D'Andre Swift
Running Back
Ht: 5' 8" Wt: 212 Age: 21 Exp: years College: Georgia Drafted: 2020 R2 35,
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Position Rank: 168th
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Week 21
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Week 21
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.
Posted: 4/28/2020 4:33 am UTC
The Detroit Lions were a bit surprised Georgia RB D'Andre Swift was still available 35th overall; the two had consistent conversations during the pre-draft process. Swift said he talked with the Lions more than most other NFL teams. His selection was the second time in the past three years Detroit invested a second-round pick in the running back position. RB Kerryon Johnson, the incumbent starter, has been on Injured Reserve twice in his first two years, missing 14 total games. With that in mind, Detroit general manager Bob Quinn is a fan of having multiple backs on roster. 'I think you always want a stable of backs. I've said that for a long time ... we always need multiple backs,' Quinn said. Quinn is also a big fan of Swift. 'This guy's really good in the open field. Makes guys miss in space. Big-play ability. Catches the ball well out of the backfield. Good route runner,' Quinn said. Having Swift on board allows Detroit offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell flexibility in ways to diversify the offense.
Huddle Up: It may only be a matter of time before Swift outright takes over the team's No. 1 running duties, as Swift has three-down potential. The unusual offseason may slow that process, but Swift has RB2 or flex fantasy potential early in the season with enough touches ... and a lot of upside after that if he takes over the full-time role.
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