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The Lions should finally field a consistent rushing attack

For years, fans have wonder what could have been if only the Lions had a proper running game. Season after season, the offense in Detroit was severely unbalanced as running back after running back failed to meet expectations.

The past two seasons have only been slightly different. While we’ve all seen the potential of former 2018 second-round pick, Kerryon Johnson, the injury-prone running back has missed a total of 14 games over his first two seasons in Detroit.

But when Johnson has been on the field, he’s shown the ability to be the Lions’ first 1,000 rusher since Reggie Bush back in 2013. But going into Kerryon’s third season, Detroit decided it can no longer rely on his availability.

So when their number was called early in the second round, the Lions snatched up the top running back in the entire draft class. Georgia’s D’Andre Swift is capable of carrying the load for Detroit. A true three-down back who can do everything, the Lions will attempt to pair Swift with Johnson to make a potent two-back punch.

The injection of Swift into the offensive backfield gives the Lions one of the top running back combos in the entire NFL. With the man behind the careers of future Hall of Fame running backs Adrian Peterson and Marshawn Lynch at the helm in second-year offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, this rushing duo should finally give the Lions’ offense true balance.