D'Andre Swift
Running Back
Ht: 5' 9" Wt: 215 Age: 21 Exp: 2 years College: Georgia Drafted: 2020 R2 35,
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Position Rank: 171st
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Posted: 7/10/2020 4:35 pm UTC
Detroit Lions RB D'Andre Swift says he's eager to compete with returning starter Kerryon Johnson for snaps. 'I've been competing all my life,' Swift said Thursday, July 9 on a conference call. 'Kerryon is a great back, great player. I remember when he was at Auburn, and he was killing us. He's still doing great in the league. I can't even give you my role. Whatever role they have for me, I just gotta make sure I'm in the best shape and know all of the plays so I'm ready to take it on full force. But I'm not going in there looking to do anything, just doing what I've been doing.'
Huddle Up: This will be a preseason position battle to watch, and don't be surprised if the second-round pick out of Georgia emerges as the Lions' lead back. And while there is certainly uncertainty here, value Swift as a RB3 for now.
Posted: 7/04/2020 9:00 pm UTC
Detroit Lions second-round draft choice RB D'Andre Swift signed a four-year contract with the Lions Saturday, July 4. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: It is not known if Swift will be the starting running back for the Lions this season, but he should receive a solid amount of touches as a rookie. He can be considered a No. 3 or No. 4 back in fantasy leagues and will be more valuable in keeper leagues.
Posted: 6/17/2020 8:30 pm UTC
Detroit Lions RB D'Andre Swift has all of the skills to be a complete back for the Lions, according to offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell.
Huddle Up: Swift likely will share playing time with Kerryon Johnson this season but should be the running back of the future for the Lions. He could be at least a No. 4 back in standard leagues and will be more valuable in keeper leagues.
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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