Swift said Monday that he won't require offseason surgeries to address the ankle and shoulder injuries he played through for most of the 2022 campaign, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Analysis: Though Swift noted that he plans to visit with "a couple doctors" in the coming weeks, he believes that he'll return to full health over the offseason simply through rest and rehab. After amassing a career-high 144 rushing yards on 15 carries while playing 65 percent of the offensive snaps in the Lions' Week 1 loss to the Eagles, Swift never surpassed those three numbers over his subsequent 13 appearances on the season. Instead, the Lions leaned heavily on Jamaal Williams as their lead option on the ground the rest of the way, while Swift logged double-digit carries on just two other occasions and operated as the team's top pass-catching back. Swift still proved to be dynamic as a ballcarrier (5.5 yards per carry), so if he's able to enter the 2023 season in optimal health, he could siphon more work away from Williams, a pending free agent whom the Lions are presumably interested in re-signing.
Jan 10, 2023 9:34 AM EST
Swift had six carries for 25 yards and seven receptions for 61 yards in Sunday's 20-16 win over Green Bay.
Analysis: Jamaal Williams (16-72-2) led the rushing attack -- as he had been doing all year -- forcing Swift to make his mark on the game primarily as a receiver. The 23-year-old performed well as part of a committee this season, racking up 931 combined yards and eight total touchdowns across 14 games. While those are decent totals, fantasy managers were hoping for more production from a player with such a high ADP in 2022. Swift will enter the fourth year of his rookie contract potentially as the lead back in Detroit with Williams lined up to be an unrestricted free agent in 2023.
Jan 8, 2023 9:44 PM EST
Swift rushed 11 times for 78 yards and one touchdown while catching four of four targets for 39 yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 41-10 win over the Bears.
Analysis: Swift's rollercoaster season continued as his big day comes a week after totaling 25 scoreless yards on five touches in Week 16 against the Panthers. He didn't even need a Jamaal Williams absence to do so, either, considering the latter totaled 157 yards with a touchdown of his own over 23 touches. If No. 3 running back Justin Jackson (hip) -- who's averaged five combined rushing attempts plus targets since Detroit's Week 6 bye -- remains unable to steal touches in Week 18, look for Swift and Williams to again split the vast majority of work out of the backfield in a the regular-season finale in Green Bay.
Jan 1, 2023 1:24 PM EST
Swift's teammate Jamaal Williams is not listed on the injury report in advance of Sunday's game against Chicago.
Analysis: Williams missed the final quarter of last week's loss to Carolina with a leg injury and Swift wound up logging his second-highest share of offensive snaps all season. However, Williams may have been held out for precautionary reasons since Detroit was down multiple scores at the time, and he subsequently did not need to miss any practice time this week. While Williams' absence would have positioned Swift as a strong candidate for a heavy role against a weak Bears defense, his presence could mean more of the same for Swift, whose touch count has fluctuated all season.
Dec 30, 2022 12:04 PM EST
Swift rushed four times for 12 yards while catching one of five targets for 13 yards during Saturday's loss to Carolina.
Analysis: Swift logged his second-highest snap count of the season and still barely got the ball on a day that he stayed healthy while Jamaal Williams (leg) left the game in the third quarter. Making matters worse is that third-string tight end Shane Zylstra vultured three red-zone touchdowns, and Jared Goff fumbled the snap on one of the few remaining opportunities when Swift was on the field near the goal line. Outside of sustaining an injury of his own, this outing couldn't have gone much worse for the slumping running back and his fantasy investors. However, for those investors still in contention, Swift could be a high-upside fantasy option in Week 17 against a porous Bears defense if Williams is unable to play.
Dec 25, 2022 7:42 AM EST
Swift rushed eight times for 52 yards while catching five of nine targets for 23 yards during Sunday's 20-17 win over the Jets.
Analysis: While Swift was highly efficient with his rushing attempts and logged a season high in targets, the Jets did well in keeping the Lions offense out of their territory for most of the game, making it hard for any Lions running back to sniff the end zone. Moreover, Swift was unable to do much with his lofty target total since New York was quick to bottle him up when Detroit tried getting him the ball. The third-year running back will look to put up bigger numbers in a Week 16 matchup with the Panthers.
Dec 18, 2022 1:48 PM EST
Swift rushed six times for 21 yards and brought in three of four targets for 18 yards in the Lions' 34-23 win over the Vikings on Sunday.
Analysis: Swift appeared to be firmly on an upward trajectory heading into Sunday's game after tying his season high in touches during a Week 13 blowout win over the Jaguars. However, it was backfield mate Jamaal Williams who comfortably paced the team in carries with 16 on Sunday, and Swift couldn't make up for the shortfall in rushing work through the air. The Lions' backfield once again appears to be a bit of a fantasy quagmire heading into a tough Week 14 road battle versus the Jets.
Dec 11, 2022 2:43 PM EST
Swift (ankle) practiced fully Thursday.
Analysis: Swift opened the week with a limited showing Wednesday with an ankle issue, but it didn't impact his activity level one day later, effectively clearing him for Week 14 action. The Lions tacked on Jamaal Williams (hand) onto Thursday's injury report, but like Swift he was able to log a full practice. As a result, the Swift-Williams backfield is a go ahead of Sunday's matchup with the Vikings.
Dec 8, 2022 1:25 PM EST
Swift (ankle) was limited in practice Wednesday.
Analysis: Swift initially was diagnosed with an ankle injury between Weeks 1 and 2, but he ditched that specific health concern as of Week 11 and has increased his snap share each of the last four games, culminating in 18 touches for 111 yards and one rushing TD this past Sunday versus the Jaguars. With a capped session to kick off Week 14 prep, his status now will be monitored to get a sense of his potential to keep things rolling Sunday against the Vikings.
Dec 7, 2022 1:18 PM EST
Swift rushed 14 times for 62 yards and a touchdown and brought in four of six targets for 49 yards in the Lions' 40-14 win over the Jaguars on Sunday.
Analysis: Swift handled his heaviest workload on the ground since Week 1 and found the end zone for the third time in the last four games in what was his best all-around game of the season. The third-year back's rushing yardage tally was also his second highest of the season, while his receiving yardage was a new high-water mark in 2022. The fact Swift outpaced backfield mate Jamaal Williams by three carries could be harbinger of what the stretch run may hold now that the former is possibly finally back to full health, but more insight should be gleaned from the division of labor in a Week 14 divisional home showdown against the Vikings.
Dec 4, 2022 3:58 PM EST
Swift rushed five times for 19 yards with a two-point conversion while catching four of eight targets for 24 yards during Thursday's 28-25 loss to the Bills.
Analysis: Jamaal Williams continues to get the bulk of the rushing workload, but he also hasn't seen a target in the passing game since Week 8. Meanwhile, Swift has seen at least three targets in every game this year while logging a modest uptick in snaps (32 percent on Thursday) for the fourth consecutive contest. While fantasy managers would still like to see more after he opened the season seeing two-thirds of the offensive snaps, Swift is at least getting some goal-line carries -- including a potential touchdown that was called back Thursday -- and it is possible that Swift's snap share could continue to trend upward the further he distances himself from his shoulder and ankle injuries. His receiving chops could be highly utilized in Week 12 against a Jaguars defense that has been better against the run than the pass this year.
Nov 24, 2022 6:12 PM EST
Swift rushed five times for 20 yards and a touchdown while corralling all three of his targets for 12 yards in Sunday's 31-18 win over the Giants.
Analysis: Swift avoided the injury report for the second week in a row, but he was still limited to single-digit touches. Jamaal Williams (17/64/3) and Justin Jackson (9/66/0) both saw more usage and production than the oft-injured back. Swift was able to maintain fantasy usefulness with a late score from in close during once the game was well in hand. Fantasy managers should be concerned about the lack of touches for the former second-round pick, but he continues to stay afloat with touchdowns in consecutive weeks. Expect Swift to continue to be used as part of a crowded backfield committee against the Bills on Thanksgiving.
Nov 20, 2022 2:41 PM EST
Swift carried the ball six times for six yards and a touchdown and caught one of three targets for six yards in Sunday's 31-30 win over the Bears.
Analysis: For the third straight game, Swift failed to top 10 rushing yards, but he salvaged his day from a fantasy perspective with a nine-yard TD run early in the fourth quarter -- his first score on the ground since Week 1. His poor recent performances suggest he's still playing through some sort of injury, making Swift a risky option in Week 11 against the Giants.
Nov 13, 2022 2:23 PM EST
Swift (ankle/shoulder) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against Chicago, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Swift will play a third straight game and should get more playing time after taking only 10 snaps (16 percent) in last week's 15-9 win over the Packers. Coach Dan Campbell said Monday that the Lions hoped to give Swift "a little bit more" work this Sunday, while Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports that the running back was frustrated by his lack of playing time last week. Swift was a full practice participant Friday for the first time since Week 1, after being limited Wednesday and Thursday. He'll suit up Sunday against a struggling Bears defense that's been thinned out by trades, splitting work with Jamaal Williams in a backfield that recently lost Craig Reynolds (ribs) to injured reserve.
Nov 11, 2022 12:42 PM EST
Swift (ankle/shoulder) practiced on a limited basis Thursday.
Analysis: Swift continues to operate with a cap on his practice reps due to lingering ankle and shoulder injuries. He'll have one more opportunity Friday to get back to all activity, at which point the Lions may give him a designation ahead of Sunday's game at Chicago. On Monday, coach Dan Quinn relayed to Eric Woodyard of ESPN.com that the Lions hope to give Swift "a little bit more" work in Week 10. Whether or not Swift will increase his snap share (16 percent) and touch count (five) from this past Sunday versus the Packers remains to be seen, but Jamaal Williams and Justin Jackson are available to Detroit's backfield as long as Swift isn't 100 percent.
Nov 10, 2022 1:12 PM EST
Swift (ankle/shoulder) was limited at practice Wednesday.
Analysis: After missing three games due to ankle and shoulder injuries, Swift returned to action Week 8 against the Dolphins, earning a 52 percent snap share and 10 touches in the process. He proceeded to have practice limitations last week before being active this past Sunday against the Packers, but he fell all the way back to 16 percent of the plays and just five touches. Coach Dan Campbell relayed to Eric Woodyard of ESPN.com on Monday that Swift didn't incur any setbacks in that game, and that he hopes the team "can give him a little bit more this week." Swift may have to get back to a full session Thursday and/or Friday to have any chance at a normal workload Sunday in Chicago, but Jamaal Williams and Justin Jackson are on hand in the event the former's snap count again is capped this weekend.
Nov 9, 2022 1:15 PM EST
Head coach Dan Campbell indicated Monday that Swift did not suffer any setbacks during Sunday's victory over the Packers, Eric Woodyard of ESPN reports. "We're hopeful we can give him a little bit more this week," Campbell said.
Analysis: After logging over half of the offensive snaps in his return from shoulder and ankle injuries in Week 8 against Miami, Swift logged just 16 percent in Week 9 against Green Bay. While it is not clear why the star running back would see less work if injuries weren't at play, the fact that Swift saw less action than Justin Jackson (21 percent) certainly makes Campbell's comments seem suspicious. Wednesday's initial injury report should provide further clarity to Swift's availability for a Week 10 matchup against the Bears.
Nov 7, 2022 12:58 PM EST
Swift (ankle/shoulder) rushed twice for 10 yards and caught three of four targets for 40 yards in Sunday's 15-9 win over the Packers.
Analysis: Swift's role and usage were limited for the second consecutive week due to multiple nagging injuries. Jamaal Williams (24/81/0) handled the majority of the early-down work Sunday, with both backs producing modest fantasy lines in their respective roles. Swift is the back with the higher upside, but injuries have derailed a promising start to his 2022 campaign. The 23-year-old's managers are hoping that he can inch closer to handling a starter's workload after being eased back into action over Detroit's last two contests. Swift's next chance to accomplish that task will come against a struggling Bears defense next Sunday.
Nov 6, 2022 3:50 PM EST
Swift (ankle/shoulder) is listed as active Sunday against the Packers.
Analysis: While Swift is healthy enough to play, the Lions are taking a cautious approach with their No. 1 running back as he continues to tend to ankle and shoulder issues. Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Swift likely will handle a role similar to his Week 8 workload, when he played 52 percent of the offensive snaps and notched 10 touches for 33 yards from scrimmage and a receiving TD. As a result, Jamaal Williams, who tallied 76 total yards and two rushing scores last Sunday versus the Dolphins, again may be on the better end of Detroit's backfield breakdown for fantasy purposes Week 9.
Nov 6, 2022 8:33 AM EST
Swift (ankle), officially listed as questionable, is expected to play in a limited capacity Sunday against the Dolphins, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Swift managed limited practices on both Thursday and Friday, which suggests that he is healthy enough to play. However, the Lions has been conservative with their approach to playing Swift, as he was limited to only 52 percent of Detroit's offensive snaps and five carries in its Week 8 loss to the Dolphins. He could in line for a similar -- or even lesser -- role in Week 9, but it appears unlikely that he will serve as anything close to a workhorse back.
Nov 5, 2022 9:02 PM EST
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