- Jim Schwartz expects the Detroit Lions to practice in full pads more this year than they have in the past.
Schwartz admitted on Thursday that the off-field distractions last year hurt the Lions quite a bit since it was on their "daily agenda." He also admitted that he was humbled by the Lions' 4-12 season last year.
Schwartz also said on Thursday that this is the "most confident" he's been since becoming head coach of the Lions.
- It's probably a safe bet that Tony Scheffler won't be released by the Lions, even if Joseph Fauria has an impressive training camp.
Schwartz said Tony Scheffler is "an important part of our offense." Maybe now the questions about him being on the chopping block can cease— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) July 25, 2013
- Schwartz has high hopes for Ndamukong Suh in 2013.
Schwartz: "I thought @NdamukongSuh had the best spring that he’s had since he’s been here and is poised to have a great year"— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) July 25, 2013
Schwartz thinks the Lions' signing of Glover Quin was just as important as adding Reggie Bush.
- The Lions' official site has video of interviews with Schwartz, Tom Lewand and Jason Fox from WXYZ's training camp preview show.
David Akers should be able to kick when training camp opens on Friday afternoon. (Akers didn't do a whole lot earlier in the offseason because he was recovering from an injury.)
ESPN's Mike Golic thinks the Lions will go 8-8 in 2013.
- Offensive guard Brandon Moore, who at one point after free agency opened this year was supposedly going to visit the Lions, is reportedly going to retire.
- Defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis, who signed with the Chicago Bears over the Lions earlier this summer, is also going to retire.
- The Arizona Cardinals have signed offensive tackle Eric Winston.
- Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has agreed to a five-year extension worth $103.75 million.