His rookie year in the books, Detroit Lions’ running back D’Andre Swift is working hard this offseason to achieve that coveted second-year leap.
Swift offered a taste of what he’s capable of his first year—114 carries for 521 yards and eight touchdowns. Many analysts, including CBS Sports’ Josh Edwards, expect the running back to make that second-year leap: “when healthy, he provided a spark for that offense.” He’s also expected to blossom under Anthony Lynn.
Ready to experience a breakout season in 2021, Swift spoke with the media Thursday, detailing some of his offseason work.
“Full body strength—being stronger (in) every area,” he said.
He said he’s been training with Mo Wells at House of Athlete. I found this story from the Jacksonville Free Press in case you want to learn more about him.
I spy Teddy Bridgewater, Baker Mayfield, Jarvis Landry, Leonard Fournette, Mecole Hardman, so it looks like he’s the go-to guy for quite a few in the pros.
Swift said Wells helped him train during the combine process, adding he’s “one of the best trainers out there.” This time around, their main focus has been speed and full-body strength.
When it comes to other backs, Swift said he and Jamaal Williams already have chemistry.
“I like Jamaal’s game a lot. I think we can complement each other real well,” he said.
And as for the possibility of Todd Gurley joining the Lions, Swift said Gurley could add knowledge and experience, adding “I’d be happy.”
Onto the rest of your notes.
- Heyyyy a re-grade that actually went the Lions’ way. PFF takes another look at the 2018 draft class.
- NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora ranked NFL divisions and apparently isn’t too hot on the NFC North, especially if Aaron Rodgers decides to take off: “without him it will be like last year’s NFC East.” YIKES.
- Expect COVID-19 protocols to change constantly (hopefully for the best) ahead of the 2021 season. Some of the latest info:
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says that he expects full stadiums in the fall, but that "It's very possible some non-vaccinated personnel will have to have masks on."— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) May 26, 2021
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said 30 of 32 teams have a better-than-90% vaccination rate among Tier I and Tier II personnel, and the other two are over 85%.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) May 26, 2021
- Detroit Free Press photojournalist Junfu Han offers a full gallery of the best photos from OTAs.
- After skipping 2020 entirely, the Quick Lane Bowl returns to Ford Field.