ALLEN PARK — Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said Tuesday that he expects his starters to play longer in the third preseason game against the Cleveland Browns this Saturday. He's just not sure how much longer.
"I'm not a 100 percent set on it," he said. "Some guys will be different. I would like to take them into the third quarter. They'll be some exceptions in there but for the most part, I'd like to be able to do that."
Schwartz said that with only four preseason games on the schedule, each one has a unique purpose, including this weekend's matchup in Detroit.
"Maybe the first two games you're getting a really long look and then that last preseason game you want to see some guys get a really long look because that's when you're really up against your roster cuts and things like that," he said. "This one, we go through a week just putting them through a preparation week and we'll take most of the players to halftime in this game."
Although the simulated preparation week will mirror what the team will go through during its non-game days in the regular season, Schwartz said there is no specific game plan for the Browns.
"They'll look a little bit more at Cleveland; they'll watch a little more film and a little more time will be devoted for that, but it won't be a game-plan per se," he said. "We won't have new plays up that we've specifically (installed) for that team.