RB - DET
The Athletic's Chris Burke appeared on The Underdog Football Show With Josh Norris Monday, saying, "I think [D'Andre] Swift could touch the ball 20 times per game." Burke's interested to see if the Lions will use more two-back formations, adding, "[The Lions] don't even really have a slot receiver right now unless you're playing Quintez Cephus there as sorta a big slot or you're playing Hunter Bryant there, who they signed as an undrafted free agent last year."
Burke continued, saying, "There's an opportunity for Swift [and] Jamaal Williams to sorta bump out there and play some slot receiver reps and I think that they will do that. They really want to play with some speed at the skill positions. They want to use the play-action like I mentioned. So, that's a space where they can create some mismatches. Like you said, Jamaal Williams is a really good running back and he can be a three-down guy. And Swift, we've seen what he can do. So, I think that those two and T.J. Hockenson - as you look at the roster - those are really the three guys that I think can end up handling a bulk of the workload." Burke added things will change if the Lions draft a receiver or Kyle Pitts in the first round but that the team needs to address the defense, as well. Burke is asked about Swift at the 17:30 mark of the podcast.
Dave Birkett with Detroit Free Press is reporting that D'Andre Swift can be a 25-touch-per-game running back in 2021 on the new-look Detroit Lions team.
Swift showed some explosiveness as a rookie in Detroit but was limited with Adrian Peterson and Kerryon Johnson on the roster. Swift wasn't named the starter until Week 10 and then was promptly knocked out of that game with a concussion. The concussion caused him to miss the next three games or play in a limited role before regaining his starting duties again in Week 15. Overall, Swift averaged just 13.2 touches per game as a rookie. The 2020 35th overall pick was selected by the Lions for his soft hands and abilities in open space. With Anthony Lynn now the offensive coordinator in Detroit, Swift may be utilized as a feature back, similar to what we saw in 2020 with a healthy Austin Ekeler. Our current Expert Consensus Ranking for 2021 has Swift as RB16. However, if the reports of 25-plus touches per game are true, that would assuredly lock him in for RB1 production. With a new head coach, offensive coordinator, and quarterback at the helm next season, the Lions should expect to see drastic changes to their rushing attack, which ranked 29th in 2020.
New Lions head coach Dan Campbell says he wants to utilize D'Andre Swift as a slot receiver next season, in addition to his usual running back duties.
Campbell mentioned wanting to find an OC who will let Swift go 1-on-1 against linebackers. This is great news for fantasy managers bullish on Swift, but we'll have to see who Campbell hires to lead the offense before we jump to conclusions. The 22-year-old Swift has a sky-high fantasy ceiling if Detroit begins using him as an every-down back.
D’Andre Swift rushed 12 times for 54 yards and a TD and caught all three of his targets for 16 yards in the Lions’ 37-35 loss to the Vikings on Sunday.
Swift ends his rookie year with 878 scrimmage yards and 10 total touchdowns across 13 games. His 2021 draft stock should rise significantly from his mid-round price tag in 2020.
D'Andre Swift rushed 10 times for 45 yards and caught four of five targets for 25 yards in the Lions' 47-7 loss to the Buccaneers on Saturday.
It was a miserable day for all Lions' skill players, who were forced to deal with three different quarterbacks in an already-brutal matchup. Swift will look to bounce back and finish his rookie season strong when the Lions face the Vikings in Week 17.
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