FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots rookie cornerback Logan Ryan made one of his best plays of the season in returning an interception 79 yards for a touchdown on Sunday. But his actions as he crossed the goal line, when he leaped and grabbed his crotch, that have generated more attention (including a $10,000 fine from the NFL).
Ryan addressed the actions when asked by reporters on Thursday.
"First off, I just want to apologize to all the fans and all the viewers who had to witness that," he said, later adding that the worst part for him was seeing his mother after the game as she expressed her disapproval. "I own up to it 100 percent. It's not acceptable. It's not acceptable for me and this team. I want to put it behind me and I want to move on, and focus on Miami, and let people know it won't happen again. That's not who I am."
Ryan, the third-round draft choice out of Rutgers, has seen his playing time increase in recent weeks as he was charted on the field for a season-high 66 snaps Sunday. With top cornerback Aqib Talib missing Sunday's loss to the Jets, Ryan mostly was utilized as the team's No. 3 corner.
The following are Ryan's defensive snap counts this season (including penalties):
at Jets: 66
vs. Saints: 33
at Bengals: 4
at Falcons: 20
vs. Buccaneers: 20
vs. Jets: 0
at Bills: 2
Patriots coach Bill Belichick was complimentary of Ryan's play against the Jets.
"I thought Logan gave us some solid plays out there," Belichick said earlier this week. "Obviously the big play on the interception, had some good coverage plays; had some other plays that I’m sure he would love to have back that could have been a little better."
As for Ryan himself, he said: "It's been a lot of fun. It's been a learning experience. I have a lot to learn and a lot to grow, but I'm surrounded by great players on our team."