Until the third quarter of Friday night’s exhibition game against Tampa Bay rookie Patriots cornerback Logan Ryan was virtually invisible.

When he blitzed off the corner the Buccaneers ran for big yardage up the middle. On the plays when Tampa Bay passed the ball rarely if ever came in Ryan’s direction.

When it finally did the third-round draft pick made himself visible all right.

Covering Tampa Bay’s Ryan Hagan out of the slot Ryan stayed to his inside as the Bucs receiver ran a simple out route. When Bucs quarterback Mike Glennon threw in Hagan’s direction Ryan jumped in front snatched the ball cleanly out of the air and sprinted 53 yards the other way for a touchdown.
Even before Ryan’s pick-six Friday starting safety Devin McCourty saw flashes of talent in the rookie defensive back.

“He’s getting better. Logan came in; he’s got a great upside. I think his work ethic is going to show” McCourty said. “From the time he’s gotten in to now he’s gotten a lot better. I think he’s going to keep getting better. The sky’s the limit for him.”

As for the play against the Bucs Ryan said “It’s something that you pick up from just practicing against guys but I kind of went with my instinct and got there and it ended up well.”

In camp the Pats gave Ryan plenty of repetitions with the first and second unit against both the Eagles and the Bucs.