D’Andre Swift has missed a chunk of games in each of his first two NFL seasons, which is why he has clearly been putting in the work this offseason to make sure it doesn’t happen again in 2022.
Swift has been one of the Detroit Lions’ best skill players whenever he’s been on the field. Last season, he was one of the best pass-catching running backs in the whole league whenever he was on the field.
When defenders see him on that field, he will be looking a lot bigger:
Now that he is built like the Hulk, the Lions are trying to prepare him to play through pain in 2022.
“Injuries happen, but one of the things Swift — and I had a conversation about — is you’ve got to be able to play through some of these injuries as a running back,” position coach Duce Staley said this week. “We all know there’s a difference between being injured and hurt. As soon as you step in this building as a running back, Day 1 training camp, you’re not going to feel the same. There will be some things you have to fight through.”
Swift had his breakout year in 2021 for a Lions team that went 3-13-1. The Philadelphia native, who is UGA’s 7th all-time leading rusher racked up 151 carries for 617 yards along with five touchdowns.
Swift added another 62 touches for 452 yards and two scores through the air to boot.