A closer look at D’Andre Swift’s big day, what it could mean for the Lions' long-lost running game
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- D’Andre Swift dropped the game-winning touchdown pass in the opener against the Chicago Bears. There were other reasons Detroit lost that game too, but the rookie was in the end zone with the winning pass in both of his hands and just 6 seconds left. He turned upfield, then somehow just lost the football as he transferred it between hands.
The Lions were adamant they hadn’t lost faith in Swift, but the rookie continued to play behind Adrian Peterson and even Kerryon Johnson. He played just six snaps against Arizona, Detroit’s only win of the first quarter. Not exactly what you expect from the 35th overall pick in the NFL draft.
Matt Patricia used last week’s bye to ruminate on ways to get the former Georgia star more involved. Then the Lions flew to Jacksonville on Sunday, just five hours from where Swift etched his name into the Bulldogs' record book, and the rookie reminded the world of the player he once was and still could become.
He ran 54 yards on his first touch of the day, finished with 116 rushing yards on 14 carries overall and scored two touchdowns, instrumental production that helped propel Detroit to a 34-16 win despite an off day from quarterback Matthew Stafford.
“Give him credit, he did a phenomenal job behind our O-line,” Patricia said. “I think he ran really hard. I think he ran physical, which is great to see. We know what a great player he is, and we have ...
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