D'Andre Swift ready to battle Kerryon Johnson 'full force'
The Detroit Lions could end up having one of the best one-two punches at running back in 2020.
New Lions running back D’Andre Swift may turn out to be one of the biggest steals of the entire draft. While most thought he would be a first-round pick, Swift fell to the Lions in the second round. Now, he battles returning starter and former Auburn standout Kerryon Johnson for the starting job and carries.
Swift has more than enough talent and ability to be an impact rookie, and he knows that nothing will be given to him.
“I’ve been competing all my life,” Swift said Thursday, via the Detroit Free Press. “Kerryon is a great back, great player. I remember when he was at Auburn, and he was killing us. He’s still doing great in the league.
“I can’t even give you my role. Whatever role they have for me, I just gotta make sure I’m in the best shape and know all of the plays so I’m ready to take it on full force. But I’m not going in there looking to do anything, just doing what I’ve been doing.”
Johnson has dealt with knee injuries in his first 2 seasons, but he’s managed to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark and has scored 6 touchdowns.
Swift rushed for more than 2,800 yards and 20 touchdowns during his college career at Georgia. While the duo will compete for carries, Swift and Johnson give the Lions backfield a great combination with SEC flavor.