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Notes: D’Andre Swift ranks on lower end of RB1s

Still, many believe the back is prime for a breakout season in Year 2.

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When it comes to RB1s heading into 2021, the Detroit Lions’ very own D’Andre Swift ranks just below the middle of the pack, according to one NFL analyst.

Former NFL running back Maurice Jones-Drew ranked each team’s top running back, which he notes, offers a particularly deep crop this year. He made sure to emphasize the amount of back talent across the league right now. Swift came in at No. 22 on the list.

“Swift’s rookie season was a mixed bag with a few big performances but more subpar outings. The Lions can’t afford for their rushing attack to have a lull that stretches on for a while,” Jones-Drew writes.

In his first year in the NFL, Swift rushed for 521 yards and scored eight rushing touchdowns in 13 games. On the receiving side, he caught 46 passes for 357 yards and two touchdowns.

Not bad, but not explosive just yet. Analysts nationwide predict he’s one of the prime candidates for a breakout season.

“Swift, a talented and versatile weapon out of the backfield, must find consistency and make a major Year 2 leap in Anthony Lynn’s offense,” Jones-Drew finishes.

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