Geoff Schwartz hasn't played much football in the past year. On Saturday night, he took steps toward making up for that lost time.
The offensive lineman, who missed most of last season with serious toe and ankle injuries and was sidelined briefly this training camp with residual soreness from those injuries, played a significant number of snaps in against the Jaguars. Schwartz did not start, but he came in first at right guard before sliding out to right tackle.
"It was good to be out there, it's just nice," Schwartz said. "I feel like I'm back doing what I love to do. Game day is what you prepare for all week, and it's good to just be out there with my teammates just trying to get better. Just exciting to finally be able to just do it . . . I was happy I was able to get a little more reps than I thought I would."
More importantly, he was able to play without any pain.
"I felt good," he said. "It was kind of like, 'Hey, how you feeling?' I was like, 'I'm good to go,' and just kept going until it was time. It takes a lot of reps to kind of get back into rhythm, especially after last year. I didn't play last week, so I needed the reps. So I'll take them."
It wasn't a perfect performance. Schwartz hasn't seen opposing contact since the middle of last season, and even then it was for just a little more than one game. But just being on the field is a sign of progress for him.
"I'm pleased with my effort for what stage I'm in right now," he said. "I'm happy with the way I did. There's always room for improvement. I think anyone will tell you that it wasn't perfect. I know there's plays I wish I had back, but I'm happy with the overall body of work tonight."