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Notes: D’Andre Swift could get more involved in the Detroit Lions’ passing game

Swift already has 12 catches, but he may get involved earlier in games.

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After Monday night’s loss, Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell was asked if he believed the team had enough talent in their receiving corps to hang with good offensive teams like the Green Bay Packers. Campbell replied that he believes the team has the talent, but they’re still trying to figure out where each wide receiver is best served for this offense.

“I’m not giving up on our receivers, either,” Campbell said. “We’ll just keep working and find out what they really do best that we can showcase or maybe even, position-wise, exactly where they need to be.”

Campbell also pointed to another solution: get the ball in the hands of the team’s two biggest offensive playmakers: running back D’Andre Swift and T.J. Hockenson.

“Maybe we’ve got to find more plays for Swifty, we’ve got to find more plays for Hock,” Campbell said.

Hockenson has already been plenty involved in the team’s aerial attack. He leads the Lions in targets (20), receiving yards (163), and touchdowns (2). Swift, however, hasn’t seen quite as many looks—especially before the game has gotten out of hand in both previous games. Though he has 106 receiving yards and 12 catches, 89 of those receiving yards have come in the second half with the team already way behind.

Campbell and the Lions offense would be wise to get Swift more involved earlier in the game, because Swift has already proven to be a deadly weapon in the receiving attack through two weeks:

With Lions No. 1 receiver Tyrell Williams expected to be out again this week, don’t be surprised if Swift is a more significant part of the game plan against the Ravens.

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