Lions news: D'Andre Swift officially signs rookie deal with Detroit
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D’Andre Swift officially signs rookie deal with Lions

D'Andre Swift, Lions

The Detroit Lions selected D’Andre Swift with the No. 35 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft last April. Two months later, the young running back is now officially a member of the team.

While everyone is celebrating July 4th with family, Swift officially signed his rookie deal with the Lions on Saturday. The rookie RB shared on Twitter the moment he put pen to paper.

Before being taken by the Lions in the 2020 NFL Draft, D’Andre Swift played his college football at Georgia. After sharing touches with Nick Chubb in 2017, the 21-year-old would start for the Bulldogs from 2018-2019.

Altogether, the talented running back combined for 2,267 rushing yards and 17 rushing touchdowns in his final two collegiate seasons. Despite playing in a run-oriented offense at Georgia, Swift also flashed his receiving ability, corralling 73 passes for 666 yards and five touchdowns in college.

Upon joining the Lions, Swift is expected to split the backfield duties with Kerryon Johnson. Similar to Swift, Johnson was an SEC running back that was taken in the second round by Detroit. However, Johnson was the team’s second-round selection in the 2018 NFL Draft.

With that being said, Johnson has managed to play in only 18 games in his first two seasons due to injuries. If the Auburn product continues to be plagued by injuries in 2020, then Swift could see an expanded role with the Lions immediately.

Regardless of whether or not Swift starts, he should see plenty of time on the field due to him being a better pass-catcher than Johnson. Nevertheless, Swift is officially a member of the Lions and he’s hoping to be part of a lethal offensive attack in 2020.