By: Jamie Samuelsen

It’s a pretty big off-season for the Lions. And head coach Jim Schwartz doesn’t get too many days off.

After coaching at the Senior Bowl in January, Schwartz spent the last three months scouting and gearing up for the draft.

Break time?


The rookies come to town this weekend for their first mini-camp in Allen Park and then OTA’s continue right up until training camp starts in July.

Schwartz did take at least a few hours out of his schedule on Tuesday to spend the evening at the first ever “Taste of the Lions” charity event ( at Ford Field. The team held the fundraiser, open to all fans, to raise money for Eastern Market and their fight against hunger in Detroit.

Schwartz also spent some time talking with Jamie and Wojo on 97.1 The Ticket. He talked about the role Matthew Stafford has played this summer in recruiting free agents and setting examples for other players.


“Matt obviously has made a big commitment to the franchise since we drafted him, but this is another step for his leadership. Just being here year round,” Schwartz said.


Schwartz discussed newcomers Ziggy Ansah, Larry Warford and “Kickalicious”.

And he also talked about just how big a role Reggie Bush could play for the offense this fall.

“We didn’t hit any home runs. We were near the bottom of the NFL in just about every explosive run category,” Schwartz said. “And Reggie’s a guy who can clean the bases. He can go hit a home run for us.”


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