Detroit Lions running back D’Andre Swift is catching on

D'Andre Swift, Detroit Lions (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
D'Andre Swift, Detroit Lions (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /

After one major mistake in Week 1, Detroit Lions running back D’Andre Swift picked himself up in Week 2.

The Detroit Lions were shocked in Week 1 with a huge drop by rookie running back D’Andre Swift. It was at the goal line for an easy touchdown that would have won the game versus the division rival Chicago Bears. Not the best look for a rookie. But, in Week 2 he’s catching on.

Can you guess who had the most receptions by a Detroit Lions player against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday? Hint, he’s the only player mentioned in this story so far. Swift had five catches for 60 yards. He had just two yards receiving less than tight end T.J. Hockenson‘s team-leading 62 yards receiving off four catches.

It might be telling that the Lions leading wide receiver against the Packers was rookie Quintez Cephus. Or it might be more of a sign that star receiver Kenny Golladay wasn’t in the game. Either way, the ball was spread around a little bit without too much success.

Swift leading in receptions could also be due to check-downs from quarterback Matthew Stafford that were turned into bigger gains. The bigger thing to note is that he made those catches. He learned from his mistake and has locked in the ball before turning his head and looking where to run.

It’s important to note Swift’s contributions through the air as no other running back had a catch on Sunday. While Kerryon Johnson and Ty Johnson each received one target, neither recorded a catch. Adrian Peterson wasn’t targeted at all. Kerryon and Ty were both used more frequently in a receiving role in previous years, so their lack of use in this area is slightly surprising.

How are they doing running the ball?

When you look into Detroit’s backfield, it would take a long run for a touchdown for anyone to break 100 yards in a game. The rotation might be keeping players fresh, but it might also be preventing them from getting into a rhythm. Peterson came close last week but didn’t appear to have the chance again this week. Call it the game situation or lack of breaking bigger runs. It’s just not happening.

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So, while not having the chance to run for big yards, it’s great to see Swift hauling in all five of his targets for notable yardage. He’s picked himself up from a big error in Week 1 and is doing what he can to make a positive impact on this offense going forward. Who knows, it might even lead to a victory someday.