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Captcoolhand
08-30-2009, 04:37 PM
PITTSBURGH In the CFL, there's no place for a kick returner to hide. No fair catches, no kickoffs downed in the end zone. It's run with the football when it's kicked, or else.
Ex-B.C. Lions wide receiver Stefan Logan is bringing that approach to the Pittsburgh Steelers, who won the Super Bowl last season despite having one of the NFL's worst return units.
Logan appears to have significantly upgraded the Steelers in one of their weakest areas - returning punts. He averaged 15.8 yards on four returns during a 17-0 victory over the Buffalo Bills on Saturday night, a week after he averaged 12 yards on four punt returns and had 207 yards on kick returns against the Redskins.
"Looking at him on tape and what he's doing on the field, he's been very impressive," cornerback Ike Taylor said.
Logan seems likely to begin the season as the Steelers' returner; he has been competing with rookie Joe Burnett, who had two fumbles in his first two games. If he does, Logan is looking to run, not to play it safe.
"I feel pretty good out there," Logan said. "As long as you have confidence, Coach will gain confidence in you."
Indeed, coach Mike Tomlin seems to like knowing that the Steelers may finally have found some returners with the ability to break some long gains. Rookie wide receiver Mike Wallace, one of the fastest players in team history, has been taking most of the kickoff returns, but Logan can return kickoffs, too.
"He has earned the right to be watched," Tomlin said of Logan, who set South Dakota school records for rushing and all-purpose yardage despite not playing for two seasons after his only high school season in Miami. "I think he has our attention. We will take him down to Charlotte (for Thursday night's game) and see what he has down there."
Getting the NFL's attention previously was a problem for the five-foot-seven, 180-pound Logan, partly because of his size.
Despite rushing for 5,958 yards at South Dakota, he wasn't drafted out of college and didn't stick after attending a New York Giants minicamp. He spent several weeks on the Miami Dolphins' practice squad in 2007, but wasn't activated.
Despite his size, the Steelers noticed him after he ran for 889 yards and caught 52 passes for 477 yards for the Lions last season and gave him a two-year contract.
The Steelers signalled they planned on upgrading their returners by drafting Wallace on the third round and Burnett in the fifth, yet it may be a non-drafted player who fields most of the kicks.
The game is different on the longer and wider field in Canada, although Logan believes that helped prepare him for the NFL.
"There is no fair catch in the Canadian Football League," said Logan. "They have to give you a five-yard halo, once you get the ball you have to return it every time. Even on kickoff returns, there are no touchbacks. It goes into the end zone, it is a point for the other team. So you have a chance to catch the ball and make some good yards."
For the Steelers, any yards are good yards on kick returns.
Despite winning the Super Bowl, they were next to last in the league in punt returns with a 6 yards per return average that was well below Buffalo's league-leading 15.5 average. The Steelers were fourth from the bottom in kickoff returns, averaging 20.3 yards.
Because of Logan's CFL background as a receiver, they also might use him on some extra-receiver sets.
"I don't know what direction they want to go in," Logan said. "Hopefully a good direction and I'll be on the field."
The direction the Steelers want to see him going is upfield, and in a hurry. As fast as running back Willie Parker is, he nearly lost to Logan during an impromptu training camp race.
"I was glad we didn't have five more yards to go," Parker said. "He was blowing past me.":tt02:

Damn, I knew Dude was fast but :eek1: :clap:

Logan is definitely getting notice around the NFL and if we don't sign him, He won't last on Practice squad. :2cents:

KRAZYRIDE
08-30-2009, 05:45 PM
I'd love to see his take some snaps as RB I mean we don't really have anything to loose in that area espicially since you can't even say Parker is better because Logan is faster and Willie only has speed

Big T
08-30-2009, 05:46 PM
After everything he has shown, I don't see how he's not on the 53 man roster. With Stefan and Mike Wallace on KR and Stefan on PR, I see our return game going from almost last, last year, to right around the top this year. I can't imagine the things we could do this year with a complete and dangerous return game, more weapons, healthy players, and an improved Oline(hopefully). The way the offense, defense, and special teams are looking, that 7th Lombardi might come sooner than people think. 11 days baby...11 days :tt02:

HUNT4SEVEN
08-30-2009, 08:10 PM
Stefan has vision, an speed the only thing we need to know is can he carry the rock if he can BYE BYE Willie......with D-sep back to his old self, the Defense looking great as always, Ben looking good our Wideouts are sick, the only concern is the O-Line. If we stay healthy i see an SEVENTH Superbowl title this year:tt02:

ItAintEasyBeingPeazy
08-30-2009, 09:58 PM
Stefan has vision, an speed the only thing we need to know is can he carry the rock if he can BYE BYE Willie......with D-sep back to his old self, the Defense looking great as always, Ben looking good our Wideouts are sick, the only concern is the O-Line. If we stay healthy i see an SEVENTH Superbowl title this year:tt02:

He's a good return man..but i don't see him as a starting RB.The guy is like 5'6 ,180lbs. I don't think he could take the pounding in a full NFL year and behind our Oline at that.I just don't know where he's gonna fit in the roster.We should keep FWP,Mendenhall,Moore and Logan as the RB's and put Redman on the Practice Squad till we need him.I think Mendenhall can handle the short yardage stuff just fine.

BlackGold4vr
08-30-2009, 10:25 PM
After everything he has shown, I don't see how he's not on the 53 man roster. With Stefan and Mike Wallace on KR and Stefan on PR, I see our return game going from almost last, last year, to right around the top this year. I can't imagine the things we could do this year with a complete and dangerous return game, more weapons, healthy players, and an improved Oline(hopefully). The way the offense, defense, and special teams are looking, that 7th Lombardi might come sooner than people think. 11 days baby...11 days :tt02:


Saw a sign in the stands that used the lyrics from "Knockin on heavens door" by Bob Dylan


Knockin' On Seven's Door

Rooney, take this trophy off of me
I can't hold it anymore.
It's gettin' hard, too hard for me to hold
I feel like I'm knockin' on Seven's door.

Knock, knock, knockin' on Seven's door
Knock, knock, knockin' on Seven's door
Knock, knock, knockin' on Seven's door
Knock, knock, knockin' on Seven's door

Casey, put my rivals in the ground
They can't beat us anymore.
That black and gold is comin' down
Feels like I'm knockin' on Seven's door.

Knock, knock, knockin' on Seven's door
Knock, knock, knockin' on Seven's door
Knock, knock, knockin' on Seven's door
Knock, knock, knockin' on Seven's door


:yellowthumb:

Big T
08-30-2009, 10:32 PM
Damn....why's everyone hatin' on Willie Parker? he is a 2-time pro bowler...he's not just a scrub. Stefan Logan is not Willie Parker. Wow.

igor0190
08-31-2009, 08:51 AM
Damn....why's everyone hatin' on Willie Parker? he is a 2-time pro bowler...he's not just a scrub. Stefan Logan is not Willie Parker. Wow.

TOTALLY AGREE:plus1:

Slug
08-31-2009, 09:10 AM
If y`all don't want Logan, we'll take him. *rubs hands together evilly*

Seriously though, the guy is good.

LatrobePA
08-31-2009, 09:29 AM
If y`all don't want Logan, we'll take him. *rubs hands together evilly*

Seriously though, the guy is good.

He's a keeper and if we don't keep him I hope he goes back north! That way we don't have to play him! lol

Callax
08-31-2009, 09:35 AM
He's a good return man..but i don't see him as a starting RB.The guy is like 5'6 ,180lbs. I don't think he could take the pounding in a full NFL year and behind our Oline at that.I just don't know where he's gonna fit in the roster.We should keep FWP,Mendenhall,Moore and Logan as the RB's and put Redman on the Practice Squad till we need him.I think Mendenhall can handle the short yardage stuff just fine.

Logan would be better off as a wr, maybe in for some flat passes out of the backfield or some screens/bubble screens...
Maybe some reverses
WAY too small for RB poundings...

KemoTherapy
08-31-2009, 12:04 PM
I really can't see him @ running back as it would be pretty obvious when they bring him into the game lined up inthe back field that he'd be running the ball and the O-line doesn't run block well enough for him to do the "Sproles" thang. I could see him doing the odd quick slant or screen pass (yeah right) though.

MDSteel15
08-31-2009, 12:57 PM
We haven't had an exciting return man like this since Rod Woodson!

Troyisabeast_43
08-31-2009, 03:11 PM
Stefan Logan had better make this football team. Mike Tomlin is a pretty bright guy and puts a big emphasis on the kicking game, and seeing that he knows that part of the football team needs a lot of help he would be insane to not find a spot for Logan on the 53 man roster and earn a hat as Tomlin likes to say...I still think Carey Davis serves no purpose on this football team especially the way the offense is set up with basically a one back look all of the time. I'd keep Logan and cut Davis for him in a heartbeat...

KRAZYRIDE
08-31-2009, 06:20 PM
We haven't had an exciting return man like this since Rod Woodson!

What about Antwan Randle El hahaha

steelcityrockers
08-31-2009, 09:42 PM
Saw a sign in the stands that used the lyrics from "Knockin on heavens door" by Bob Dylan




:yellowthumb:


Christ that's abysmal. Way to destroy one of Dylan's best songs. What a ****ing douche. Who ever made that deserves water boarding or something of that nature. That makes me throw up in my mouth and it should be killed with fire.

TampaSteelGirl
09-01-2009, 11:00 AM
This guy excites me!! Instead of covering my eyes and trying to overcome the nausea of fear I find myself screaming "Go...Go...Go!! and I can because he's getting the yards!! What a breath of fresh air for the already polished special teams!! :yellowthumb:

SteelCityKid5
09-02-2009, 07:44 AM
Here's the ESPN site where they talk about the little kick/punt returner who could...


http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/columns/story?columnist=pasquarelli_len&id=4436646

LatrobePA
09-02-2009, 08:31 AM
Good read, thanks!

cmerrifield
09-02-2009, 08:36 AM
This was a great read, the addition of Sepulveda and Logan on special teams, and then Sweed stepping up and Wallace looking good, with our D, this could be an excited year for Steelers fans