Logan knows the competition is heavy
Stefan Logan (USPW)
Stefan Logan (USPW)
Special to roarreport.com
Posted Jun 23, 2012


Are the Lions gently easing jack-of-all-trades return ace Stefan Logan out of the picture? It's difficult not to think that when you see the moves the Lions made in the offseason and notice that Logan has worked exclusively with the running backs this offseason.

Are the Lions gently easing jack-of-all-trades return ace Stefan Logan out of the picture? It's difficult not to think that when you see the moves the Lions made in the offseason and notice that Logan has worked exclusively with the running backs this offseason.

Coach Jim Schwartz, of course, immediately dismissed that notion, cautioning against reading too much into offseason deployment.

"He probably played more snaps at running back the last couple of years than he has any other position other than kick and punt return," Schwartz said. "He is a multi-dimensional player, obviously. He can play running back, receiver, he can return kicks and punts and he can cover kicks and punts. He's just continuing in the same role he's been in."

Maybe so, but consider this: Logan is listed as a receiver, yet the Lions have 13 other receivers in camp, including recently-signed veterans Maurice Stovall and Jarett Dillard.

The Lions drafted receiver and return specialist Ryan Broyles in the second round. They are also giving return reps to receivers Titus Young and Patrick Edwards and running back Joique Bell.

He has been taking first-team reps on both coverage units, but the Lions made no secret of the fact they drafted for special teams help with the likes of Ronnell Lewis, Tahir Whitehead, Travis Lewis, Chris Greenwood and Bill Bentley.

If Logan is sweating any of this, he is doing an exceptional job of hiding it.

"When you start worrying about that stuff, that's when you start losing focus on what you really need to do," he said. "I am not out here worrying about who they bring in or who they have back there returning kicks or taking a few snaps.

"They've got to look at these guys in case something happens. Somebody's got to step up and they've got to know what these guys look like."

Logan, who turned 31 on June 2, is coming off what he called a down year. The league moved the kickoffs up five yards, which drastically decreased the number of returns. Logan had 22 fewer kickoff returns and 616 fewer return yards last season than he had in 2010.

His average punt return also went down by four yards.

"Last year was kind of a down year for us, as far as kick and punt returns," he said. "Some of the new rules played a role in it. I was kind of down about some of the stuff that came in, but when they make new rules you adjust to them and you move forward.

"I am not looking back on last year, I am looking forward."

Logan, who will be an unrestricted free agent after this season, is on the books for $615,000, so he's not eating up much cap space. He is hoping that his experience and versatility - he does the work of three or four players - will preserve his roster spot.

"I am just trying to do everything I can to help this team, whether it is at running back, receiver or special teams," he said. "I know my role is doing everything they ask me to do. Even if I had to go get on defense like (receiver) Rashied Davis did last year, I am on it.

"I am just trying to get in anywhere I can."


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