With center Dominic Raiola being told he will not be back on the
“I thought he made good progress last year,” Lions general manager Martin Mayhew at the Senior Bowl, per the team's official website. “I think this is a really important offseason for him, obviously. He’s going to have an opportunity to get in there and compete for that job at center.”
Swanson started four games at guard and one at center during his rookie season. He struggled when he first joined the starting lineup, but by season's end he was much improved. In his final two starts, including the playoff game against Dallas, Swanson finished each of those games with a positive grade from Pro Football Focus.
“I think it’s important this offseason that he continues to show the same type of improvement he showed last year,” Mayhew said. “There’s nothing promised to anybody, but I’m excited about the potential that he showed last year with his ability to get into some games, finish some games for us and start some games for us at guard and one game at center. But he’s got a ways to go in terms of being a great player in this league."
Swanson was forced to leave the game after injuring his knee, but coach Jim Caldwell said the injury does not require surgery as of Monday.
Swanson, who drew the start Sunday in place of the injured Larry Warford, had his leg rolled up from behind during the team's 99-yard touchdown drive. He'll be evaluated in the locker room before it can be determined whether he'll be able to continue playing. With the injury, the Lions are down to third-string players at both right guard and right tackle.
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