D'Andre Swift
D'Andre Swift
22-Year-Old Running BackRB
Detroit Lions
2021 Fantasy Outlook
On the surface, Swift's production as a rookie last season was nothing special and paled in comparison to other members of his loaded draft class. He saw only 12 carries through the first four weeks, and just as it seemed as though he was ready to break through in the second half, a concussion cost him a few games and curtailed his momentum. Swift still flashed his upside with some big performances, including 149 scrimmage yards Week 10 against Washington. The 22-year-has good speed (4.48 40) and outstanding vision and agility, and he can do significant damage when he gets the ball in space. It's the changes around him in Detroit that create optimism he'll be able to take a big step forward in 2021, though. Matt Patricia and Darrell Bevell are gone, and new offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn and RBs coach/assistant head coach Duce Staley both have track records of putting their running backs in position to succeed. The departure of Kenny Golladay, and swapping out Matthew Stafford for Jared Goff, are also strong indicators that the running game will be the focus of the Lions' attack. Swift did pick up some competition for touches in Jamaal Williams, but both backs have similar skill sets, and creative use of the duo could create some confusion in defenses. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $8.54 million contract with the Lions in July of 2020.
Finds complement in Williams
RBDetroit Lions
May 21, 2021
Swift is expected to share a large portion of the workload with recent signee Jamaal Williams according to offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn, Chris Burke of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
The Lions emphasized adding depth at running back this offseason, signing Williams via free agency and drafting Jermar Jefferson in the seventh round. At least in the case of the former, Lynn seemed to suggest Williams could even work in tandem with Swift, saying, "I don't see them as being interchangeable, I see them more as being complementary. Swift is more of a speed-space back; Jamaal can be more of a between-the-tackles and sometimes perimeter." Adrian Peterson, who was not re-signed in the offseason, nearly doubled Swift's red-zone carries last year, so it's possible Williams could immediately fill that void. That being said, Swift never really saw consistent playing time with the Lions until Week 6 of last year and also missed three games due to injuries later in the season, so a bump in playing time is almost guaranteed. How Lynn's comments impact the backfield opportunities remains to be seen, but it's at least worth noting, given Swift's rightfully high fantasy outlook entering the 2021-2022 campaign.
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How do D'Andre Swift's 2020 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Broken Tackle %
12.3%
 
Positive Run %
85.1%
 
% Yds After Contact
46.3%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
2.1
 
Rushing TD %
7.0%
 
Touches Per Game
12.3
 
% Snaps w/Touch
40.2%
 
Air Yards Per Game
3.5
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.11
 
% Team Air Yards
0.9%
 
% Team Targets
10.1%
 
Avg Depth of Target
0.8 Yds
 
Catch Rate
80.7%
 
Drop Rate
8.8%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
7.6
 
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2020 D'Andre Swift Split Stats
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do D'Andre Swift's measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
5' 9"
 
Weight
215 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.48 sec
 
Vertical Jump
35.5 in
 
Broad Jump
121 in
 
Bench Press
0 reps
 
Hand Length
9.00 in
 
Arm Length
29.88 in
 
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2020 Fantasy Outlook
Georgia's recent track record of producing quality NFL runnings backs is outstanding, and Swift seems ready to be the next Bulldog to follow in the footsteps of Todd Gurley, Nick Chubb and Sony Michel. Despite his name, Swift's calling card is not elite speed, though he ran a 4.48 in the 40-yard dash at the combine. He mostly relies on a dynamic blend of vision, footwork and football IQ that makes it difficult for the initial defender to bring him down, or even the second or third would-be tackler. Swift seemingly understands how to get the most out of his blockers, and he adds good receiving skills. Like many rookie running backs, he needs to improve his pass protection, and a lack of pile-moving power could deny him short-yardage opportunities, but he nonetheless offers three-down potential long term. It's less clear that he'll actually have that opportunity this season, coming in as the 35th overall pick to a Detroit backfield that already has 2018 second-rounder Kerryon Johnson. The Lions even added another running back in the fifth round - 193-pound Jason Huntley - to compete with Ty Johnson and Bo Scarbrough at the bottom of their depth chart, and the team additionally saw fit to bring in Adrian Peterson just prior to Week 1. Swift looks like the closet thing the team has to a complete package in the backfield, but he'll likely be part of a two- or three-man committee at least to begin the season.
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Could get new backfield partner
RBDetroit Lions
February 10, 2021
Despite referring to Swift as a three-down back, Lions offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn said Wednesday that he wants to find "someone else to go with him," Chris Burke of The Athletic reports.
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Scores in season finale
RBDetroit Lions
January 3, 2021
Swift rushed 12 times for 54 yards and one touchdown while securing three of three targets for 16 yards during Sunday's 37-35 loss to Minnesota.
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Quiet with rest of team's offense
RBDetroit Lions
December 26, 2020
Swift rushed 10 times for 45 yards and lost a fumble in Saturday's 47-7 loss to the Buccaneers. He added four catches on five targets for 25 yards.
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Scores twice via ground
RBDetroit Lions
December 20, 2020
Swift registered 67 yards and two rushing TDs over 15 carries, adding four receptions for 15 yards during Sunday's 46-25 loss to the Titans. He also lost one fumble.
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Totals 50 yards in return
RBDetroit Lions
December 14, 2020
Swift rushed seven times for 24 yards and one touchdown while catching four of five targets for 26 yards during Sunday's 31-24 loss to Green Bay.
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