Defensive Back Logan Ryan
Q: How much are you looking forward to seeing if you guys can stack a couple really good performances and do it against a pretty legit offense?
A: Yeah, that's the goal – consistency. I think last week we found a way to win. We found a formula that was good for us and we've got to try to replicate. Every game's different, different players, different game plan. They're really good on offense. Number two in passing, number one in third down offense, so we've got our work cut out for us. We're up for the challenge. (That's what) we're out here practicing for and getting the looks and so far, so good.
Q: You've seen a fair amount of (Chiefs Tight End) Travis Kelce, what is it that makes him so talented and what kind of challenge does he bring for defenses?
A: I actually played against him in college at Cincinnati. Hall of Famer. He has great chemistry with his quarterback, great hands, good routes, good wiggle. He's able to always uncover and has just a great mind for the game. He doesn't run the routes how you would teach a high schooler or how they're drawn up in the playbook. He kind of runs them to get open. He's just a really good player that knows how to get open, catch the ball and run after it. It's going to be a great challenge. We're going to have to mix it up with him. He's definitely one of their go-to guys. In order to beat the Chiefs, you've got to take care of Travis Kelce or make him have a frustrating day, which you've got to hit him at the line of scrimmage. It's going to take all three levels to really affect Travis Kelce.
Q: How do you think you guys have done against tight ends this season?
A: I'm not sure, honestly. I think in the games we won, we did good and in the games we lost, we didn't do good enough. I think we did okay. We've got to get better at it.
Q: How do you prepare for a quarterback who is kind of willing to throw it anywhere?
A: He's the best quarterback in the league, arm-talent wise, creativity, arm strength, so we've got to do our jobs. We've got to defend the deep part of the field when I'm back there and cover for a little bit longer than normal because he always keeps the play alive. You really can't, you really can't replicate it. Like I said, catching balls off the jugs, but really, you can't. You've got to go out there and just do your job and do it well and be in position when the ball is in the air.
Q: Do you buy into the theory the Chiefs are struggling and this is a good week to play them?
A: No, I don't buy into that theory. It's Monday night, they're going to bring their A-game. They've got really good players. They've got championship-caliber players. I think they're going to be at their best. Like I said, they're still the number two passing offense. They still have legit all Pro Bowlers all over their offensive side of the ball, so defensively, we've got our work cut out for us. But that's just the challenge of the league. That's the challenge of being a defensive back. In order for us to win that game, we've got to play well on defense.
Q: I'm sure you've spoken with (Safety) Jabrill (Peppers) since the news came down. How tough was that and what have those conversations kind of been like?
A: It sucks, man. It really sucks. I feel like we were just finding a groove of all playing together this year. That's a great kid with a great heart. He loves football. He does whatever the team asks him to do. He probably had his best game and, it might be a topic for another conversation, but we've really got to talk about these turf fields, man. It's just not best for a player's safety. It's too many lower body injuries and it's unfortunate. It's unfortunate going into a contract year. It just breaks your heart, so it's tough. It's going to be really tough to replace his energy. He broke our team down after the game. I don't know if you saw the video, with a torn ACL and a high-ankle sprain and he's, 'good job fellas.' That's just him. He's about the team. He's all about the team. I love playing with him. We're in touch. He's still around obviously helping us out. We'll miss him, but it's just too many lower body injuries on turf. The discrepancy is way too high and it's taking guys earnings away, their earning ability away, when you miss a season because your ankle can't get out of the turf or your knee can't get out of the turf. So, it's unfortunate.
Q: This turf has been criticized by a lot of players around the league, what do you think of the turf here?
A: I mean, our turf is like any other turf. I think a lot of the turfs are bad. I don't think they're bad, I just think they're not as good as grass. They're turf. They are what they are. But we practice on grass every day. The English Premier League, those players play on grass and we play on turf. I get it and a lot of guys get high-ankle sprains and tear their knees every year on turf. If it happens on grass, it happens on grass. Grass has the ability to move a little bit move than turf. Our turf to anybody else's, players don't like playing on turf. If you had a poll, the players don't like playing on it. It is what it is. We play on it, but it's just unfortunate when you see that stuff happen.
Q: What have you thought of (Cornerback) Aaron Robinson? I know he's just kind of working his way back in, but he was a guy who came in with pretty high expectations as a third-round pick. Do you think he's somebody that looks like he can contribute to you guys still?
A: Yeah, no doubt. He looks like he can. He's been working hard, and he'll get his opportunity. That's all you can ask for in this league is an opportunity and to be prepared for it. He's been preparing for six weeks or whatever and all offseason for it, so he's got an ability to see some live action potentially and I think he can't be any more prepared based on the situation. He's been doing a lot of stuff behind the scenes. (Hopefully) we get to see him, let him loose…we need that DB, more DBs. We need that depth, and we need him, so we're counting on him.