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Schwartz gets first live action

Posted Aug 12, 2012

Rookie right tackle Mitchell Schwartz saw his first NFL game action in the Browns' 19-17 preseason win over the Detroit Lions at Ford Field Friday night.

The first series of Mitchell Schwartz’s NFL career did not start off how the Cleveland Browns’ second-round draft pick in 2012 and rookie right tackle would have preferred during the team’s preseason-opening 19-17 win over the Detroit Lions at Ford Field Friday night.

One play after Schwartz’s false start penalty turned a third-and-10 into a third-and-15 from Detroit’s 28-yard line, rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden dropped back to pass the football, but had it stripped away by Detroit defensive end Willie Young. The Lions recovered and stopped the Browns’ first drive of the preseason.

“It was just my fault,” Schwartz said of the fumble. “A guy went inside and I didn’t get in quick enough to take him off.”

As for the false-start penalty on his sixth professional play, Schwartz was “not sure what happened.”

“We’ll have to see on the film,” Schwartz said. “Maybe I flinched or something. I’m curious too.”

Whether or not he flinched, Schwartz remained in the game and got some much needed repetitions against the Lions, according to Weeden, who also played in his first NFL exhibition game Friday night.

“We talked a little bit in the fourth quarter and I asked him how he felt,” Weeden said of Schwartz. “He said he felt really good, that guys were playing fast just like he expected, but it was good. I think Travis (Benjamin) and Josh (Gordon) and Josh (Cooper) and a lot of young guys were out there making plays. That’s a positive. As many of those reps as we can get, it’s definitely a positive for this football team.”

Schwartz played through the first and second quarters of the game, while most of the first-string offensive players for the Browns were done after the first three series. According to Browns coach Pat Shurmur, that was the plan all along for Schwartz.

“We just felt like he was going to play the first half because we want him to play as much as he can,” Shurmur said. “There was no design, other than he was going to play a half, even though the rest of the ones played a quarter.”

As for what Schwartz took away from the game, the first lesson he learned was how “different” things can be in the NFL as opposed to college football.

“Game speed in the NFL is obviously faster than college,” Schwartz said. “And as much as you try to simulate it in practice, you don’t quite get the full effect of it, so it was good to get out there for the first time and just see how everything kind of works together.”

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