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Lions Bring in Smith, Havner and Logan

Posted Sep 6, 2010

In the midst of trimming the roster down to 53, the Detroit Lions made additional moves to bring in three new players.
 
Detroit claimed two players off waivers, one being Spencer Havner who was released from Green Bay.
 
At 6-3, 250 pounds, Havner practiced Monday at linebacker, but he can also play tight end and fullback.
 
“We can use him in a lot of different roles,” said Head Coach Jim Schwartz on choosing to practice him at linebacker. “We’re just getting him up to speed in a lot of different places.”
 
Mayhew found watching Havner throughout the preseason interesting considering he got time at linebacker, tight end, fullback, H-back and special teams.
 
“He’s a guy that can play spots where we have some numbers issues right now,” said Mayhew. “At linebacker, with Levy’s injury and at tight end, without (Dan Gronkowski) here.”
 
Gronkowski is now in Denver following Detroit’s trade to acquire second-year cornerback Alphonso Smith.
 
Smith was selected by Denver in the second round (37th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft out of Wake Forest.
 
“He’s a guy who we really liked in college coming out,” said Mayhew. “We felt like he was a young guy with upside and potential. He’s worth a look as a developmental guy to try to bring along. He may give us more than just development, but he’s a guy that definitely has ability – there’s no question about that.”
 
Schwartz likes the fact that Smith already has a year of NFL experience under his belt.
 
Though Smith is still a young player, he has a frame of reference that rookies don’t have and he has played in a defensive scheme at the professional level.
 
“He’s got a great attitude and we just need to get him up to speed quickly,” said Schwartz. “I like a lot of things about him – he’s got a nose for the ball. I think one thing is when you look at DBs, interceptions are a little bit like sacks on the defensive line. You either have it or you don’t. He has the ability to find the ball in the air.”
 
Another position the Lions added a new player to is return specialist, claiming second-year pro Stefan Logan to the roster.
 
Logan spent his first NFL season with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2009 after bouncing around different organizations the previous two years.
 
He spent time with the New York Giants and Miami Dolphins in 2007 before a season in the Canadian Football League in 2008.
 
He caught on with the Steelers and set a team single-season record with 1,466 kickoff return yards.
 
“He’s a dual returner – returns kicks and punts,” said Schwartz. “He has really good speed and the ability to go the distance. Even though he’s short, he doesn’t play small. He plays tough.
 
“And I think it adds a different dimension to us as he’s a sure-handed guy, who’s real natural at catching punts. He gets himself squared up really well, but also adds a little bit of explosive ability there, and has the chance to make a big play.”

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