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Lions notes: More from Jim Schwartz's pre-training camp press conference

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Lions notes looks at tidbits from Jim Schwartz's Thursday press conference, general NFL news and much more.

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  • 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 has high hopes for Ndamukong Suh in 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.