X-Factor #3: Logan Ryan
Logan Ryan is the last guy to ever catch a pass or touchdown from Tom Brady in a New England Patriots uniform.
Let that sink in.
Coincidentally, the ex-Patriot ended the Titans’ shocking 2019 Wild Card win over the Patriots in Foxborough. Ryan stepped in front of Brady’s last-gasp effort at saving the Pats one last time.
Logan walked the pass into the end zone, and celebrated with his teammates by abruptly shattering the greatest dynasty this sport has ever seen.
Fast forward to 2020, Ryan is back in his home state of New Jersey and has started to get comfortable and fit in with the Giants’ defense. Brady made the once-unimaginable move to leave New England and go chase another ring in the warm weather and sunny skies of Florida.
Logan Ryan won two Super Bowls with Brady in New England, they were teammates for four years, and their relationship goes back to 2013. These are two guys who know each other well and have the utmost respect for one another.
Ryan got the better of Brady in last year’s playoff matchup, collecting six tackles, a pass deflection, played every defensive snap, and the aforementioned game-clinching walk in pick-six for Tennessee.
The NY Giants can only hope he can make a play as big as that one in this Monday night game.
I expect Logan to come out with an edge and take it personally while playing Brady and the Bucs’ offense this week. Logan is one of the team’s most-respected leaders and he will make a memorable impact in this game.
I am going to boldly predict that Ryan contributes this week with either a sack or being involved in a turnover. Ryan has yet to make a huge impact in the box score with NY, but that will change Week 8.