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Tuesday, December 14, 2010
NFC North High Energy Player of the Week

By Kevin Seifert

A look at a player who gave his team a significant boost in Week 14.

Few noticed when the Detroit Lions made a quiet waiver claim on Sept. 6. Stefan Logan had been as productive playmaker in the CFL and set a single-season record in kickoff return yardage last season for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was deemed expendable in Pittsburgh but was a perfect fit for a team that had no established returner.

Stefan Logan
Stefan Logan contributed to the Lions upset win over the Packers on offense and special teams.
In Week 14, Logan proved himself to be a multidimensional player who has achieved elite status on special teams and can now be an exciting change of pace on offense as well. In Sunday's 7-3 victory over the Green Bay Packers, Logan had a 35-yard kickoff return, averaged 9.3 yards on four punt returns and gained 30 yards on five carries as a running back/receiver.

For the season, Logan ranks second in the NFL in average kickoff return yardage (28.8) and fourth in average punt returns (12.9). At 5-foot-6 and 180 pounds, Logan also has a regular role on kick coverage units.

"He's a playmaker," coach Jim Schwartz said. "... We've given him a little bit on offense; some reverses and things like that and just expanded that role a little bit. He gets a lot of attention when he goes in the game, so you can use him as a decoy at times. Plus, if he's out there, people need to respect his ability to run and get open and things like that so you see a lot of people match with nickel and -- in those cases -- we were getting him back into the backfield and running the ball with him. So he's just a multidimensional player."