ALLEN PARK, MI - MAY 12: Head coach Jim Schwartz looks on during a rookie mini camp at the Detroit Lions Headquarters and Training Facility on May 12, 2012 in Allen Park, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
The Detroit Lions' second rookie minicamp practice took place on Saturday morning in Allen Park. Earlier, Jim Schwartz's thoughts on day one of the minicamp were posted, and below you can check out his thoughts on the second day (via the Lions). Once again, you can also check out video from Schwartz's meeting with the media here.
On whether anybody stood out during the team drills today: "No, not really. It's just the beginning for these guys. I never want to make too much of what guys do in this first weekend, whether it's good or bad. It's a chance for guys to sort of catch somebody's eye or show what they can do, but you can get in trouble both ways. You can either get too down on a guy or too high on a guy during this stuff.
"The whole idea here is to get them oriented, get them up to speed so that they can compete when we get to our offseason program because they'll be in our offseason program this week. They'll be in our OTA's the following week and that's really the whole idea behind this, more so than evaluating guys and having guys jump out and things like that."
On CB Alonzo Lawrence making the transition from community college: "Yeah, but he also has experience in the Southeast Conference - he started at Alabama, that's where he signed out of high school. He was a real high recruit, so he was in that program there. So his exposure is not just going straight from junior college right to the NFL. He was a highly recruited guy, he had a little bit of time at Alabama and he has a little bit different perspective.
"He's big, he's got really good speed; like a lot of these guys, he's trying to learn a lot of stuff in a short period of time. But he's got some physical skills that we can work with."
On whether he can tell if he'll like the competition at the cornerback position: "I don't know that I've ever really gone in saying, ‘you want to have good competition.' What you really want is you want to have good players. If you have enough good players, you'll have competition, but I don't know we're really looking to say, ‘we're trying to have competition.' We're trying to have good players, and I think we have a couple there."
On what they look for during the on-field sessions with the rookies: "You want to see guys that can execute and you want to see what physical skills a guy has and different things like that, but a guy is not making the 53-man roster based on what he did in this mini-camp. It's a process, and like I said, the biggest thing is getting them ready for what's coming up in the following weeks more so than the individual stuff that they do out there.
"There's a lot of mistakes out there. If we can eliminate some of those mistakes when we get to next week, then it was a mission accomplished for these guys out there."
On the starting 22 becoming more difficult to break into than the 53-man roster as the team improves: "I think that there's always going to be turnover in the NFL. I think that's sort of just the facts of life now. I don't know that we can ever turn the clock back to 30-40 years ago when it was very difficult for rookies to make the team.
"We talked a little bit yesterday about how you rely on rookies not only making the team, but contributing. That's just part of the model now in the NFL. Theoretically, the more returning players you have, the less chances there's going to be for guys to step in. I don't know that whether you win the Super Bowl or have the first pick of the draft, I don't know that anybody ever feels like they're set. Everybody feels like there's going to be spots that you're going to have to replace every single year."
On what he's seen from QB Kellen Moore in the first two practices: "He's left handed.
"You can tell he's been around a lot of football. He's a coach's son; it's not too big for him, he's played in a lot of big games and you see a lot of guys coming through in a rookie mini-camp, but to (be) an undrafted player, it's big for him.
"He's used to being a quarterback, he's used to being the center of attention, he's started a lot of football games, he's won a lot of football games, that shows through the most about him."
On tryout QB R.J. Archer: "He threw six touchdown passes last week - he plays in the Arena Football League. He's a good athlete, he's got a live arm - he came from a smaller college. He's a good athlete, he moves around pretty good and he's a pretty accurate thrower."
On how realistic it is for WR Ryan Broyles to be ready for Week 1 of the regular season: "We'll see. There's a lot of ground between now and then, but he's on a good path. He's had a good rehab so far, he showed it in his pro day and he's shown it here. It depends on what happens between now and then."
On how and when RB Stephfon Green got on their radar: "He had a good senior year. He didn't have a lot of time before that, but had a good senior year. Our running back coach (Sam Gash) went to Penn State - he's always bringing guys up from Penn State. But our scouts do a good job of not just guys that are really well-known players, but guys that maybe come on late in their career or had other setbacks that didn't get them as much playing time in college."
On what he looks for in receivers: "Everybody brings something different to the table. We don't go in and say we have to have a guy with size or we have to have a speed receiver, possession receiver. Everybody's got a little different talent. It's just seeing how that fits in the grand scheme. None of that really starts to come to the top until you get into pre-season games and you get deeper in training camp. There's a lot of guys you look at in rookie mini-camp and OTA's or even the first week in training camp that are the hit of training camp and then by the end of training camp they've reached their level. We had a wide receiver last year that people were thinking we should trade Calvin Johnson for cause we had him."
On whether he's seen LB Ronnell Lewis, a.k.a 'The Hammer,' in action: "We're not hitting, so if he is, he's breaking the coaches rules.
"You see him move athletically, you see his instincts for football and things like that. We did a takeoff drill on kick-off yesterday but we didn't have anyone to hammer down the field. It was just running. He's moving well and this camp is a lot about learning and showing your athletic ability and things like that but there won't be many chances for him to really hit until we get to training camp even our OTA's are going to be without pads. We can talk about his use of hands and his technique and his balance and his speed and all of those different things but I'm certain we won't be talking about blowing anybody up until we get to training camp and pre-season games."
On CB Chris Greenwood showing athleticism: "Yes. We talked about that yesterday. It takes about two seconds to know that he fits physically. He's got a lot to learn but all of these guys got a lot to learn whether they've come from Division 3 or junior college like we talked about before or Oklahoma. God knows we got enough guys from Oklahoma so we can circle that. All of them are in the same boat right now and Chris has done a really nice job. He's athletic and he's shown everything that we saw to draft him."
On CB Troy Woolfolk: "He's a local guy here and a lot of these guys it's a combination of area scouts, a combination of local work outs and pro-days and college careers and things like that. A lot of these guys are in that same boat."
On DB Alonzo Lawrence working at safety: "He played outside when he was at Alabama and he might play a little bit more of a hybrid type position. He's played more corner in the past but his size and physical ability probably fits us a little better at safety than it does at corner."
On the transition from college cornerback to pro safety: "A little less one-on-one, a little more space, a little more covering ground, a little more covering the area and match up. Our safeties will match up against tight ends and some wide out sometimes. It's a little less of a one on one position than corner."
On whether he's seen past tryout players have success: "We've taken some guys to training camp, we've signed some guy's contracts off of it. We've had guys playing pre-season games. I don't recall we've had anybody make the team in the past here. But I've been in Florida and we've done it. I think that there's plenty examples of that in the NFL and once you get here you have a chance to show and that's really all you can ask for as an athlete."