If all dreams come true for at least a day during the NFL draft, then training camp is the groggy between sleep and waking when some dreams fade and others come into focus.
It gets interesting when seasoned journalists contrast sharply over who is fading and who is shining.
And that is not only true for draft picks, and new comer Stefan Logan gift wrapped the perfect example this week.
Logan was a CFL stand out at running back and as kick returner who signed with the Steelers as an undrafted free agent shortly after the 2009 draft.
For the record, Steel Curtain Rising knew and still knows nothing about Logan, so like most of the rest of Steelers Nation we depend entirely on the professionals.
But in whom to place your trust when it comes to making such judgments?
Ah, that is the complicated question.
Bouchette vs. Brown
This week the two beat writers from both of Pittsburgh’s dailies went head-to-head (in a manner of speaking) over Stefan Logan.
Ed Bouchette entered the fray first during his weekly Tuesday chat. Here’s the exchange:
Viz-Burgh: Ed, what's the word on Stefan Logan? Saw he was activated from PUP yesterday AM & practiced, but then heard he missed the afternoon. Did he practice this AM? Any word on him?
Ed Bouchette: Logan looks like a guy headed for the cut list.
A day or so later, Scotty Brown of the Tribune-Review weighed with his assessment of Logan in his “From the Press Box” feature:
His ability to make the kind of exaggerated cuts you see in video games earned Stefan Logan the nickname "Joystick" last season while he was tearing it up inthe CFL.
It drew "oohs" and "aahs" from fans today at St. Vincent College as Logan showcased the kind of burst and shiftiness that may allow him to play his way onto the Steelers as a kickoff returner/receiver/running back….
Logan is just 5-foot-6 and 180 pounds but he is already showing the kind of toughness he needs if he wants to stick with the Steelers. Put on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list last Friday because of a mid-foot sprain, Foster [sic] started practicing Monday.
Contrasting opinions do not get any clearer.
Bouchette commands a certain respect as the dean of the Steelers press corps, but Scott Brown has shown a knack for hustling for the story.
Either way, it will be interesting to see how this turns out.
In the meantime, if any of you have seen Logan in action in the CFL or on Chuck Noll field at St. Vincents, feel free to share your views by leaving a comment.