What’s the impact of the free-agent signing of Logan Ryan? A look at how this change of scenery could impact your fantasy teams.
What an off-season it has been in the NFL! So many big trades and free agents signing with new teams. Injuries have reared their ugly head and have struck some big names. But when one door closes, another one opens. When someone falls, someone else will rise. Let’s take a look at the latest change of scenery signing.
News just broke this Monday evening that the New York Giants signed free-agent cornerback Logan Ryan. They signed the seven-year veteran to a one year / $7.5 million deal. Not exactly what Ryan was hoping for, but with the season upon us, it was his best opportunity. Ryan was hoping to parlay being one of the best all-around cornerbacks in the NFL, into a big payday. The Titans let him hit free agency as they didn’t want to pay the expected big price tag. Ryan reportedly was asking for $10 million per year but received very little interest. Ryan would have to wait all off-season for a team in need to sign him and that team would be the Giants.
A change of scenery is nothing new for Ryan, as his career has been a tale of two stories and in more ways than one. To begin his career Ryan was drafted by the New England Patriots in the 3rd round, 83rd selection overall, of the 2013 NFL Draft. Ryan spent the first four seasons of his career with the Patriots where he played in 64 games, making 40 starts. He recorded 243 tackles, 190 solos, five tackles for a loss, six QB hits, two and a half sacks, four forced fumbles, 13 interceptions, one return for a touchdown, and 41 pass breakups. New England is also where two of his best moments as a professional came, as he helped the Patriots win two Super Bowls.
The second chapter of his career would begin with a change of scenery, when he signed a three deal, worth $30 million, with the Tennessee Titans. Over the course of this contract, Ryan would play in and start 45 games. He would produce 251 tackles, 177 solos, ten tackles for a loss, thirteen QB hits, eight and a half sacks, five forced fumbles, four interceptions, and 37 pass breakups. While Ryan had three great seasons in Tennessee, he will always be known for ending former teammate Tom Brady’s Patriot run and reign. In that game not only did he have the game-sealing pick-six of Brady, but he had six tackles as well.
Now Ryan begins the newest chapter of his career. What will the change of scenery bring? Well, it very well could be a combination of both of his first two career chapters. The Giants are in dire need of help in their secondary as they lost rookie phenom, Xavier Mckinney, to injury, and 2nd-year star Deandre Baker, to off the field issues. That’s a loss of two starters and the Giants don’t have much depth or quality to fill those openings. The addition of Ryan could give them some flexibility at both positions. He definitely fills their need at cornerback but could help them at safety as well. There has been speculation that he could move to safety, now that he’s on the backside of his career.
No matter where he plays, Ryan will be able to handle the responsibilities, and perform at a high level. In fact, he is coming off not only his best season but maybe one of the best overall seasons by any cornerback. Last year Ryan set career highs in total tackles (113), forced fumbles (4), and sacks (4½) while producing his second-best totals in solo tackles (73) and interceptions (4). He’s solid in coverage and is very productive in rushing the passer. Being able to produce at a high level in both areas will allow the Giants to get creative with him. I expect the Giants to start Ryan at cornerback as that is their biggest need at the moment.
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Now, what does all this mean for us fantasy owners? In leagues with special scoring, I have seen him ranked in the top 20 overall. One of the few cornerbacks that were a legit fantasy option for all IDP formats. Where his value really stands out is in position-specific leagues. In those types of leagues, he is a championship-caliber piece that can provide fantasy owners with high scoring value. Hopefully, you were patient enough to hold onto him and waited for him to sign. I was, and look at how smart we look for doing so. If you didn’t own him, I hope you had the foresight and took advantage of the opportunity to pick him up off waivers, when everyone was dropping him.