Matt Patricia is Finally Using D'Andre Swift Properly

Max Staley
Matt Patricia has finally unleashed D'Andre Swift.
Matt Patricia has finally unleashed D'Andre Swift. / Nic Antaya/Getty Images

Detroit Lions 2020 second-round draft pick D'Andre Swift had a strange start to his NFL career. Despite investing significant draft capital into the position, the team inexplicably signed Adrian Peterson in the offseason, burying Swift on the depth chart behind a veteran who is clearly past his prime.

But that finally changed in Week 10, as Swift drew the first start of his career. And the results speak for themselves.

Playing against the Washington Football Team's stout front seven, Swift turned 21 opportunities (carries plus targets) into 149 yards from scrimmage and a TD. Not only was this Swift's first start, it was actually his first time playing more than 65% of the team's offensive snaps.

Despite drawing six starts on the year, Peterson has yet to come anywhere close to that yardage total, topping out at 114 back in Week 1. In fact, AP hasn't even reached 60 yards from scrimmage since Week 3.

Clearly, Swift should be the team's feature back. The real question is: why did it take Detroit so long to realize that?

Swift has only handled double-digit carries three times this season. He rushed for at least 60 yards in all three, averaging 87.0 rushing yards on 14.3 carries per game in those contests, adding another 36.0 receiving yards on 4.7 targets per game as well.

For reference, Swift's 87.0 rushing yards per game in those situations would be the fourth-best mark in the league had he maintained it over the course of the season.

Swift is clearly a special talent – it's just a shame it took the Lions so long to notice.

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