Ras-I Dowling vs. Logan Ryan: Ras-I Dowling has played eight combined games over the past two years, missing 24 games with a torn tendon in his leg and a torn quadriceps. He’s looked good when he’s been out there, but he’ll need to prove he can stay healthy and that he’s improved, especially with former Rutgers cornerback Logan Ryan (pictured) breathing down his neck on the depth chart.
Dowling is seen as more of a prototype man-corner for his length and speed, but Ryan fits the hybrid look the Patriots have targeted for years, and could work the slot.
Although the two are different corners, they could compete for playing time, especially early on in the season if Alfonzo Dennard misses time due to suspension following his DUI arrest. If Dowling wins out, expect Kyle Arrington to move to the slot; if Ryan is the victor, Arrington may kick outside once again.