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 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."