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Giants release veteran DB Logan Ryan


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Safety Logan Ryan, a standout contributor on and off the field in his two seasons with the Giants, has been released, the team announced Thursday.

Ryan started all but one of the 31 games in which he played after joining the Giants just prior to the 2020 season. During that time, he totaled a team-high 209 tackles (144 solo) and added 17 passes defensed, 2.0 sacks, five forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one interception. A cornerback for most of his career, Ryan started 28 games at safety for the Giants.

In addition, Ryan last season was one of the Giants' seven captains and their nominee for the NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, which recognizes an NFL player for outstanding community service activities off the field as well as excellence on the field.

The 2021 season was Ryan's ninth in the NFL. He previously played four seasons for the New England Patriots, for whom he played on two Super Bowl winners, and three with the Tennessee Titans.

Ryan signed with the Giants as a free agent on Sept. 4, 2020. Ten days later, he made his debut with the team as a reserve. Ryan then started the remaining 15 games that season and all 15 games in which he played in 2021, when he missed two games while on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

In 2020, Ryan's 92 tackles (67 solo), placed him second on the team behind linebacker Blake Martinez (151). He twice posted a season-high nine tackles – six solo at Dallas on Oct. 10 and seven solo vs. Cleveland on Dec. 20. Ryan's three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries (the first of his career) were team-leading figures.

Last season, Ryan led the team through the first nine games with 72 tackles, 47 solo stops and two forced fumbles before he missed two games because of COVID. Despite the absence, Ryan finished with a career-high 117 tackles and a team-best 77 unassisted tackles. The former figure trailed only solo linebacker Tae Crowder, who finished with 130 stops (63 solo).

Ryan twice tallied 10 tackles in a game, vs. Denver on Sept. 14 and against Dallas on Dec. 19. He posted nine tackles in five different games.

Ryan, a South Jersey native, entered the NFL as the Patriots' third-round draft choice in 2013, from Rutgers. He played on the Patriots teams that defeated Seattle in Super Bowl XLIX and Atlanta in Super Bowl LI. Ryan joined the Titans as a free agent in 2017.

Ryan has played in 140 regular-season games with 115 starts and in 15 postseason games with 10 starts. His regular-season totals include 696 tackles (507 solo), 13.0 sacks, 18 interceptions and 95 passes defensed. In the postseason, he has 92 stops (73 solo), two picks and eight passes defensed.

Without Ryan, the Giants' two most prominent safeties are Xavier McKinney, whose breakout second season included a team-high five interceptions, and Julian Love, a versatile player who started for Ryan at Tampa Bay and at home against Philadelphia. Jabrill Peppers, who suffered a ruptured ACL against Carolina on Oct. 24, is a free agent.

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