Posted 5/21/2020 6:12 pm UTC
Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia discussed drafting RB D'Andre Swift and the team's utilization of the running back position during a Wednesday, May 20, appearance on NBC's 'The Rich Eisen Show.' 'For me, we're going to try to play whoever is going to help us in that particular play, that particular game, whatever it might be,' he said. 'If you're out there for the very first play, or you get out there on the second play, I don't really understand what the difference is in a starter in that case. But, certainly, we're excited to be able to acquire Swift and get him on our team and seeing what he can do. Sometimes you put two or three running backs out there. We will see what happens.' Patricia said he didn't have to think twice about landing Swift in Round 2 of the 2020 NFL Draft. 'Everything checked the boxes for us, a guy that we think is dynamic enough in the run-game, explosive, big playmaker,' Patricia said, 'but (he) also can catch the ball, get out of the backfield, open up the formation and just put a lot of pressure on the defense to make plays we need.'
Huddle Up: Kerryon Johnson is talented, but knee injuries have robbed him of action in each of his first two NFL seasons. There will be some form of a committee at work in Detroit, and talent typically wins out, which favors Swift, in this case. The rookie still has to learn on the fly, however -- something playing into Johnson's corner. For now, the safe approach is neither back is better than an RB3, and swift is closer to a No. 2 than Johnson.