It’s not very often that the Detroit Lions have a running back go over the century mark in rushing yards in a single game but that is exactly what rookie running back D’Andre Swift did on Sunday during a 34-16 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
In fact, Swift had 116 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns on just 14 carries, which makes him the first Lions’ rookie to ever to finish a game with 115 yards and 2 TDs on fewer than 15 carries.
.@Lions RB @DAndreSwift is the first rookie in franchise history, and second player overall (Billy Sims – 1984), to finish a game with at least 115 rushing yards and 2 TDs on fewer than 15 carries in the game.#OnePride pic.twitter.com/hqYEaUdms1
— Detroit Lions PR (@LionsPR) October 18, 2020
Following the game, Lions head coach Matt Patricia and quarterback Matthew Stafford weighed in on Swift’s performance.
“Give him credit, he did a phenomenal job behind our O-line,” Patricia said. “I think he ran really hard. I think he ran physical, which is great to see. We know what a great player he is, and we have been talking about it for a while. There are things he can do that will give opponents problems. It was brought up to me to take the bye week to really look at some plays we had and how they all fit together. I thought (Darrell) Bevell and his staff did a great job of getting a good run-game plan to the offense. They went out and executed it really well.”
“It’s awesome,” Stafford said. “Obviously I thought the guys up front did a great job of opening holes, and he was hitting them with authority, making guys miss, running people over. He did a nice job.”
“He’s done a nice job,” Stafford said. “Obviously he missed some practice early on in training camp, but got healthy and has been doing a really nice job. Just whatever his role is, he’s trying to do it the best that he can.”
Nation, do you think Swift should be the focal point in the Lions’ offense moving forward?