Earlier this week, former New England Patriots defensive back Logan Ryan made his return to the NFL. The 32-year-old is a veteran of 10 NFL seasons. He was the Patriots third round pick (No. 83 overall) in the 2013 NFL Draft. Ryan signed with the San Francisco 49ers. He has not played in 2023.
Ryan played his first four NFL seasons with the Patriots. He helped New England win the Super Bowl in both 2014 and 2016. The two-time champion will have a good chance at a third ring in San Francisco. The 49ers are ranked No. 2 in the latest NFL Power Rankings. After leaving New England, he played for the Titans, Giants, and Buccaneers.
While with Tennessee, Logan Ryan intercepted Tom Brady’s final pass a New England Patriot. In the 2019 AFC Wild Card round, Ryan picked off Brady’s deflected pass and returned it for a touchdown. The pick-six ended both the game, and Brady’s time in Foxboro.
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After playing cornerback his first seven seasons with New England and Tennessee, Ryan moved to safety in New York and Tampa Bay. San Francisco is desperate for depth at safety. They have lost both George Odum and Talanoa Hufanga to season-ending injuries. Ryan and Duron Harmon (Cleveland Browns practice squad) are the last two Patriots picks from the 2013 draft still active. Linebacker Jamie Collins retired early this year.
Meanwhile, after the New England Patriots beat the Pittsburgh Steelers last night, some fans were nervous about the Patriots draft position being negatively affected. For now that is not the case. New England entered Thursday Night Football with the No. 2 pick, and still has it. But at 3-10 there are now several other teams in contention to pick ahead of the Patriots. The teams New England fans should be rooting for:
Carolina Panthers (1-11)
Arizona Cardinals (3-10)
Washington Commanders (4-9)
Chicago Bears (4-8)
New York Giants (4-8)
New York Jets (4-8)
Tennessee Titans (4-8)
Also in today’s Patriots Daily: Sean McDermott’s 9/11 apology; Zach Wilson’s story; Hall of Fame fun fact; and more…
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AFC East News
NBC News – Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott apologizes for 9/11 remarks
Patriots Football Now – How Dolphins OT Austin Jackson’s extension affects two Patriots
New York Post – Zach Wilson can change his Jets story
NFL.com – Vikings All-Pro Justin Jefferson looking forward to playing with Joshua Cobbs
Steelers Now – QB Mitchell Trubisky takes blame for Steelers offensive struggles
Patriots Football Now – NFL Power Rankings entering Week 14
PFN+ – 2024 NFL Draft Previews
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Fun Fact of the Day
Today is George Rogers birthday. He was the 1980 Heisman Trophy winner while playing running back for South Carolina. He was also the No. 1 overall pick of the 1981 NFL Draft. Although Rogers did not reach the Pro Football Hall of Fame, seven players from the 1981 draft class did.
The record for most Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees from one draft is 10, set by the 1964 class. Since the 1970 merger, the record is nine, set by the 1983 class.
Tweet of the Day
Today’s Tweet of the Day comes from Patriots official X account, with a postgame locker room celebration after last night’s win over the Pittsburgh Steelers…
Ain’t afraid of no towels. pic.twitter.com/9zVqeqD0re
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) December 8, 2023