Lions head coach Jim Schwartz has no such plans and said all the exhibition games are, to an extent, dress rehearsals, and he has no set plans for how long the starters will play against the Raiders on Saturday night in Oakland.
“We’ll have a plan for playing, and it’s not going to be an exact number of snaps or a half or more than a half. We’ll just sort of take it as it comes,” Schwartz said after practice Wednesday. “We want to play well; we want to win the game. Those are the No. 1 and No. 2 objectives.”
Typically, teams increase the role of their starters in each of the first three weeks of the exhibition seasons before scaling back in the fourth game as they make decisions on final cuts. Most Lions starters played more in the second exhibition than the first, but the only hint Schwartz gave for Saturday’s plan is that the starters won’t play the entire game.
“We’ll be somewhere less than that, but there’s a lot of things that you can accomplish and not all of them have to do with playing time,” Schwartz said. “There are situations you want to work on with guys, you want to put them in certain spots and see how they do.”
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