FOXBOROUGH — Patriots rookie cornerback Logan Ryan acknowledged that his touchdown celebration last Sunday was inappropriate, and expressed his regrets Thursday.
“First off, I just want to apologize to all the fans and all the viewers that had to witness that — it was 100 percent not acceptable for me and this team,” the generally quiet New Jersey native said. “I want to put it behind me and focus on Miami and let them know it won’t happen again and that’s not who I am.”
Ryan got his first career interception Sunday against the Jets, picking off Geno Smith in the first half. He returned the interception 79 yards for a touchdown, and as he crossed the goal line, he jumped, did a half-spin, and grabbed his crotch. The move earned him a $10,000 fine from the NFL, according to multiple reports.
By the sounds of it, Ryan’s coaches and teammates weren’t thrilled, either.
The 22-year old accepted full responsibility for the slip-up.
“I want to be held accountable for this, and I think I have a lot of football in me in the future, and I just want to make the most of it and the most of my opportunities in the future,” he said.
Smith was clearly picking on Ryan early on in the game, but Ryan did not let the Jets quarterback get the better of him. With the Jets at the edge of the red zone, Smith looked to receiver David Nelson, who was covered by Ryan. Smith telegraphed his intentions, and Ryan stepped in front of Nelson just as the ball came, with the entire sideline open to him for the run to the end zone.
“It was a good play,” said Ryan. “It was a play where all 11 people on the field were doing their job, and it was a great call and I had the opportunity to make the play, and I did.”
A third-round draft pick out of Rutgers, Ryan has seen his snaps increase in recent weeks after Aqib Talib’s hip injury. Ryan served notice in the preseason of his ability to read and react, picking off Tampa Bay’s Mike Glennon in the third exhibition game.
“It’s been a lot of fun,” Ryan said of his rookie season. “It’s been a learning experience and I have a lot to learn and a lot to grow, but I’m surrounded by great players on our team and guys in the secondary.
“[The game] slows down week by week; that starts in practice [and] I’m practicing better than I have in the past. If I practice better, I’ll play better, and then it will all continue to slow down.”