During the 13 games he played in his rookie season, Detroit Lions RB D'Andre Swift rushed for 521 yards and 8 TDs while catching 46 passes for 357 yards and 2 TDs. Swift had flashes of brilliance and other moments where he definitely looked like a rookie, as I wrote would happen before the season started.
But now it is time for Swift to take a step forward and NFL analyst Maurice Jones-Drew has the perfect word for the Lions running back if that is going to happen.
That word is “consistency.”
During a recent article published on NFL.com, Jones-Drew ranked all of the NFL running backs and Swift came in at No. 22 on the list.
Here is what Jones-Drew had to say about Swift.
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. 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.
First and foremost, Swift will have to stay healthy to really make a jump in Year 2 and if he does stay healthy, I truly believe that he will make a big jump in the running back rankings.