Rookie CB Ryan getting his work in

August, 19, 2013
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The preseason is an important time for coaches to evaluate young players on the roster, and one name stands atop the list for the Patriots through two preseason games: Cornerback Logan Ryan.

The third-round draft choice from Rutgers has played a team-high 147 defensive snaps. Add in 16 special-teams snaps and that's about as heavy of a workload as one could get at this point.

Ryan, the 83rd overall pick in the draft, has been called upon for more work with Alfonzo Dennard and Ras-I Dowling yet to play this preseason. He's shown some flexibility to line up both outside and in the slot.

A look a few other young players who have had a heavy workload through two games:

S Duron Harmon -- 133
DE Michael Buchanan -- 107
LB Steve Beauharnais -- 94
LB Jamie Collins -- 81
WR Aaron Dobson -- 81
WR Kenbrell Thompkins -- 77
DE Marcus Benard -- 76
WR Josh Boyce -- 72
TE Zach Sudfeld -- 65
DE Jake Bequette -- 63

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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