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Logan Ryan: 'No surprise' Patriots QB Tom Brady is 'still pretty good'

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Logan Ryan: 'No surprise' Patriots QB Tom Brady is 'still pretty good'

Logan Ryan is no stranger to practicing against the New England Patriots offense.

The veteran cornerback was selected by New England in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft and played his first four seasons in Foxboro. Ryan, who signed with the Tennessee Titans in free agency after the 2016 season, went up against Tom Brady and Co. in practice Wednesday for the first time since leaving the Patriots. The Titans are hosting the Patriots for two joint practices this week before Saturday night's preseason game in Nashville.

With no Julian Edelman (injured left thumb) or Rob Gronkowski (retired) taking part in drills Wednesday, the Patriots offense looked quite a bit different than the unit Ryan is used to seeing.

"There were some new faces, for sure, but (Brady) was out there. Whenever he's out there, you got to be on high alert," Ryan told reporters after practice. "It was good competition today. It was hot. We brought great energy, it was physical. He definitely made some good throws. There's no surprise he's still pretty good."

Ryan, who tallied 76 total tackles with eight passes defensed in 2018, has been a leader in the Titans secondary during his two seasons in Tennessee.

Last season the Titans ranked seventh in the league in pass yards allowed per attempt and sixth in pass yards allowed per game. Ryan and the excellent Titans pass defense were among the reasons why the team gave up the third-fewest points in the league. The problem for the Titans was their offense couldn't score, finishing as one of the seven teams that put up fewer than 20 points per game.

Going up against Brady and the Patriots offense this week is a great test for the Titans as they try to build on the success their pass defense has enjoyed in recent seasons.

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Tom Brady and Jamal Adams sound off on NFL officiating during Jaguars vs Titans

Tom Brady and Jamal Adams sound off on NFL officiating during Jaguars vs Titans

Tom Brady couldn't contain his disappointment in NFL officiating Thursday night after Titans edge rusher Kamalei Correa was flagged for roughing Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew. 

Here's the play that netted the Jaguars 15 yards during a first-half drive:

For two seasons now, the NFL has been trying to protect quarterbacks from plays where defensive players drive them into the ground on sacks and/or QB hits. Plenty of quarterbacks have suffered collarbone and/or shoulder injuries that cause them to miss significant time, so the league has put an emphasis on calling bigger hits on quarterbacks. 

But sometimes, plays like these don't warrant a 15-yard penalty and players have been expressing their frustration lately. 

Jamal Adams was recently fined for a hit on Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield on Monday Night Football, calling the league a "damn joke" for fining him. And if a quarterback is complaining about a rule protecting quarterbacks, then it's probably time to reconsider how it's being called out on the field. 

Brady and Adams will square off against each other this Sunday when the Jets visit the Patriots in Week 3, so it'll be interesting to see what Adams will do if he has a chance to put a hit on Brady, and how the QB will react if it happens. 

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Josh Gordon appreciative of Patriots' support: 'I love these guys'

Josh Gordon appreciative of Patriots' support: 'I love these guys'

Josh Gordon is settled in and feeling more comfortable than ever in his second year in New England.

It hasn't been the easiest road for the Patriots wide receiver, who was acquired from the Cleveland Browns 12 months ago. Gordon played in 11 games with the Patriots last season before being suspended for violating the terms of his reinstatement under the league's substance-abuse policy.

But the 28-year-old has received immense support from his Patriots family through it all, and for that he's appreciative.

“It feels like I am back home," Gordon told reporters on Thursday. "It is a home environment. I love these guys. They corralled around me to support me, showed me love and I appreciate that each and every day that I am here. It is easy to come in and do what I have to do."

Gordon was reinstated on Aug. 16 and immediately made his presence felt in the season opener vs. the Steelers, notching three receptions for 73 yards and a touchdown. Through two weeks, he's feeling far more confident with his role in the Patriots' offense.

“Last year was kind of on the fly," Gordon said. "I got traded in the season and had to pick it up as I was going along and with the injury at the same time. It was a lot to take on. This year, I have more familiarity with it, got extra time in the offseason to study what I already knew and when I got in here I was able to pick it up where I left off and even better I would say.

"It is pretty smooth right now.”

So far, so good this season for Gordon as he looks ahead to Sunday's AFC East matchup against the New York Jets.

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