates with Jason McCourty. In New England, Ryan played alongside Jason’s twin brother, Devin.
“Experience is what you make of it,’’ Ryan said. “I (was) able to (win) some championships. But in the NFL, more than anything, it is about the next season. Nothing is guaranteed in this business, unfortunately. So I am excited about this season.”