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05-19-2009, 08:07 AM
Fleet Steelers returner downplays long odds
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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

John Harris is a sports columnist for the Tribune-Review. He can be reached via e-mail or at 412-481-5432.
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Steelers rookie Stefan Logan has never accepted no for an answer, and he isn't ready to begin now.

Logan generously listed at 5-foot-7, 185 pounds is a running back/kick returner who knows all about overcoming steep odds.

An undrafted free agent from the Canadian Football League via the University of South Dakota, Logan is the longest of long shots competing for a roster spot with the defending Super Bowl champion.

Logan knows the Steelers are looking to improve their return game. Locating cracks and crevices in the defense while hitting top speed in a single stride is what Logan does best. He's waited his entire football career for an opportunity like this one.

"Coach (Mike) Tomlin made a nice point about (how) the return game has been slacking, been a little off," said Logan, who resumes voluntary workouts with the Steelers today. "He put it in our heads if you want to make this team, the return game needs to step it up a little bit.

"That was a steppingstone for me, letting me know that to make this team, get out there and return those punts and kickoffs. That's one thing I'm going to be focused on."

Logan carried the ball 122 times for 899 yards and had 52 receptions for 477 yards and three touchdowns with the British Columbia Lions last season. He felt so confident about receiving a fair shot with the Steelers that he bypassed tryout opportunities with other teams, including the Carolina Panthers.

Initially, Logan seemed to have a legitimate shot to compete for a job. Tomlin wants Super Bowl XLIII MVP Santonio Holmes to be a full-time receiver and not have to return punts, which is Logan's specialty. The Steelers also need to improve their kickoff returns; Carey Davis and Gary Russell shared those duties last season, with neither player having much success.

After signing Logan, the Steelers drafted two players who can also return kicks: third-round draft pick Mike Wallace, a receiver; and fifth-round pick Joe Burnett, a cornerback.

"A lot of people judge smaller guys because of their size, thinking we can't get those tough, hard yards, or we can't make those big blocks. But when somebody's got a lot of heart and they're going to put it all out there on the field, don't take that away from them. Let them show what you can do," Logan said. "I'm that type of guy. I'm going to put it all on the line for you."

Logan attracted attention during the Steelers' recent minicamp when he caught a short pass and sidestepped nose tackle Chris Hoke, who appeared to have him trapped along the sideline. It was a move similar to one perfected by fleet San Diego Chargers running back Darren Sproles, who has been a reference point for Logan.

"Looking at him and looking at me, we've kind of got the same kind of frame. Both of us are short, quick tailbacks," said Logan, who turns 28 next month. "A lot of people compare me to Sproles and what he did and what he's going to continue to do. He's a great player. I watched him at Kansas State. I even compared myself to him. When I get the chance, I let my play on the field speak for itself."

05-19-2009, 08:18 AM
Logan seems like a great guy and I wish him luck of course.. but I just don't see how he can make the roster... What with Parker, Mendy, Moore, and possibly Summers in the backfield.. i don't see where he fits.

I think the only possibility is if Summers can work out at fullback, and Logan can shine as a return man in the preseason.

All that being said, I don't think his size will ever be an issue. Like the article mentions, just look at Darren Sproles. Hopefully he can contribute to the team and have a shot at the roster.

05-19-2009, 09:45 AM
I love how we went from a sub-standard return game last year to having SERIOUS competition at the position this year.

Thanks Coach Tomlin!!!!!


05-19-2009, 10:46 AM
:thumbsup:It will be tough for him but he has alot of heart and thats what it will take.:thumbsup:

05-19-2009, 10:52 AM
if we get a return game chalk up another super bowl.

05-19-2009, 06:20 PM
Even if he dosent get on with us with his attitude I will be a fan of his.

05-19-2009, 07:57 PM
Logan generously listed at 5-foot-7, 185 pounds is a running back/kick returner who knows all about overcoming steep odds.

Arians will probably try him out as our goal line back

05-19-2009, 07:57 PM
He might make the roster if a lot of things fall into place. Probably something like Burnett or Wallace ending up on the practice squad, plus we cut Carey Davis, plus someone gets injured. But a lot longer longshots have happened.

05-19-2009, 08:54 PM
If he can show that he can be our #1 return guy, then Tomlin will make room for him. Thats his only shot.

Galax Steeler
05-20-2009, 03:40 AM
Who knows he could be a better returner then anyone else we have on the team. I wish him all the luck to make the team.

Fire Haley
05-20-2009, 04:22 AM
Tomlin wants Super Bowl XLIII MVP Santonio Holmes to be a full-time receiver and not have to return punts

It's about time they listen to me.

05-20-2009, 06:00 AM
It's funny but his roster spot might depend a whole lot on Summers progression. If Summers can take Davis' spot that leaves an opening for Logan.

I'm hoping for both.