NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the Lions plan to expand rookie RB D'Andre Swift's role today against the Falcons. That makes sense after Swift saw a season-high in touches last week by a wide margin. Rapoport says Detroit still plans to start Peterson, so expect the veteran to remain significantly involved. But this report only makes Swift a comfier start for Week 7 lineups. Give Swift a look as you build your DFS lineups, too. He's projected for single-digit ownership despite last week's big numbers.
A member of Jacksonville's practice squad tested positive for COVID on Friday night, the team announced. The Jaguars are still planning on playing vs. the Lions on Sunday, but the situation obviously bears monitoring over the next 24 hours.
Adrian Peterson easily led the Detroit backfield in the opening loss to Chicago, doubling up #2 Kerryon Johnson in carries, rushing for 71 more yards than the combined total for Johnson and D'Andre Swift and even leading the trio in receiving yards (21 on 3 catches). But that doesn't necessarily mean he's the lead back going forward. “Obviously you start getting the guy with the hot hand, and Adrian was running really well in that last game, so he got a few more carries in there as well," OC Darrell Bevell told the Detroit Free Press. "So we’ll kind of continue to go in that area. We really like all three of those guys, but we’re going to try to — I always say, we’re going to try to put them in the best spots to help them be successful. They all bring a little bit different pieces to the puzzle. There was some situational football in there that elevated some guys’ snaps — so just the way we’re using them. I think we can continue to see that rotation a little bit.” This could be a frustrating fantasy situation as we continue to see which situations favor which of the 3 Detroit backs -- as well as who might be the "hot hand" on a given day. For Week 2, we have to treat Peterson as the likeliest carry/touch leader.
Lions D’Andre Swift (hip) isn’t listed on the final Week 1 injury report after putting in a full practice on Friday. The rookie will make his NFL debut against the Bears this weekend — but it’s completely uncertain how much work he’ll get alongside Kerryon Johnson and Adrian Peterson.
Lions RB D'Andre Swift (hip) was limited in Wednesday's practice. We're expecting him to play against the Bears this weekend, but the rookie might have a smaller role than expected after missing of chunk of training camp.
RB Adrian Peterson is joining the Lions on a 1-year deal, according to multiple reports. "I know coach [Darell] Bevell from my days in Minnesota," Peterson told ESPN's Josina Anderson. "Ultimately I feel comfortable going there and helping them to get better." Peterson further complicates an already crowded backfield. He looks like the best bet for goal-line work, which would sap fantasy upside from D'Andre Swift and Kerryon Johnson. We're not interested in drafting Peterson. Frankly, we already weren't chasing too hard after Swift or Johnson either. This looks like a frustrating fantasy backfield for 2020.
Lions RB D'Andre Swift will be a limited participant in Monday's practice, HC Matt Patricia said. The rookie was sidelined for about a week-and-a-half with a leg injury. It looks like he'll be available for Week 1, but the missed time might mean a smaller role than expected out of the gate.
Lions RB D'Andre Swift continues to miss practice with a leg injury suffered on August 20. The rookie got off to a strong start in camp -- but the missed time lately figures to hurt his chances at a big early-season role. We'll see when Swift is able to get back on the field. He remains a fine pick if you can land him in Round 6 or later.
Lions RB D'Andre Swift was held out of Friday's practice after suffering an upper-leg injury on Thursday, according to the Detroit News' Justin Rogers. It's not believed to be a significant injury, but we'll see how much time Swift misses. The rookie is battling RB Kerryon Johnson for snaps and touches.
The Lions selected Georgia RB D’Andre Swift with the 35th overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft. Swift earned playing time as a true freshman in 2017 in a backfield that included NFLers Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, averaging a big 7.6 yards per carry on 81 attempts and actually leading the backfield with 17 catches. He took over as Georgia’s lead back the past 2 seasons, totaling 2,267 yards and 17 TDs on 6.3 yards per carry. He also posted receiving lines of 32-297-3 and 24-216-1. Swift is on the smaller side at 5’8 and 212 pounds, never reached 200 carries in a college season and dealt with leg, foot and shoulder injuries at Georgia. So he doesn’t project as a workhorse ball-carrier in the NFL. But Swift looks like a lead back with ready-made ability in the passing game. We’ve heard multiple scouts compare him to Dalvin Cook. In Detroit, Swift will duke it out with Kerryon Johnson for 2020 snaps. Considering the draft capital invested in Swift here, we’d consider him the favorite to lead the backfield in touches.
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