Detroit Lions RB D’Andre Swift got off to a great start in 2022, generating 262 scrimmage yards and two TDs in the first two weeks of the season. But, as has been the case early on in Swift’s career, injuries got in the way.
Swift has battled ankle and shoulder injuries this season, which shut him down for three games. Since his return, Swift hasn’t had the same workload. In Sunday’s win over Green Bay, the back played just 10 offensive snaps. He grew visibly frustrated by his usage in the second half of a win against Green Bay.
“I think he got pissed off a little bit,” offensive coordinator Ben Johnson said Thursday. “He caught that third down and was just a little bit short and we took him out. But that’s good, that’s good. That means he’s going the right direction for us.”
Swift was outpaced by two running backs against the Packers. Jamaal Williams got a lion’s share of the carries out of the backfield, rushing 24 times for 81 yards. Justin Jackson had four carries for 27 yards.
Swift packed on more muscle over the offseason in hopes of holding up better to the NFL grind. He took regular days off throughout training camp to ensure he would start a season at full strength for the first time in his career.
Detroit Lions RB D’Andre Swift. Photo courtsey of The Athletic