Is Logan Ryan a safety?
In a strange offseason/preseason, this isn’t going to get the attention it deserves but former Tennessee Titans defender Logan Ryan has asked that teams stop thinking of him as a cornerback.
When he was with the New England Patriots, Logan Ryan spent his time switching from the boundary to the slot, often times matching up with the biggest receiver the other team had.
Then in Tennessee, he played as a boundary corner who would kick inside to the slot when the third corner came onto the field in nickel packages. That changed in 2019 when the Titans decided to give Malcolm Butler and Adoree Jackson their shot on the outside and basically make Ryan the full-time slot corner.
That changed with the Malcolm Butler injury, but it seems clear that the Titans wanted to have the other two cornerbacks deal with faster receivers on the outside, but they wanted to keep Ryan in the slot because he had good size and was very good vs the run and as a blitzer.
Maybe sensing that opinion around the NFL, Logan Ryan has asked to be thought of as a safety and not a cornerback.
Now, comparing his stats to other safeties is strange because it really doesn’t tell you anything. That is like saying that Tajae Sharpe would be one of the best tight ends in football because he had more touchdowns than Jonnu Smith. The assignments and opportunities a cornerback has vs a safety isn’t properly represented in the numbers.
But, I do think that Logan Ryan could be a safety in the NFL. Which teams are desperate enough at safety to give him a chance? Well, three came to mind.