Ryan apologizes for touchdown celebration

Ryan apologizes for touchdown celebration
October 24, 2013, 2:45 pm
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FOXBORO -- It was the best play of Logan Ryan's young professional football career. After intercepting Jets quarterback Geno Smith late in the first quarter of New England's 30-27 loss to the Jets, Ryan ran for 79 yards and scored.

What happened as he crossed the goal line, though, soured what should have been a moment he savors for the rest of his career.

He jumped, turned to face the opponents he had just left behind, and grabbed his crotch. The NFL fined him $10,000 on Thursday for the act, and Ryan apologized in kind when asked about the incident by reporters after the news of his fine was made public.

"First off, I just want to apologize to all the fans and all the viewers who had to witness that," Ryan said. "I own up to it 100 percent. It's not acceptable. It's not acceptable to me and this team. And, you know, I want to put it behind me and just move on and focus on Miami, and just let people know it won't happen again. That's not who I am."

The Patriots rookie corner back showed what appeared to be heartfelt remorse for what he did at MetLife Stadium, about 35 miles from where he played his college football at Rutgers University, and about a 90 minute drive from his hometown of Berlin, New Jersey.

"I want to be held accountable for this," Ryan said. "I think I have a lot of football in me in the future, and I just want to make the most of it and make the most of my opportunities in the future."

Ryan saw a significant bump in his playing time in Week 7 with starting cornerback Aqib Talib out of action because of a hip injury. Playing in 66 of New England's 92 defensive snaps, according to Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston, Ryan finished with four tackles, a pass defensed and his interception return for a score.

Ryan has been getting more and more comfortable with New England's defensive system with each passing week, he explained.

"It slows down week by week with repetition," he said. "That starts in practice. I'm practicing better than I have in the past, and I think as I practice better, I'll play better and it'll all continue to slow down."

With Talib out, the Patriots secondary had intermittent breakdowns, especially in the first quarter when Smith found receiver Jeremy Kerley for 38 yards and a touchdown on three completions.

Ryan, who played both on the inside and outside while at Rutgers, said he hasn't put any more pressure on himself to make plays with Talib -- his locker room neighbor -- out.

"It' a high-pressure position in general," Ryan said. "It's just next man in. Aqib let us know that the day that he was out, it's gonna be next man in. If that's me, whoever it may be, we all just have to step up and do a little more."