Swift registered 27 rushing yards and a touchdown on nine carries, adding four receptions for 21 yards during Sunday's 23-22 win against the Falcons.
Though Swift skated to an 8.3 yards-per-carry average with two rushing scores last week in a drubbing of the Jaguars, future Hall of Famer Adrian Peterson still handled over 50 percent of the RB carries during Week 7. Swift has been consistently garnering more involvement in the passing game, out-targeting his veteran mentor by a 5-1 tally Sunday, though it appears Detroit is committed to working in Peterson as a key part of the ground game. The upcoming Week 8 matchup against Indianapolis is prohibitive for Lions backs in general, as the Colts are allowing a 3.5 yards-per-carry average to opposing backs this season with only three rushing scores surrendered.
Swift is expected to see an expanded role for the Lions in Sunday's game against the Falcons, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
While Rapoport notes that Adrian Peterson will continue to serve as the Lions' starting running back, the veteran could cede more snaps and carries to Swift on the heels of the rookie's breakout performance Week 6 versus the Jaguars. Peterson had already been regularly subbing out on passing downs in favor of Swift, but the latter likely earned himself more work on the ground after rushing 14 times for 116 yards and two scores in the win over Jacksonville. The Lions may not have the luxury of playing ahead in Week 7 like they did for most of Week 6, but Swift's prowess as a pass catcher still gives him another path to providing fantasy value if he doesn't earn double-digit carries again Sunday.
Swift carried the ball 14 times for 116 yards and two touchdowns in Week 6 against the Jaguars. He added three receptions for seven yards.
Swift posted his best game as a professional, as he saw his involvement in the offense spike significantly following the team's bye in Week 5. Entering the game, Swift had seen no more than five carries and 10 total touches in any contest. However, he took advantage of the increased opportunity, breaking off a 54-yard run -- the team's longest offensive play of the day -- while also finding the end zone twice from near the goal line. Adrian Peterson still earned 15 touches, though it's difficult to envision coach Matt Patricia turning away from Swift after this strong performance. The Lions will draw another manageable matchup in Week 7 against the Falcons.
Swift rushed four times for 22 yards and caught all four of his targets for 30 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 35-29 loss to the Saints.
Swift capped the opening drive with a seven-yard touchdown, giving the rookie one touchdown through the air and one on the ground through four games. His four carries ranked second on the team behind Adrian Peterson's 11, which Peterson turned into 36 yards and a touchdown. Swift's superior receiving skills are useful on a Lions team that's often playing catch-up, and his development should benefit from the team's early Week 5 bye.
Swift did not log a carry but caught one of two targets for 19 yards during Sunday's 26-23 victory over Arizona.
After seeing 34 offensive snaps Week 1 and 20 in Week 2, Swift was used on just six offensive snaps Sunday while Adrian Peterson and Kerryon Johnson logged 40 and 20, respectively. Against a Cardinals team that ran a hefty 159 total offensive snaps during the first two weeks of the season, Lions head coach Matt Patricia suggested after the game that the backfield playing time was determined by Detroit's goal to "control the clock," according to Chris Burke of the Athletic. As it appears Swift is neither Detroit's first or second option when they want to do so, the rookie may be hard to trust in games when the Lions are expected to try to dominate the time of possession.
Swift rushed five times for 12 yards and caught all five of his targets for 60 yards in Sunday's 42-21 loss to the Packers.
Swift appears to be the receiving back of choice in Detroit's three-man backfield rotation, as Adrian Peterson and Kerryon Johnson combined for 15 carries but only one target. Game script dictated plenty of second-half usage for Swift with the Lions trailing, and he came up just two receiving yards short of T.J. Hockenson's team-leading total. The Lions will be underdogs in Arizona in Week 3, so Swift projects to be Detroit's most fantasy-friendly running back option in that one.
Swift rushed three times for eight yards and one touchdown while catching three of five targets for 15 yards during Sunday's 27-23 loss to Chicago.
Even though Kerryon Johnson got the start and Adrian Peterson more than doubled the number of carries that Swift and Johnson had combined, it was Swift who easily led the Lions backfield in snaps. He could have been the hero, too, if not for letting the game-winning touchdown pass slip through his hands in the closing seconds of the game. Regardless, the amount of playing time Swift saw should be a good sign for his rookie-year workload going forward. Next up is a road matchup in Week 2 against Green Bay.
Swfit (hip) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Bears, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
Swift was limited at practice throughout the week before upgrading to full participation Friday. With that out of the way, it's his role rather than his health that's the big cause for concern, though the two arguably became intertwined when his hip injury caused a prolonged absence from training camp. In any case, Swift will be part of a backfield that also includes Kerryon Johnson and Adrian Peterson, potentially setting up as a three-man committee to start the year.
Swift (hip) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice.
Though Swift's reps were capped on account of the hip injury for the second day in a row, coach Matt Patricia hasn't suggested the rookie is in any real danger of missing Sunday's season opener versus the Bears. If available, Swift will likely be part of a timeshare in a Detroit backfield that includes Kerryon Johnson, Adrian Peterson and potentially, second-year man Ty Johnson.
Swift was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice due to a hip injury.
Swift has been hampered by an undisclosed injury since mid-August, but the Lions' first practice report of 2020 revealed the nature of the rookie's issue. While Swift's status for Sunday's season opener against the Bears tentatively looks up in the air, he'll have two more chances to increase his participation in practice and erase any concern about his availability. With veteran Adrian Peterson having joined Detroit's backfield over the weekend, Swift could find himself in a backfield committee if he gains clearance for Week 1.
Swift (undisclosed) is facing additional backfield competition for reps from Adrian Peterson, who signed a one-year contract with the Lions on Sunday, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.
Swift and Kerryon Johnson are still expected to handle a bulk of the workload to begin the season, but Peterson has commanded carries at every stop during his 13-year career, so he'll cut into their touches to some degree. It doesn't help that Swift has missed so many practices with an undisclosed injury, but once he's healthy, the rookie second-round pick is expected to pull away as the lead back. He's clearly the most dynamic of the bunch and has impressed with his pass-catching ability early in camp. Peterson can't compete with Swift in the latter, so he should be considered a dependable, veteran backup that may chip away at Swift's ceiling but leaves a consistent workload for the rookie.
Swift (undisclosed) made it through Monday's limited practice without any setbacks and could handle a similar workload Tuesday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Swift still hasn't been cleared for full-team work, but Chris Burke of The Athletic reports that the rookie went through positional drills in pads at Monday's practice. It sounds like Swift is on track for Week 1 against the Bears, though his role may be impacted by all the missed practice time.
Swift (undisclosed) will be a limited practice participant Monday, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
Swift also saw some limited work last Wednesday but otherwise has mostly been absent for the past week and a half. His injury isn't thought to be serious, but both Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press and Kyle Meinke of MLive.com have suggested the missed practice time could impact Swift's role early in the season. Kerryon Johnson would be the obvious beneficiary if the Lions don't think Swift is ready for a large quantity of snaps.
Swift's continued absence from practice with an undisclosed injury could have a negative impact on his Week 1 role, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Swift suffered his injury in the Lions' third padded practice, bringing his fast start to training camp to a screeching halt. He should still have a role in the offense if he's healthy enough to play in the season opener against Chicago, but it is possible the missed practice time tilts the Week 1 workload more in Kerryon Johnson's favor. In any case, Swift missed another practice session Friday.
Swift (undisclosed) won't practice Thursday, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
Swift missed a few days of practice before returning Wednesday as a limited participant. There hasn't been any report of a setback, so it's possible the Lions are just holding him out to be cautious. Missed practice time is never great for a rookie, but Swift should still be a big part of the team's Week 1 game-plan if he's healthy enough to play.
Swift (undisclosed) will be a limited practice participant Wednesday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Swift's ability to return to work a few days after sitting out practice suggests his undisclosed injury isn't serious, but he nonetheless missed out on a few chances to make an impression with the first-team offense. The rookie is battling Kerryon Johnson for playing time in what likely will be a committee backfield. Though Johnson and Swift profile as the frontrunners to handle most of the snaps, there's also some chance Bo Scarbrough (undisclosed) could steal short-yardage work, and other backs like -- Ty Johnson, Jason Huntley, Jonathan Williams could also vie for small roles.
Swift did not take part in practice Friday, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
Twentyman didn't have an immediate reason for Swift's absence from practice, but he and Bo Scarborough (undisclosed) were reportedly both out of commission. Assuming the absence isn't expected to be a long one, Swift, who has impressed as a receiver early in camp, should be a major factor in the Lions' backfield as a rookie.
Swift has impressed as a receiver thus far in training camp, Nick Baumgardner of The Athletic reports.
The report notes that Swift has looked like anything but a rookie. Specifically, the Georgia product hasn't had an issue running routes against linebackers or safeties, regardless of whether Swift lines up in the slot, out wide, or out of the backfield. With Kerryon Johnson (undisclosed) missing reps Tuesday -- though possibly for maintenance reasons -- Swift is getting plenty of reps as a runner as well.
Swift announced Saturday via his personal Twitter account that he signed his four-year contract with the Lions.
The question now becomes, what type of role does the talented back assume at the NFL level? Kerryon Johnson, the team's 2018 second-round pick, has briefly flashed moments of legitimate talent throughout his two-year career, including a rookie campaign in which he averaged 5.4 yards per carry. But injuries and general ineffectiveness last season from the Auburn product seem to set the stage for Johnson and Swift to operate as a 1-2 tandem, with the latter likely handling snaps as the receiving threat out of the backfield. The Lions also spent a 2020 fifth-round pick on the versatile Jason Huntley who should at least occupy some of the more obvious pass-catching scenarios over either back, but it's quite clear that Swift's star is the one that is shining the brightest in the Lions backfield at the moment.
The Lions selected Swift in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft, 35th overall.
Swift (5-foot-8, 212) doesn't have the build to imply a big NFL workload, but there's no question that the former Georgia star is a more dangerous runner and pass catcher than incumbent starter Kerryon Johnson. Johnson of course demonstrated his own considerable skill through his first two NFL seasons, but Swift is probably a level or two better. After running for 2,885 yards (6.6 YPC) in 43 career games at Georgia, Swift established himself as a candidate to eventually emerge as the top running back in this class. As much as he won't disappear either way, Johnson is the underdog in this fight.
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