Giants Signing Logan Ryan May Not Solve Defensive Issues

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Anthony Miller
I am currently an NFL Contributor for Infinity Sports Network as well as NFL Draft Contributor for NFL Draft Lounge. I also write about the NFL, XFL, and arena football for multiple websites.

The Giants signing Logan Ryan helps their secondary, but it doesn’t mean they will improve this season.

Ian Rapoport reported Monday the New York Giants signed cornerback Logan Ryan to a one-year, $7.5 million deal.

New Jersey native Ryan returns home for the first time since playing with the Rutgers football team in 2012. Ryan expressed his excitement for returning back home to New Jersey.

Logan Ryan played his first four seasons in New England where he won two Super Bowls with the Patriots. Ryan then landed a $30 million deal with the Tennessee Titans where he played the next three seasons. Last season went well for Ryan as he had a career-high in tackles (113), sacks (4.5), pass deflections (18), and forced fumbles (four). He also recorded four interceptions last season to help Tennessee make the AFC title game.

How Logan Ryan Help Giants

The Giants secondary could use Logan Ryan after taking some hits to their secondary. Their first-round pick in 2019 Deandre Baker got into trouble with the law after being charged with armed robbery and aggravated assault with a firearm. The truth is it seems doubtful that the Giants will see Baker back in uniform for a long time if ever.

Ryan will be teamed up with James Bradberry as the top two corners which make for a good team. The team will need to decide what to do about the other corner positions being up for grabs. Their safety positions should be occupied by Jabrill Peppers and rookie safety Xavier McKinney.

The unit combined seems good on paper since there are questions surrounding the front seven as well. New York was ranked 25th in the league in yards allowed and 28th in passing yards allowed. Ryan comes at the perfect time to help the pass defense improve. The move doesn’t necessarily mean the Giants are in a position to make the playoffs.

Will the Giants Get Better This Season?

Ryan is an exceptional corner who has always been regarded as one of the top defensive backs in the league. Despite never being selected for a Pro Bowl, Ryan gives the Giants the number one cornerback they need. This move won’t translate to wins though.

New York might see a few more wins on their record, but the team is still not a playoff team. The defense still has questions with their front seven that will affect the team. Offensively, the team saw Daniel Jones take a big step, and Saquon Barkley taking a slight step back. Jones has a potential young talent with Darius Slayton at the receiver position, but outside of Evan Ingram, the team needs more offensive weapons.

The Giants need more to improve and both Philadelphia and Dallas got better in the offseason. It will be tough for them to get a playoff spot this season. Ryan is getting older at 29 and it’s hard to predict whether he will stay on the team past this season. New York is still rebuilding, but they are on the right path to success in the next few years.

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