Logan Stenberg: From Detroit to Tampa Bay – A Fresh Start for the Offensive Lineman
After losing his spot on the Detroit Lions following a rough training camp, offensive lineman Logan Stenberg has found another chance with a new team.
ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed the former fourth-round pick to their practice squad, adding depth to their offensive line. Stenberg had been with the Lions since 2020 and started two games last season but was surpassed in training camp and waived on August 10.
Logan Stenberg Fell Down Depth Chart in Detroit
Though Stenberg had an important role with the Lions at the start of the season, he was pulled out of the starting lineup amid some high-profile miscues.
Stenberg struggled when placed into the starting lineup last season in place of the injured Halapoulivaati Vaitai. Stenberg was flagged for back-to-back false start penalties on the opening drive in the September 11 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, then continued to struggle. As SI.com’s Christian Booher noted, Stenberg received a 25.9 overall offensive grade from Pro Football Focus and a zero in pass-blocking.
Stenberg struggled again in training camp this summer and was released before the start of the preseason. As Jeff Risdon of USA Today’s Lions Wire reported, Stenberg saw a pair of rookie linemen surpass him on the depth chart prior to his release.
“He’d been repping all of training camp with the final group of offensive linemen,” Risdon wrote. “Stenberg had fallen behind, among others, fifth-round rookie Colby Sorsdal and undrafted rookie Brad Cecil in the training camp pecking order.”
Stenberg’s release during training camp was not a surprise to many. Risdon had previously reported that he continued to struggle with penalties during practices, a habit that had been with him since college.
“Perhaps the most telling moment came in Sunday’s unpadded walkthrough,” Risdon wrote. “Playing left guard on the third unit, Stenberg quite obviously held reserve DT Benito Jones on a run play. Preventable penalties have been a major issue for Stenberg dating back to his college days at Kentucky, when he led the nation in penalties as a senior. He’s not grown out of that despite years of NFL coaching.”
Buccaneers Need Offensive Line Depth
As River Wells of USA Today’s BucsWire noted, Tampa Bay had an open spot on their practice squad after releasing offensive lineman John Molchon earlier in the week. Stenberg, who had a short stint with the Chicago Bears after leaving the Lions, had visited Tampa for a workout and now earned a spot on the practice squad.
The Buccaneers have looked sharp on offense through the first two games, especially Sunday’s win over the Bears. The offense totaled 437 yards in the game, with quarterback Tom Brady throwing for 317 yards and a touchdown and running back Leonard Fournette running for 73 yards and a touchdown.
The Lions have been struggling on offense, though their defense has been holding up as they gave up an average of 28.5 points per game through the first two games of the year. After a surprise victory over the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs in the season opener, the Lions lost to the Seattle Seahawks in overtime to fall to 1-1.
Stenberg could have a chance to face his former team very soon. The Buccaneers host the Lions on October 15.
Nathan Dougherty is a sports reporter covering the Buffalo Bills and Detroit Lions for Heavy. Previously, he wrote for the Rochester Business Journal and served as the assistant editor of athletic trade magazines Coaching Management, Athletic Management, and Training & Conditioning. He is based out of Rochester, New York, and loves everything football. More about Nathan Dougherty.
The recent signing of offensive lineman Logan Stenberg by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has provided him with a fresh start after a challenging training camp with the Detroit Lions. Stenberg, a former fourth-round pick, has joined the Buccaneers’ practice squad to bolster their offensive line depth. This move comes as the Lions waived Stenberg on August 10, following his struggles in training camp.
Stenberg’s demotion in Detroit was a result of a series of high-profile mistakes that led to him being pulled out of the starting lineup. Last season, when he filled in for the injured Halapoulivaati Vaitai, Stenberg struggled with penalties, including consecutive false start penalties in a game against the Philadelphia Eagles. His performance, as evaluated by Pro Football Focus, was subpar, receiving a low overall offensive grade and a zero in pass-blocking.
His struggles continued into this year’s training camp, where he fell behind rookie linemen Colby Sorsdal and Brad Cecil on the depth chart. Stenberg’s release did not come as a surprise to many, as he had a history of struggling with penalties dating back to his college days at Kentucky.
Fortunately for Stenberg, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had an open spot on their practice squad and extended an offer after a workout. This opportunity allows him to learn and develop under the guidance of experienced NFL coaches while providing depth to the Buccaneers’ offensive line.
The Buccaneers’ offense has shown great promise in the first two games of the season, particularly in their victory over the Chicago Bears. With quarterback Tom Brady leading the way, the offense amassed 437 yards of total offense. Stenberg’s former team, the Lions, on the other hand, have been struggling on offense, but their defense has been holding up. They will face off against the Buccaneers on October 15, providing Stenberg with a potential opportunity to prove himself against his former teammates.
As Logan Stenberg embarks on this fresh start with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the football world will be watching to see if he can overcome his past mistakes and fulfill his potential as a talented offensive lineman.
Nathan Dougherty is a sports reporter covering the Buffalo Bills and Detroit Lions for Heavy. He is based out of Rochester, New York, and is passionate about all things football.