Swift carried 13 times for 24 yards and one touchdown while catching five of seven targets for 43 yards during Sunday's 34-11 loss to the Bengals.
Analysis: Swift was bottled up for the majority of the game before salvaging his fantasy performance with a number of receptions and a rushing score at the tail end of the fourth quarter. Meanwhile, Jamaal Williams saw a season-low five touches, but it's not clear if his reduced workload was at least partly a product of the hip injury Williams appeared on the injury report with this past week. Regardless, Swift has now seen 17.8 combined targets and carries per game through the first six weeks of the season and his usage only stands to benefit from any limitations Williams has going forward.
Oct 17, 2021 1:13 PM EST
Swift (groin) is listed as active Sunday against the Bengals.
Analysis: Swift has been a regular on Lions injury reports this season, only to suit up every game day. He's been on the receiving end of at least 12 touches in each outing and averaged 88.4 yards from scrimmage per game while scoring three TDs in five contests to date. Jamaal Williams, Swift's backfield mate, also entered the weekend as questionable but is available Sunday, so he'll continue to eat into the Swift's workload (Williams is averaging 14 touches per game himself).
Oct 17, 2021 8:34 AM EST
Swift (groin), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bengals, is expected to play, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: The Lions have regularly been listing Swift as questionable for games after he sustained a groin injury in early August, but his availability for any week has never seemed to be in major peril. The second-year back's usage of late would seemingly hint that the Lions are becoming increasingly comfortable with his health; after playing between 55 and 68 percent of the offensive snaps through the first three weeks, he's logged 72 and 73 percent snap shares in Weeks 4 and 5, respectively.
Oct 17, 2021 7:48 AM EST
Swift (groin) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bengals, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
Analysis: He's been listed as questionable every week and has been a limited participant in each official practice. It is possible the groin injury is a factor in Jamaal Williams getting so many carries, but Swift has remained productive nonetheless, with single-game lows of eight carries, five targets and 56 percent snap share. He should be busy again this Sunday, facing a Cincinnati defense that appears much improved from last season.
Oct 15, 2021 12:21 PM EST
Swift (groin) remained a limited practice participant Thursday, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
Analysis: The groin injury has been affecting Swift's practice reps all season, but after he played in each of the previous five games, there's little reason to worry about him sitting out Sunday against the Bengals. He's kicked off Week 6 prep with a pair of limited practices, and so long as he can maintain that level of activity or upgrade to full work Friday, he should be ready to handle his normal lead role out of the backfield this weekend.
Oct 14, 2021 1:17 PM EST
Swift (groin) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
Analysis: Swift's limited participation due to a groin injury has become a foregone conclusion, and he's nonetheless seen eight or more carries and five or more targets on at least 56 percent of snaps each week this season. He should be fine for Sunday's game against the Bengals, who rank 13th in YPC allowed (4.1) and 10th in rushing yards allowed (101.4 per game), though they've also yielded the second most receptions to RBs (41, but at a clip of just 6.1 YPR and 4.9 YPT).
Oct 13, 2021 1:27 PM EST
Swift (groin) rushed 11 times for 51 yards and a touchdown while catching all six of his targets for 53 yards in Sunday's 19-17 loss to Minnesota.
Analysis: Jamaal Williams received two extra carries in this one, but it was Swift who provided the better returns for fantasy owners due to his touchdown and receiving production. It was the 22-year-old's second rushing touchdown and third total score through five games. While Swift's rushing totals have been disappointing (Sunday was his first game of over 50 rushing yards), he should be the preferred option in the backfield timeshare due to his heavy usage as a receiver (29 receptions for 252 yards). Swift and the Lions will face the Bengals next Sunday.
Oct 10, 2021 3:00 PM EST
Swift (groin) is listed as active Sunday at Minnesota.
Analysis: Swift's preseason groin issue continues to linger, resulting in questionable tags for each of the last four contests. Despite the limitations in practice, however, he's averaged 15 touches for 78 yards from scrimmage while scoring one touchdown during that stretch. Fellow running back Jamaal Williams (hip) also tended to an injury this week, and while he's been cleared to play, he's taken a back seat to Swift in both snap count and reps during the recent three-game span (12.7 touches for 56.7 total yards per outing, one TD).
Oct 10, 2021 8:35 AM EST
Swift (groin), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Vikings, is expected to be active for the contest, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Swift has previously been labeled as questionable ahead of each of the Lions' last three contests, but he's played each time, averaging 10 carries and six targets in those games while totaling 234 yards from scrimmage and scoring a touchdown. No. 2 back Jamaal Williams (hip) is also listed as questionable but expected to play, so Detroit should be able to divvy up the backfield work between him and Swift in relatively typical fashion Sunday.
Oct 10, 2021 6:19 AM EST
Swift (groin) and Jamaal Williams (hip) both are listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Minnesota, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
Analysis: Swift has been playing through 'questionable' tags all year, while Williams was a new addition to the injury report at the beginning of the week. Both seem likely to play, whereas RT Penei Sewell (ankle) and TE T.J. Hockenson (knee) seem closer to truly questionable. Even so, fantasy managers should check back in Sunday morning ahead of the 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff to make sure Swift is indeed active for a fifth time in five weeks.
Oct 8, 2021 12:21 PM EST
Swift (groin) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice.
Analysis: Swift's lingering groin injury has prompted the Lions to restrict his practice reps for much of the season, but head coach Dan Campbell hasn't expressed any concern about the second-year back's availability for Sunday's game against the Vikings. Swift will still likely need to upgrade to full participation in Friday's practice to avoid taking a questionable designation into the weekend, however.
Oct 7, 2021 12:54 PM EST
Swift (groin) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.
Analysis: The same goes for fellow running back Jamaal Williams, who is listed with a hip injury. Swift has seen at least 56 percent of snaps and 12 touches in every game this season, despite being listed with the groin injury each week. He'll head to Minnesota for a road date with the Vikings in Week 5, looking to rebound from a season-worst outing in the Week 4 loss at Chicago.
Oct 6, 2021 1:05 PM EST
Swift rushed eight times for 16 yards and caught four of six targets for 33 yards during Sunday's 24-14 loss to Chicago.
Analysis: After a week of Detroit's head coach talking up Swift's expanding role, the running back matched his season-low touch total from Week 2 while Jamaal Williams logged a season-high 14 carries. It's a disappointing short-term development for fantasy owners, but they shouldn't dismiss that Swift tripled Williams in targets and could have had an easy receiving touchdown at one point had Jared Goff looked his way. With the Lions' defense unlikely to contain the Vikings offense in Week 5, Swift's receiving skills could be needed early and often by Detroit.
Oct 3, 2021 2:16 PM EST
Swift (groin) is active for Sunday's game against the Bears.
Analysis: As expected, Swift is good to go for the Week 4 matchup after the groin injury limited his participation in practices Wednesday through Friday. The Lions haven't suggested that Swift will face any restrictions as a result of the issue, but the second-year player has already been operating as the lead option in a timeshare at running back with Jamaal Williams. Swift has played 62.5 percent of Detroit's offense snaps and has drawn a carry or target on 42.4 percent of those plays, while Williams has logged a 40.5 percent snap share while garnering a touch on 49.4 percent of those plays.
Oct 3, 2021 8:34 AM EST
Swift (groin), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bears, is expected to play, Josina Anderson of USA Today reports.
Analysis: Swift took a designation into the weekend after his groin injury limited his activity in practices Wednesday through Friday. The Lions were apparently encouraged enough by how Swift looked Friday to prepare as though he'll suit up Week 4, but his status won't officially be confirmed until Detroit releases its inactive list approximately 90 minutes prior to Sunday's 1 p.m. ET kickoff. Though he's seen his snap share drop in each successive week and hasn't topped 70 percent of the offensive plays in any of the Lions' three games, Swift has been one of the NFL's most productive pass-catching backs thus far with 19 receptions for 166 yards and a score on 23 targets.
Oct 3, 2021 5:41 AM EST
Swift (groin) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game at Chicago.
Analysis: Swift is yet again entering the weekend with a fog hanging over his availability, but he still suited up in each of the Lions' first three games of the season. In those contests, he racked up 52 touches for 289 yards from scrimmage and two TDs, while backup Jamaal Williams regularly was involved as well, turning 41 touches into 214 total yards and two scores himself.
Oct 1, 2021 12:47 PM EST
The Lions listed Swift (groin) as a limited participant at Thursday's practice.
Analysis: The Lions limited Swift's reps for the second day in a row, but head coach Dan Campbell hasn't suggested that the second-year back is in any danger of missing Sunday's game in Chicago. In fact, Campbell suggested earlier this week in an interview with Nick Baumgardner and Chris Burke of The Athletic that Swift could be in line for an increased role moving forward, after the 22-year-old thrived as a playmaker in the second half of last week's loss to the Ravens. The Lions will decide after Friday's practice whether Swift will carry an injury designation into Sunday's matchup.
Sep 30, 2021 1:05 PM EST
Swift (groin) was limited at Wednesday's practice.
Analysis: For the fourth week in a row to begin the season, Swift has had his practice reps capped in the first session due to the groin injury he picked up in early August. Still, there's an expectation from the Lions that he's ready to handle a larger workload, as coach Dan Campbell intimated earlier this week. Campbell acknowledged to Nick Baumgardner and Chris Burke of The Athletic on Monday that Swift "started getting the ball in his hands and started making some plays" this past Sunday against the Ravens. Ultimately, Swift got a season-high 21 touches and 107 yards from scrimmage, while scoring his second touchdown of the campaign.
Sep 29, 2021 1:06 PM EST
Swift's workload could increase now that he is fully healthy, Nick Baumgardner and Chris Burke of The Athletic report. "I think you see the hot hand, right?" head coach Dan Campbell said. "[Swift] started getting the ball in his hands and started making some plays. I would imagine [the offensive coordinator] upstairs was saying, 'Let's keep getting him the ball.' And I was conscious of it as well."
Analysis: Fully past the groin injury that hampered him during the end of the preseason, Swift averaged 6.5 yards per touch in the first half of Sunday's game against Baltimore. Detroit made a concerted effort to get him the ball more coming out of the break and the end result was 15 more touches en route to 107 total yards and his second touchdown of the year. More importantly for Campbell, the strategy nearly helped the Lions pull off the upset over the heavily favored Ravens. While it's no question that Jamaal Williams is a capable sidekick, Detroit's offense has been at its best with Swift in the backfield and it seems as if the Lions coaching staff is taking notice.
Sep 28, 2021 7:15 PM EST
Swift (groin) rushed 14 times for 47 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 19-17 loss to the Ravens. He also caught all seven of his targets for 60 yards and threw an incomplete pass.
Analysis: Swift's two-yard touchdown run in the third accounted for all of Detroit's points through three quarters. He almost added another touchdown in the fourth quarter after catching the ball in the flat, but he was ruled just short of the end zone after turning upfield. Jamaal Williams ended up capping that drive with a one-yard score after Swift came up short again on the next play. Swift has 19 catches through three weeks and more receiving yards (166) than rushing yards (123), as he's become the focal point of a Lions offense that doesn't get much production out of its wide receivers.
Sep 26, 2021 3:34 PM EST
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