Kerryon Johnson Isn't Afraid of New Running Back Competition in Detroit

Jason Schandl
Kerryon Johnson isn't worried about the Lions selecting D'Andre Swift in the draft.
Kerryon Johnson isn't worried about the Lions selecting D'Andre Swift in the draft. / Leon Halip/Getty Images
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Former Georgia Bulldogs star RB D'Andre Swift was considered one of the top running backs and arguably a first-round talent heading into the 2020 NFL Draft, so Detroit Lions fans were pretty excited when they landed him in Round 2.

It's only been two years since they last spent a second-round pick on a running back, but Kerryon Johnson doesn't seem too concerned about the team bringing in some stiff competition for his job.

Johnson seems to believe that he and Swift will form more of a 1-2 punch, with Swift coming in as a more elusive complement to Johnson's powerful skillset.

Considering the Lions invested the No. 35 overall pick in Swift, who averaged 6.6 yards per carry at Georgia, Johnson's job is surely far from safe, however. We haven't had a chance to see Johnson healthy for long, as he's played in just 18 games through two NFL seasons, but if he doesn't start 2020 off with a bang, then Swift could quickly take over lead back duties.

It's great to see Johnson already embracing his new teammate, though. The Lions offense is quietly looking dangerous heading into 2020 with a newly stocked backfield and Matthew Stafford returning to action.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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