The Bucs have spent a lot of the 2022 offseason re-signing their very own gamers. However the crew did add one key piece to the secondary in free company. Tampa Bay signed veteran defensive again Logan Ryan, who’s coming into his tenth season within the NFL.
Logan started his profession as a cornerback in New England enjoying with Tom Brady earlier than transferring on to Tennessee in 2017. He’s spent the final two seasons enjoying security and within the slot for the New York Giants. However the place will Ryan play in Tampa Bay?
The Bucs have a emptiness at sturdy security, as Jordan Whitehead signed with the New York Jets in free company. Veterans Antoine Winfield, Jr. and Mike Edwards are slated to begin for brand new Bucs head coach Todd Bowles, who will nonetheless name the performs because the crew’s defensive coordinator. However Whitehead was a extra bodily participant than both Winfield or Edwards. He typically performed within the field close to the road of scrimmage.
“Jordan’s departure – they gave him some huge cash,” Bowles stated. “On the time, we had been cash-strapped. Jordan was an amazing participant for us, a fair higher particular person. He was like a nephew to me so to talk from that standpoint. I’ll miss him immensely. I perceive the enterprise a part of it. I want him all one of the best up there. He was an enormous a part of our secondary. Now we have to fill that hole in some way. We’ve performed with Mike and Antoine earlier than.”
So the place will Ryan play in Tampa Bay? His versatility is a plus, based on Bowles. Nevertheless it doesn’t sound like he’s an computerized candidate to essentially exchange Whitehead at sturdy security. As Pewter Report’s Jon Ledyard lately identified, Ryan graded increased within the slot than he did at free security, based on Professional Soccer Focus.
“Logan coming in from a management standpoint he brings plenty of expertise,” Bowles stated. “Need to get him on the sector. You possibly can see it on movie, however you must get him on the sector precisely the place you wish to play him at. So I’ll withhold judgment on that.”
Ryan may finally be competitors for Sean Murphy-Bunting on the slot cornerback place this season. Bowles’ first take a look at Ryan will likely be when the Bucs hit the sector for OTAs, which start on Might 17. However Tampa Bay’s new head coach has already gotten a sneak peak at Ryan’s soccer acumen within the movie room.
“He got here in instantly and got here upstairs and we talked for a very long time,” Bowles stated. “We acquired a superb understanding. I do know he’s very vivid. He disguises properly. He can blitz and he can sort out. I’m excited to see the opposite issues he can carry. He’s a really versatile man. He performed the slot some in that scheme. I wish to see what he can do in our scheme and what he can’t accomplish that I can higher assist him be able to succeed.”
Ryan met Bowles just a few weeks in the past when he was Tampa Bay’s defensive coordinator. Bowles stated he doesn’t anticipate something to vary about their newly fashioned relationship now that he’s turn into the Bucs head coach.
“He’s a movie junkie,” Bowles stated. “He’s a research man. He understands the sport plan and desires to know every thing. I’m enthusiastic about that. He texted [Wednesday] night time once I acquired the job and stated, ‘I’m nonetheless coming into your workplace to observe movie.’ I texted him again and stated, ‘I anticipate you to.’”