2021 Detroit Lions training camp preview: running back
Twentyman’s point of view: Swift and Williams have a chance to form a great tandem in Detroit’s backfield, behind an offensive line that should be one of the best units in the league. We got a glimpse of how dynamic Swift was during his rookie season. It has speed, quickness and can cut in no time. He also doesn’t get enough credit for the way he runs. A player does not run for eight touchdowns without showing some tenacity around the goal line.
One area where Swift and Williams can really make a big impact is in passing. Swift caught over 45 passes as a rookie and Williams landed over 30 receptions as No.2 at Green Bay a year ago. Swift has been particularly dynamic as a receiver this offseason and has said if the opportunity arises he could catch over 75 balls this season.
When all is said and done, Williams signing could be one of GM Brad Holmes’ best moves this offseason. He pairs well with Swift, and they have a chance to be a really good duo.
4.0: Career average yards per carry over 500 rushing attempts for Williams.
6th: Warren’s 2,918 rushing yards rank sixth all-time at the University of Cincinnati.
ten: Swift’s 10 total touchdowns were the fourth by a rookie (Jonathan Taylor 12, Antonio Gibson 11, Chase Claypool 11) in the NFL in 2020 and the fourth by a rookie in team Lions history.
143: Average rushing yards per game for Jefferson at Oregon State last season, who placed fourth in the FBS. Jefferson averaged 108 rushing yards per game during his college career
Quote: “I would say his contraction and speed is definitely showing,” Lions head coach Dan Campbell said of Swift. “It was a breath of fresh air to see him.
“Look, I said it from day one, we’re so excited to be able to work with him. We think he’s got a lot of talent and has so much room to grow. To have Jamaal (Williams) with him, I think it will do wonders. But obviously being with Duce (Staley) – I think Duce is going to get the best out of this kid. He’s really going to grow up, so we’re excited about him. “