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Lions Quotes: Jim Schwartz Comments On Sunday's Practice

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August 17, 2012; Baltimore, MD, USA; Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz talks with line judge Derrick Smith (104) during their preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-US PRESSWIRE
August 17, 2012; Baltimore, MD, USA; Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz talks with line judge Derrick Smith (104) during their preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-US PRESSWIRE

Below are Jim Schwartz's comments from after Sunday's Detroit Lions practice. (Quotes provided by the Lions.)

On RB Stefan Logan injury update: "Day-to-day; day-to-day with an ankle."

On if Logan's injury isn't as bad as it looked Friday night: "Yeah, it looked like it was career-ending the way he went down. But it wasn't. He's a tough guy. I mean I'm just telling you. He doesn't miss very much. You know he was battling a little bit of a thigh bruise last week too but he's a tough guy."

On the value of Logan as being more than just ‘one body' because of his versatility on the field: "Oh yeah, there's no question. His special teams' role as a cover guy, special teams' role as a return guy; carved out a nice little chunk of offense too. He's had a nice camp."

On the importance of RB Mikel Leshoure going through pregame warm-ups on Friday: "Yeah, it was just a chance to get more work. We just needed as much time with him as we can and that was sort of the extent of our practice that day. Wasn't going to play in the game but there were other things that he could do and ran a little bit earlier and was able to go out and do that. It put him on a path to being out here today and hopefully getting a little bit more each day and getting back 100-percent."

On Saturday's preseason game against the Oakland Raiders carrying more clout than the other games thus far: "I don't know that we really look at it that way. I mean every game's unique. Every game's a chance to prove ourselves. Every game's a chance to get a little bit better but we really don't weigh one more than the other and things like that. We're transitioning from a camp-mode to a little bit more of a regular season-mode. Our practices are starting to change a little bit. Things like that. So I mean that's different but it really doesn't change the objective when we play a preseason game."

On WR Ryan Broyles: "He was one of the few guys that we had on a pitch count. You know we wanted him to get started and sort of just get his feet wet a little bit. He's been doing a good job in practice and had a good day today also. But you know the thing, like I said after the game, that you can tell with Ryan, there's a reason he's the all-time leading receiver in college football, or NCAA Division I history because he just knows how to get open. They blitzed, he set his route down and did a really good job setting himself up. He's going to get faster. His physical skills are going to get sharper as he goes on but he hasn't lost anything from a mental standpoint. He was very sharp that way."

On the Baltimore Ravens' defense being a good test for a team: "I think you see what teams do. I mean on offense they were ‘no huddle' and doing a lot of their at the line kind of stuff. We go against it in practice a lot. That was good work for us there. Same thing defensively; they're really squeezing the inside part of the field with us, trying to take away easy completions and make us work the outside. You know with a couple passes to Calvin, with a pass to Titus, we made a couple plays there when we needed to make those in those situations. So just like any game, they're going to do what they do. We do what we do. But there were some things that, I don't want to say were unique, but there was some situations that came up that we did a good job responding to. Our offense was very efficient. Second-and-long we were able to get back on track, stay out of the third down longs. After that first, I think we had one third down-and-extra-long and after that we did a really good job of just getting ourselves back on track. I think we had a second down-and-20 play and got the ball to Joique (Bell) and he made a guy miss. Like I said, our offense did a lot of good things but getting back on track was one."

On QB Matthew Stafford's displeasure with the offense's third down performance early on in the game: "Early on, but I think we adjusted pretty quickly. You know early on we had a couple incompletions, the third-and-extra-long that we had. Third and-15 or 14, whatever it was and then the other one where we almost got it intercepted. But I thought we adjusted pretty quickly and settled down and started moving the football."

On whether or not he's pleased with the first and second team's ‘bend but not break' play: "We really don't have a bend but don't break mentality. We're just going to go out there and stop the drive. I mean hopefully it's a three-and-out. But you know we've managed to hold in the red zone and keep them from getting touchdowns, which is good, but there's some things we need to do better defensively.

"I think one of the things we did a lot better in this game is we attacked the run. When we were in defenses that were designed to stop the run, we did a good job stopping the run in those. In the week before we got leaky in our run defense a few times and that was a big adjustment. Had a couple tackles-for-losses on plays and forced them to throw the ball in the short yards the one time and ended up getting a sack on it. I think we were much better in our defense that we designed to stop the run."

On the claim of G Bill Nagy off the waivers: "He's a good young player; played well against us last year with Dallas. He was starting when he was a rookie four games before he got hurt. He's hurt right now, just had surgery on his ankle but he's a young player. Hopefully if he can put that injury behind him, we have a chance to get a good young player in our pipeline."

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