During the NFL draft, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick alluded to possibly moving cornerback Logan Ryan to safety.
With new cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner on board, as well as established veterans like Alfonzo Dennard and Kyle Arrington in the fold, Ryan is going to have a much more difficult time getting on the field barring injury.
On Thursday, speaking with reporters at the Patriots’ Moms Football Clinic, Ryan said he was open to the idea of changing positions, but so far had not worked out in any role outside of cornerback.
“We’ll see how it goes,” said Ryan, according to NESN’s Doug Kyed. “I haven’t heard anything like that yet. I’m out here just focused on getting better, and I’ve always considered myself a defensive back. We’re always going to have the best 11 players on the field, so position, whatever it may be, doesn’t really affect me much as long as it helps the team and we have the best players on the field, then I don’t have a problem with anything.”
Ryan called himself a defensive back for the New England Patriots, leaving quite a bit of latitude to what he can and is willing to do. While he excelled toward the end of last year in a slot cornerback role, he still may find snaps hard to come by with the influx of talent on the roster. His ability to play safety may ensure the Patriots’ 2013 third round pick the necessary playing to continue to develop for this defense. Where he practices will be closely watched in OTAs, minicamp, and in training camp. We’ll get our first glimpse today.
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