The last time Giants safety Logan Ryan was in Dallas to face the Cowboys; he was involved in a play that changed the course of the Cowboys 2020 season. Cowboys QB Dak Prescott was running in the open field and was tackled by Ryan. Prescott fell awkwardly and suffered a compound fracture and dislocation of his right ankle.
Almost one year later, Prescott is back, and the Cowboys(3-1) are on a three-game winning streak and are on top of the NFC East.
Ryan is happy for Prescott, who signed a four-year, $160 million deal in the offseason, and is excited to play against him and the Cowboys on Sunday.
“He looks really good. He looks healthy, which is great, and he looks like he’s operating as one of the best quarterbacks in football with just how they’re moving the ball and the command he has – great command at the line of scrimmage,” Ryan said. “You’ve got to root for a guy that’s a good guy and had a tough injury, obviously. You’ve got to root for stories like that.
“I just love playing against Dak because he’s a competitor, and I am, and we are. I think we have to lead our units. We’ll go out there, and we’ve got to play the game, but between me and him, I’m happy that he’s back, I’m happy that he’s operating at a high level because I think when you’ve played the game for years, and you’ve won some Super Bowls, and you’ve had some contracts, I think what keeps you in the game is the competition. You want to compete against the best. I think that’s why everyone wants to play against (Buccaneers Quarterback) Tom Brady and play against the best. Dak’s one of the best right now, so we want to play against him, and we want to play well. He’s a great challenge.”
While Prescott was recovering, Ryan sent him books and tried to help Prescott through the rehab process.
“I’ve just been in a similar situation breaking my leg and kind of a guy that’s always been go, go, go having some time (with the) injury, whatever it may be – they put you in a cast and say you can’t do anything for this many weeks, and you don’t want your mind to go stale,” Ryan said. “So, I had some books to help me get through it, and I sent him some books, and apparently it helped him get through it. That was obviously my goal and intention, and just wanted him to come back a great quarterback, and he is.”
Prescott’s injury was horrible to watch, and for some players, being the person who caused a serious injury could leave scars. According to Ryan, that was not the case for him, and he explained why.
“I think last year was just a freakish play, a gruesome injury, but it was a freakish play,” he said. “It was a tackle I’ve made over 500 times in my career, and that one just felt different. To me, I didn’t put much beyond the fact of just hoping that he – it was just unfortunate. But for me, it was just, if I had any ill intent or malicious (intent) or try to go hurt somebody, then I probably couldn’t sleep well at night. Knowing it was just a normal play between two competitors, we’ve got to call it what it is and move on and try to come back better from it.”
On Sunday night in Foxboro, Tom Brady returns to New England as the Buccaneers battle his former team, the Patriots.
Brady won six Super Bowls during his 20 years with the Patriots before signing with the Buccaneers last season. In his first season with Tampa Bay, at age 43, Brady won his seventh Super Bowl title.
One man who has intimate knowledge of Brady is his former teammate Giants safety Logan Ryan, who played with New England and Brady for four seasons.
After New York battles the Saints on Sunday, Ryan expects to watch Brady’s return to New England.
“I’m excited to get a win and get home and watch that game,” Ryan said on Friday. “I’m going to be tuned in. If you’re a fan of football, that’s a fun game to watch just because of the significance of it. I’ve obviously played with him. I’ve played against him. I always said it’s the best matchup in the world. If you’re a football junkie like me and you want to play against the best, he’s the best. So, it’s going to be fun. I know for him and (Patriots Head Coach) Bill (Belichick),
“I’m sure they’re going to – I can’t say they’re going to treat it as business as usual, but they’re going to do everything they can to win, like a maniacal amount of film watching going down. I’m sure they’re spending more time watching film than sleeping. I’m excited to watch. It’s going to be a game against two geniuses. If you’re a fan of the game, it’s a good game to watch and learn to see the strategic part of the game.”
Ryan is also the guy with the Titans that intercepted Brady’s final pass as a Patriot in the playoffs in 2019. Ryan still has the ball and discussed what he might do with it in the future.
“Yeah, so it’s funny,” he said. “The ball was just laying around my house because I don’t really do a lot with my stuff like I’m not egotistical and have just portraits of me all over the place in my house, so my kids like kick the ball around. When I saw Tom starting to – some of his autographed cards going for like a million dollars, I was like, ‘Let’s put the ball up on the shelf at least.’ (laughs) So, the ball is up on the shelf, and I actually spoke with Tom this offseason, and when the time is right, I probably should have had it ready for this game, but I want to auction the ball off for some of the proceeds for my charity if we can get behind it and split our charities and try to do something.
“Now, I don’t know who is going to want that ball. I don’t know if a Patriots fan wants his last ball ever thrown is an interception. I don’t know if a Titans fan is really going to pay. Like, I don’t know what the Titans fanbase, the media market, you know? So, I don’t know where it’s going to go.”
Ryan added that he could be an answer to a “Jeopardy” question down the line.
“Yeah, Tom might want it back (laughs),” Ryan said about the ball. “Tom might pay to get rid of it to burn it. No, there’s been talks between me and Tom on doing something with that ball. Hey man, it might go down in his Hall of Fame thing. Maybe I’ll get a little asterisk by who his last pass – or maybe it’s a ‘Jeopardy!’ question when (Packers Quarterback) Aaron Rodgers is hosting it. It can be a ‘Jeopardy!’ question. It’s pretty fun, but yeah, I picked the ball up off the floor, and I’m going to try to do something to raise some money for charity with it.”
Many people call Giants quarterback Daniel Jones’s 2021 season a make-or-break year, and yesterday epitomized what we have seen out of Jones in his short career.
We saw some decent moments from Jones, including a 37-yard touchdown pass to Sterling Shepard that gave the Giants an early 7-3 lead. However, in the third quarter, with New York trailing 17-7 and driving deep into Broncos’ territory, Jones fumbled after a 15-yard scramble, which Denver recovered.
After the fumble, the Broncos would add a field goal to take a commanding 20-7 lead.
“Yeah, turnovers are always going to hurt you at any point in the game, and they’re big plays,” the third-year quarterback said. “We’ve got to do a good job of taking care of the ball, and you’ve gotta do a good job. But we’ll keep moving forward and keep improving.”
Giants head coach Joe Judge added: “We’ve got to do a better job as a team eliminating the penalties and turnovers. That’s a team focus right there, so this isn’t about any one player. It’s about a team improving and, look; good teams improve week to week. As I talked to the team, that’s what our focus has to be, to be a better team in Week 2 and a better team in Week 3. It’s a long season. We literally have an entire season ahead of us, okay. Any other year, it was 16 games; we have 16 games ahead of us that we have to improve week by week and keep climbing and make sure we’re the best team we can be.”
This loss is not all on Jones. The Broncos were able to move the ball against the Giants effectively. Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was 28/36 for 264 yards with two touchdowns, and Melvin Gordon had 101 yards rushing, including a 70-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
Denver converted 10 of 18 third and fourth-down opportunities, and according to Giants safety Logan Ryan, the defense did not play well on Sunday.
“It wasn’t our standard,” Ryan said. “We were terrible early last year in a similar way on third and fourth downs. We have to be better.”
Disappointing game for the Jones and the Giants’ defense, but fortunately for them, they get back at it on Thursday night in D.C against the Washington Football Team.
On Monday, the New York Giants announced the following seven players will be team captains this season: Quarterback Daniel Jones, running back Saquon Barkley, center Nick Gates, linebacker Blake Martinez, safeties Jabrill Peppers and Logan Ryan, and kicker Graham Gano.
Barkley is a third-year captain; Jones, Martinez, and Peppers were selected for a second season; and Gates, Ryan, and Gano received the honor for the first time.
Giants head coach Joe Judge explained what he wants to see from his captains.
“To me, the important thing for a captain is they’ve got to set the tone for the team in how they work, how they perform, and also how to put the team first,” Judge said on Monday. “They have to be the example of the most unselfish players on the team. The other important role for captains in any locker room is they’ve got to be the voice of the team directly to the head coach. So, if there’s an issue, or if there’s something that needs to be addressed, they’ve got to be someone who the team trusts to speak for them on their behalf and make sure that the issue is getting addressed. It’s important that these guys are good players who put the team first, and also have good communication as well and are not afraid to speak their mind.”
Ryan, who joined the Giants last season, was very impressed by Jones’ offseason, and he discussed what went into the selection of the Giants’ captains.
“Daniel (Jones), obviously. He did a great job; he deserves that. He worked his butt off. I’ll probably give him the offseason award winner – I think he outworked me this offseason,” Ryan said. “He really put a lot of work in. (Running Back) Saquon (Barkley), (Center) Nick Gates, obviously great players for our offense. On the defensive side, Myself, Jabrill (Peppers), Blake (Martinez), and then Graham Gano… The one thing I like about here is, Joe says, like last year I got to the team like two days, and he’s like, ‘You don’t know anybody here, don’t even vote for captain. Don’t waste a vote.’ If you’re new here and you haven’t been here, you don’t really know who the captains are, who’s earned it – we’re not going to have everyone just vote. It’s not going to be a popularity contest.
Ryan also discussed what being a team captain means to him.
“I just try to do a good job of serving my teammates, anything the younger guys asking me from my years in the league, I try to be an open book,” he said. “I’m not worried about those guys in terms of holding everything to myself and really just try to put my teammates in the best positions to succeed because we all need each other. I’m honored to be a captain, I take it very seriously, and I’m going to try to do my best with it.”
The seven captains match the 2019 team for the Giants’ highest number since they began selecting season-long captains in 2007
Training camp fights often happen in the NFL, but rarely does a team’s starting quarterback get involved, and that is what we saw with Giants starting quarterback Daniel Jones on Tuesday.
The third-year quarterback was at the bottom of the pile after tight end Evan Engram came to running back Corey Clement’s defense following a late hit. Ultimately, S Logan Ryan hit Engram from behind, which led to a significant brawl, with Jones involved.
“I’m part of the team,” Jones said. “Part of the team and part of the offense, and we’re competing, so I don’t see myself separated from that.”
Ryan added on the brawl: “We had a competitive practice. Guys getting after it. First day of pads, it gets physical; it gets chippy. Obviously, can’t have penalties. It’s unfortunate, but I think everybody’s protecting their sides and just trying to establish physicality the first day, but we’ve got to keep it within the rules.”
Following the skirmish, Giants head coach Joe Judge was angry and addressed the team. Giants’ players had to run laps and do pushups after the big fight.
“Yeah, he’s a pretty – he can get excited,” Jones said about Judge. “And I think the guys respond to it, and I think we certainly got the message today.”
Ryan does not believe there will be an issues within the team because of the brawl, and he thinks these types of things build toughness, which Ryan believes is needed to win a Super Bowl.
“We’re all Giants, and whoever comes in here this year, hopefully, we have a home-field advantage with the fans, and we’re going to be a chippy, grimy group,” he said. “If I learned anything from those veterans who came in yesterday and spoke about winning Super Bowls, you need a tough locker room, and I’ve been in a couple tough locker rooms, and I’ve won a couple of Super Bowls, and I know what it takes, and I know what those training camps were like, so, like I said, it wasn’t my first time as part of a training camp fight. It wasn’t my first lap. It wasn’t my first f-bomb, my first pushup. I’ve been in this for quite some time. It’s not necessary all the time but understand there was a lot of passion out there, and I’ll take passion.
This is really not a big deal. Training camp fights happen, but they might want to keep the starting quarterback out of it in the future.
Watch below as Ryan addresses the media after practice on Tuesday.
The New York Giants(6-10) handled their business on Sunday and defeated the Cowboys(6-10) 23-19 at MetLife Stadium. With the victory, the Cowboys are eliminated from playoff contention, and now they wait for the outcome of the Washington Football Team-Eagles game on Sunday night.
If Washington loses, the Giants win the NFC East, which would be a great accomplishment when you consider they were 1-7 after eight games.
No matter what happens with Washington tonight, Giants S Logan Ryan feels New York is the class of the NFC East.
“Regardless of what happens tonight, I feel like we run the division,” Ryan said after the game. “I feel like we swept Washington. I feel like at the first Cowboys game, they had a great play at the end of the game to get them in field goal range and we kind of let that happen. We came back and avenged that with a great play on our end. The Philly game, it was a similar thing; we failed in a dramatic fashion in the end. Our two-minute defense was being questioned. Our third down defense was being questioned, and we came back and pretty much handled Philly the second time. I can’t talk too bad about Philly because I’m a Philly fan today. I need all my South Jersey people to flap their wings tonight, so I won’t beat up Philly too bad. Other than that, I feel like we’re the best team in the division. We definitely deserve to represent the NFC East.
“It wouldn’t mean anything different, honestly. We won our last game. We did everything we could. I’m not going to hang my head if it doesn’t happen. It doesn’t make me think any higher or any lower of this team. It was an odd year for everybody. It’s an odd year for this division, but we fought our division well. I feel like we’re the best team in the division. We didn’t handle the games outside of the division all the time, so we’ll see what happens. Whether we make it or not, I know that’s great for the fan base, it’s great for the franchise, it great to have a division matter, but I’m not going to think about this team any differently based on the results tonight.”
The NFC East is the NFC East. It’s not a very good division. Maybe, the Giants are the best team in the NFC East, but at the end of the day, if Washington wins tonight, they are the NFC East champions. It’s that simple!
The Giants announced today that Ryan, the standout defensive back who joined the team on a one-year contract just prior to the season, has agreed to a three-year extension through the 2023 season.
According to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, it’s a three-year deal for $31M with $20 million guaranteed.
“I feel super grateful,” Ryan said. “Thankful to the Mara family, the Tisch family, (general manager) Dave Gettleman, (assistant G.M.) Kevin Abrams, the coaching staff, (coach) Joe Judge, (defensive coordinator) Pat Graham. I really took a bet on myself waiting as long as I did and signing a one-year deal. I just wanted to prove to the fan base, the coaching staff and my teammates what type of player and leader I can be. And I honestly think I was proving it to myself as well. This year has been about a lot of belief. I always believed in myself and held my head high and worked out for me in the end and it worked out for the team in the end. I think it was a perfect fit from the beginning.”
So do the Giants. Ryan has been one of the team’s most productive and valuable defensive players for the 5-9 Giants, who face the Ravens in Baltimore on Sunday. He has played in all 14 games with 13 starts (10 at free safety, including each of the last nine). Ryan is second on the team with 81 tackles (58 solo) and has 1.0 sack, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and nine passes defensed. He also had a game-clinching interception in the Giants’ victory in Washington on Nov. 8.
In addition to his contributions on the field, Ryan has become a vocal team leader, a presence in the community and was the Giants’ nominee for the Art Rooney Citizenship Award.
“I love the culture, the history, the passion, the fan base and the expectations to win here,” Ryan said. “I love being in the NFC East and the history of it. I believe the future is bright here. I’ve won championships. I know what good teams look like and we have a good team here. And I’m going to do everything in my power to bring championships to the organization and to be a good leader on and off the field. I do a lot of good work off the field that is equally important in my opinion, if not more important. And to have the platform and the spotlight that being a New York Giant brings me allows me to do everything I want to do off the field in the right light.”
Judge and Ryan were together for four seasons (2013-16) with the New England Patriots.
“He’s just a phenomenal person,” Judge said when Ryan’s Art Rooney Award nomination was announced. “He’s always been very direct, very honest. He’s just a genuine person. He doesn’t have a lot of time for fluff. He’s going to look you in your eye and tell you what he thinks, and that’s really what you ask of a man. But he’s a guy that puts his team first. He does a lot of things in the community that he keeps very quiet because he’s doing it for the right reasons, not for some kind of public acknowledgement. He has a tremendous wife, a tremendous family behind him. I think that says a lot about him, obviously, the people he’s closest to and what kind of people they are.
“He’s a great vet to have in our locker room. You talk about guys who can lead by example. He’s definitely a guy who comes in every day and works his absolute hardest. He empties the tank, and we couldn’t ask for anything more from him.”
Ryan, 29, spent four seasons with the Patriots and three with the Tennessee Titans before signing with the Giants on Sept. 4. He has played in 123 regular-season games with 98 starts and in 15 postseason games with 10 starts. His totals include 603 tackles (432 solo), 18 interceptions, including 2 he returned for touchdowns, 12.0 sacks, 87 passes defensed, 11 forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. Ryan played on the Patriots teams that defeated Seattle in Super Bowl XLIX and Atlanta in Super Bowl LI.
Ryan was raised in South Jersey, where he was a star quarterback and cornerback at Eastern High School. He was a first-team All-Big East defensive back at Rutgers. Now the Jersey kid and the NFL’s Jersey team are tied to one another for an additional three years.
“It means everything to me,” Ryan said. “We recently played in Seattle, I’ve been to London to play football, I’ve played in almost every state where there’s an NFL team. To come back home, I didn’t always think it was possible. To be financially secure and to give all those Jersey kids that are in high school like I was 10, 12 years ago an example to strive and to work like I was late nights and early mornings to become a New York Giant and make that all come true. It lets all those kids know what they accomplish if they work hard and put their minds to it.
“I’m the true fact of a kid born and raised in Jersey, to come on home and make his career be complete by coming back and being a part of a great team here like the New York Giants.”
They didn’t do it in Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas or Philadelphia, or at home last Monday night against Tampa Bay. So Sunday, when a 17-point lead had been whittled down to just three and the Giants were in danger of another late and disheartening loss, Joe Judge continually gave his players instructions that were basic and vital.
“The whole message was finish,” the Giants’ first-year coach said. “That’s a thing you could constantly hear a player saying over and over and over. We talked about that before the game, at halftime, throughout the game and on the sideline. We have to finish the game. When we took the field, a number of times in that fourth quarter, the message was finish. The players were ready.”
That became obvious. With the Washington Football Team trying to complete an improbable comeback with its backup quarterback, safeties Jabrill Peppers and Logan Ryan – both New Jersey natives – intercepted Alex Smith passes in the final 2:18, a finish that clinched the Giants’ 23-20 victory in FedExField. The last two of the Giants’ five takeaways secured their second consecutive season sweep and fifth straight victory against Washington.
The Giants are 2-7 and host NFC East leader Philadelphia Sunday. Their last five games have been decided by 10 points and their last four by six points. The Giants’ two victories against Washington were by a total of four points, including a 20-19 victory in MetLife Stadium on Oct. 18.
“We knew it was going to be a 60-minute game like it was last time,” Judge said. “We knew this was an improved team, who plays very aggressive. They did. They did not disappoint. They gave us everything. We asked our guys to finish and play 60 minutes. We saw that down the stretch. We were able to come away with the result that we were working for this week.”
“It’s always good when you close it out on defense,” Peppers said. “The game shouldn’t have been that close to begin with; we had a lot of bonehead plays that put us in that position. But at the end of the day, a W is a W. They all go in the same column. Just going to keep building off this, correct the tape tomorrow, and get ready for a big showdown against Philly.”
The Giants had a long list of important contributors.
Linebacker Blake Martinez joined the safeties in intercepting passes thrown by Smith (who took over late in the first quarter after Kyle Allen suffered an ankle injury). Peppers (on Washington’s first offensive play) and Madre Harper (on an early muffed punt) recovered fumbles. The five takeaways are the Giants’ highest total in a game since Sept. 25, 2014, when they had six in Washington.
Despite getting sacked five times, Daniel Jones completed 68% of his passes (23 of 34) for 212 yards and one touchdown and had zero turnovers.
The Giants’ 2017 draft class had a big day as first-round tight end Evan Engram caught his first touchdown pass of the season and fourth-rounder Wayne Gallman led the team with 68 rushing yards, including a two-yard touchdown. Alfred Morris added 67 yards on the ground.
Ten different receivers caught passes, led by Sterling Shepard with six. Rookie Austin Mack caught a 50-yard pass for the Giants’ longest completion of the season.
Graham Gano has now made 18 field goal attempts in a row after converting attempts of 38, 48 and 42 yards against Washington.
“We keep getting in these close games,” said defensive lineman Leonard Williams, who had one of the Giants’ two sacks. “Hopefully, one day we’re not taking it to the last two minutes of the game and we’re just able to close it out before we get to that point. But this defense is pretty good and I think everyone believes in each other, so when we were challenged by Coach Judge, we took it in a positive way, we were like, ‘Okay, let’s do it, let’s put the team on our back, let’s go out there for another drive and do it again.’ The guys answered the challenge and we got the win.”
If any player deserved to be singled out, it was Ryan, who endured an incomprehensibly difficult week. Soon after the Giants’ two-point loss last Monday night to Tampa Bay, Ryan received a phone call from his wife, Ashley, who was in Florida and experiencing extreme stomach pain. She was going to try to sleep it off until Giants assistant athletic trainer Justin Maher instructed her to get to a hospital. That forceful directive might have saved her life. Ashley Ryan was soon rushed into surgery with an ectopic pregnancy. She has since rejoined her family and is recuperating in New Jersey.
Despite carrying that burden, Ryan was one of the Giants’ key contributors on Sunday. He had six tackles (five solo), two passes defensed, forced the fumble that Peppers recovered and sealed the victory with his first interception of the season with 1:15 remaining.
“It was an extremely emotional week,” Ryan said. “Extremely grateful to the organization and to my wife. She’s a fighter, to not lose her there in that situation is very fortunate. At the same time, my wife and I mourn in silence of our lost child during that process too, so we had a loss as well. Although it’s a great story, it was an emotional week for me and her, and that game was definitely for my wife, definitely for my family. I had her name written on my cleats and just extremely grateful that I have a great wife. That ball is for her, she told me to bring one home for her, so I was able to do that.”
“Logan’s a very mentally tough football player and he’s a great team leader,” Judge said. “There are a lot of things behind the scenes that people don’t know or see that Logan really brings to a team. That’s something I’ve seen really evolve throughout his career. First coaching him when he was a younger player (in New England), and then having to coach against him when he was on an opposing team and he beat you, and you know that he’s a key catalyst in winning those games. Now being back on a team with him, you can see how his maturity and his age have really helped him settle in. It really is what his personality is and Logan is a tremendous leader for us, on and off the field.”
The defensive call used to thwart Washington’s last gasp had been in the playbook for about 20 hours before it was called. Fittingly, it was installed as a reaction to the Giants’ too many close losses.
“The play that we ran is something that I talked to (defensive coordinator] Pat Graham about doing and putting me in that position to make that play,” Ryan said. “In two-minute, we’d been struggling all year and it was just a play that we put in, I think, Saturday night, like hours before the game. Last night, we said we were going to try something new and try that.
“In the first half, I messed up, I wasn’t there, They ran a 32-yard in-cut in the two-minute and that was my fault, that was my job there. I told Pat, I said, ‘Hey, that’s on me. Call it again and I’ll be there, I’ll make it right,’ and at least he thinks it’s going to be there, so he called it again and the next time we ran it was at the end of the game and I was able to make the play. So that’s just the story behind the game and I’m very fortunate that Pat trusts me enough to run my play and to call my play and to call my number, and that’s what I believe I’m here to do and I believe I was here to do today for the team.”
Ryan guaranteed the Giants wouldn’t let another game slip from their grasp in the fourth quarter. Maybe that will start a new trend.
After the Giants’ 25-23 loss to the Buccaneers on Monday night, Giants safety Logan Ryan dealt with a more significant issue. Ryan received a phone call from his wife, Ashley, who had flown to the family’s home in Florida to vote in the presidential election.
According to Ryan, Ashley was dealing with stomach pain, and after advice from Giants trainer Justin Maher, she decided to go to the hospital. On Wednesday, Ryan discussed the situation.
“She was telling me about some pain she had in her stomach,” said Ryan, who has a daughter, Avery, and a son, Otto, with Ashley. “She wanted to sleep it off. She was in extreme pain, but she said she’ll wait until the morning. I talked to one of our trainers about the symptoms. He said, ‘No, she needs to go to the ER.’ My wife ended up going to the ER, and they ended up catching (an) ectopic pregnancy, where the egg was in the wrong place in her fallopian tube, and it was about to burst. She ended up going into emergency surgery. … They ended up saving her and ended up preventing a lot of what could have been done. That was a trainer on our team, Justin Maher, telling my wife to go to the ER at 1 a.m. and could have saved her life or saved a lot of internal bleeding there. That’s the type of organization we have here. My kids are okay, my wife is recovering well, she’s okay.”
Logan Ryan has played in 131 NFL regular-season and postseason games, which means he has participated in many hundreds of practices. But today the eight-year veteran experienced a practice first – he wore a mask.
“(It was) not too comfortable, but this is 2020,” Ryan said in a post-practice Zoom call. “A lot of things we have to adjust for, a lot of curveballs. I’m not complaining, got the best job in the world. I got used to it pretty quickly.”
Giants players were required to wear masks as part of the more intensive protocols mandated by the NFL after guard Will Hernandez was today placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. The Giants practiced in a downpour as they began preparing for their game Monday night against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The new protocols include a mandate that meetings must be conducted virtually unless they are in an area large enough to allow social distancing.
The Giants, like all teams, are used to such requirements and are unfazed by them.
“So far, everything has been normal,” Ryan said. “Practiced out there on the field, meeting as normal. How we have to adjust is just what the NFL protocols will be. I wasn’t here in the spring, but I am familiar with the Zoom app, I am a millennial. I’ll turn it on and make sure my kids aren’t doing backflips. I’ll have to mute myself a little bit. I’ll be super locked in. It’s important, it’s a big game. It’s Tom Brady and the crew coming to town. I’ll definitely be in the meetings, prepared and ready to go.”
The protocols are an enhanced extension of the regimen the players have followed since the spring, when team facilities were closed, learning was remote and on-field instruction was prohibited.
Ryan was a free agent who didn’t join the Giants until Sept. 4, but that hasn’t precluded him from appreciating the COVID-19 induced weirdness.
“It’s a year I’m going to remember, for sure,” Ryan said. “Everybody is going to remember this. Everyone has to adjust in every walk of life. That comes to NFL players, that comes to NFL practice. That’s definitely been an adjustment with a lot of things. You know you have to take it for what it is. This is what we signed up for. I didn’t opt out, I signed up to play. I knew there was going to be some curveballs in there.
“I think that (coach) Joe (Judge) has been extremely flexible. I think the Giants have done a great job handling everything the best they can. We just have to go with what the NFL protocol is. Whatever they tell us is what we have to do, is what we’ve done. We’re not the first team to go through this, we won’t be the last. We just have to handle it the best we can, which I feel like we have. It’s definitely going to be a year I remember.”