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Lions Quotes: Jim Schwartz Comments On Monday's Practice

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Aug 17, 2012; Baltimore, MD, USA; Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz reacts to a call during the second quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Paul Frederiksen-US PRESSWIRE
Aug 17, 2012; Baltimore, MD, USA; Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz reacts to a call during the second quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Paul Frederiksen-US PRESSWIRE

Below is a look at what Jim Schwartz had to say following Monday's Detroit Lions practice. (Quotes provided by the Lions.)

On the punter position battle: "There're still two preseason games. Those guys are getting... Both of them are talented enough to play in the NFL. We're looking for consistency and we've still got a long way to go before we get there."

On how the punters have kicked thus far: "Both of them have kicked like they're NFL punters."

On QB Kellen Moore's preseason game performance from Week 1 to Week 2: "We were a little better around him.

"He did a good job. He moved the team. That's about it."

On his level of encouragement regarding RB Mikel Leshoure's consecutive practices: "I don't generally get too encouraged from practice but he is making progress. I think that whether you're encouraged by it or not, he's making progress. Put shoulder pads on today; we didn't have a lot of contact but there was a little bit in there and he had to run with them. Ran a little bit after and he was able to do that; didn't get sore in practice so he's making good progress. I'll be encouraged when we see him on the field getting yards for us."

On the development of WR Nate Hughes: "Yeah, he's come on lately. He's had a lot of good practices; he's played well in his opportunities in preseason game. He's a young player but he also has a little bit of experience in the NFL so you're starting to see that from him now."

On S John Wendling: "John's a solid pro. He's always in the right spots. He does a good job of executing the schemes; he does a job of communicating. He's a very good tackler and probably more so this year, he's made plays on the football that are in the air.

"We had a short yardage play where we were going to crowd them (Baltimore Ravens), not let them run the ball, and John was blitzing. It's mainly a run blitz but he did a good job on a match-up with a back and got a sack and kept them from maybe four down territory, going for a long field goal, something like that. I thought that was a big play by him."

On DT Sammie Hill's injury being worse than previously thought: "No, he's making good progress and you know we should be able to get him out here pretty soon. It's still a day-to-day type thing for him but there's really nothing other than just muscular soreness in his back and tightness in his back and he's much improved and hopefully we'll get him on the practice field here real soon."

On WR Titus Young: "Titus is excused today."

On QB Shaun Hill ‘being the best backup quarterback in the league': "Well there's a reason that we acquired him a couple years ago and there's a reason that we worked hard to get him back under contract. He was a priority for us. The thing that you hope the most with Shaun is that he never gets the chance to prove that.

"Shaun knows his role. He can go in cold and heat up our offense. He has very good understanding of everything we do. He's very supportive of Matt off the field and during practice; he gives him a good sounding board. Everything that you want in a backup quarterback Shaun provides. He's experienced; you know doesn't need a whole lot of practice reps. He can go in and execute a game plan and win a game for us and those are the most important things."

On S Erik Coleman: "Unfortunately he wasn't able to finish the year for us last year and it was a little bit frustrating when, I mean, he had a bad high ankle sprain and was going to be down 10 weeks or so the second week of the year. That's a difficult situation; it's hard to keep that roster spot for anybody. But by the end of the year, Week 16, playoff week and stuff like that, he was healthy and running around and you really say, ‘Geez, I'd really like to see him out there.'

"It's good to have him back. He's a veteran player. We talked a little bit about John Wendling just always being in the right spot; very good communicator, very good tackler, but Erik is also like John at taking his game to another level when it comes to pass defense. Whether it's man-to-man or zone. (He) knocked down a lot of balls; he's been in the right spots in pass coverage. Neither of those guys is a stereotypical in-the-box safety. Both of them have done a good job of playing in space and playing the halves and quarters and deep thirds as well as down low."

On whether he would elaborate on the displeasure he had with parts of practice today: "Not really. We didn't practice as well as we should. I mean it was a transition day today going from training camp. I mean they're taking tents down and doing stuff like that and we didn't do a good job keeping our focus, focusing on what we had to do. We're transitioning from competitive periods to carded periods and stuff like that. Sloppy, sloppy; too many footballs on the ground and stuff like that."

On easing DE Kyle Vanden Bosch back into practice: "He did some individual today so yeah. That's part of his progression back."

On DE Willie Young taking advantage of the opportunity to get extra snaps in practice: "He's made the most of his opportunities when he's been on the field and that's not just this summer in training camp, that goes back to the offseason program, that goes back to last year. You know when he was on the field for us and unfortunately that's another guy that missed a significant portion with a high ankle sprain but Willie, when given the opportunity, has made plays. He's made a lot of progress. He still has a long way to go. He can be a more consistent player but he's made the most of his opportunities when he's been out there."

On how WR Titus Young is health-wise: "Yesterday he was sore so we sat him out. But today didn't have anything to do with him being sore."

On if it's more realistic to expect S Louis Delmas for the regular season rather than preseason: "Well we're closing in on that for sure. You know he's not to the point that he's even on a progression right now. He's week-to-week, he's not day-to-day. A lot of those other guys are day-to-day as they come out and he's week-to-week.

"When we did that back in early camp, the idea was, ‘Let's try to do it as quick as we can so that we give us enough time before the opener.' But yeah that's what it's looking like."

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