Quick hits from Detroit's Jim Schwartz
September, 16, 2013
By Michael Rothstein | ESPN.com
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz finished up his big weekly news conference Monday. Here are the highlights.
- Once again, Schwartz praised the blocking of tight end Brandon Pettigrew, but said he has to "get back to making some of those" difficult catches in traffic that tight ends usually make. As far as the lack of snaps for Tony Scheffler and Joseph Fauria, he pointed to the lack of chances in the red zone for Detroit on Sunday.
- Kicker David Akers is not injured -- but was "shaken up" on the first field goal. Schwartz seemed more displeased with the lack of protection on the field-goal attempts than Akers missing a field goal and having another blocked.
- Defensive tackle Nick Fairley, who was inactive Sunday, is "day-to-day" with a shoulder injury. Wide receiver Patrick Edwards has a sprained ankle. The ankle kept him from playing part of the second half.
- In a weekly Ryan Broyles update, Schwartz continued to say the wide receiver is "getting closer." At this point, it sounds like he is still trying to get back into football shape, but Schwartz didn't want to put a timetable on his return. He has been inactive the first two weeks of the season.
- Schwartz isn't happy with the term "benching" in terms of rookie Darius Slay. The cornerback from Mississippi State has been pulled in favor of veteran Rashean Mathis against both Minnesota and Arizona. Schwartz said, though, he isn't concerned about Slay's confidence.
- Schwartz was only disappointed with one of Micheal Spurlock's returns -- the punt return where he ran the width of the field instead of going forward.