Patriots Position Switch: Logan Ryan as wide receiver?
Today, we continue our New England Patriots Position Switch series by picturing starting cornerback Logan Ryan lining up on the other side of the ball as a wide receiver.
We are accustomed to watching Ryan covering the opposing team’s’ No. 1 wide receiver with safety help over the top in the form of Devin McCourty. But what if Ryan instead was the man getting open, not the man covering the wideout?
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At 5-foot-11, 195 pounds, Ryan fits the bill as a wide receiver from a strictly size standpoint. He is as tall or taller than Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola and Keshawn Martin as well as rookie Malcolm MItchell. And Ryan’s weight lands in that 190-205 pound range that commonly encompasses mid-size NFL wide receivers.
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If there is one thing we know about Ryan, it is that he is pretty opportunistic when it comes to intercepting the ball; he just about always corrals errant throws when given the chance to get two hands on the football. As evidenced by his 11 picks in three seasons, Ryan is skilled at catching the ball.
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Now, Ryan wouldn’t command attention as a perimeter threat should he play wide receiver. Rather, he would settle into a role similar to that of Edelman and Amendola. Ryan’s size and quick feet would bode well for a slot receiver role.
Would Ryan make a decent wide receiver? Sure, he would have to put on a few pounds and develop a rapport with Tom Brady, but what do you think?
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Be sure to stop by Musket Fire tomorrow morning as we envision a world in which star cornerback Malcolm Butler plays wide receiver.