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D’Andre Swift draws a comparison to the dominant AFC running back trio

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The Detroit Lions have long lacked an impact runner, but with the emergence of D’Andre Swift, it’s possible those days are now over.

Swift took on the looks of a very imposing running back early in his career, and it’s possible he’s even starting to look like one of the top runners in the league, according to some analysts.

Bleacher Report has looked at the buying or selling of some early storylines and breakout players this season. Of course, Swift made the list, and writer Brent Sobleski is buying into the fact that he’s a breakout player this year.

As he wrote, while Swift was solid early in his career, it didn’t seem like he had the potential to be this dominant ever before. Given the staff he works with in Detroit, an outbreak could be firmly in the cards.

“A healthy Swift plays behind one of the best offensive lines in the league. The Lions’ pass attack kicks off at wide receivers thanks to Amon-Ra St. Brown’s rise and upgraded weapons elsewhere. Detroit’s main defense has the potential to be in the same conversation with Jonathan Taylor, Derrick Henry and Nick Chubb by the end of this season.”

As Sobleski was quick to point out, Swift’s injury is a variable to keep an eye on, but so far it looks like he can hold his own as a potential top defenseman in the league.

Getting him talking to players like Jonathan Taylor, Derrick Henry and Nick Chubb is quite an addition. This group has been a who’s who of league ground attacks in recent years, with six Pro Bowls, three rushing yardage leader finishes and three first-team All-Pro selections.

Swift hasn’t been able to match those numbers yet, but analysts say the time may be coming soon given what he’s doing in 2022.

With a sore ankle, Swift delivered some of the biggest plays of the day for Detroit’s offense in Week 2, showing off his overall talent and ability.

Early in the game, he had an electric 50-yard run that showed his ability to burst through the hole and make a big play.

Later, Swift also had perhaps one of the most impressive touchdown catches a running back will ever make, as he dove onto the turf to snatch a tipped ball, then got up and sprinted vigilantly to pay pay-dirt.

Swift finished the day with 87 total yards and a touchdown, which was solid considering his status in the game was uncertain. This result also came at a critical time to salvage momentum.

So far, Swift is enjoying a great season on the field. He has 200 rushing yards and two touchdowns under his belt, along with 62 receiving yards and one touchdown. It certainly makes him feel elitist so far this season.

As mentioned in the article, Swift is a solid player but his biggest question remains injury history. That slowed him down the most at the beginning of his career.

This offseason, Swift has committed to building bulk and looking more imposing. He’s been working hard to make himself more durable and so far it looks like it’s paying off. People took note of this both during the OTA sessions and in the training camp. So it’s perhaps no mistake that Swift didn’t miss any time in Week 2 with his ankle injury.

Should Swift stay on the field, there’s no reason he can’t be considered one of the top runners in the league. He can catch and run and could be a player who looks like a clone of Alvin Kamara.

With his health, there’s no reason he can’t hit that cap, which ultimately proves analysis points like this are spot on.

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Should Swift stay on the field, there’s no reason he can’t be considered one of the top runners in the league. He can catch and run and could be a player who looks like a clone of Alvin Kamara.

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