5'9'' / 208 lbs
Sent to Philly
Latest Headline: Published 2023-04-29
Swift was traded to the Eagles on Saturday for a 2025 fourth-round pick and additional compensation in the 2023 NFL Draft, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
The writing was on the wall as soon as the Lions drafted Jahmyr Gibbs in the first-round of the 2023 NFL Draft. The third-year running back was unique dynamic as both a runner and pass catcher when healthy, but the Lions never really unleashed the 2020 second-round pick either due to concerns regarding his consistent availability or just an organizational philosophy. In Philadelphia, Swift should get ample opportunities to prove his worth even if he ends up splitting time with incumbents Kenny Gainwell and Boston Scott, and offseason addition Rashaad Penny.
Fantasy Points by Week 2022
Weekly Stats 2022
|Fantasy Points||Betting||Rushing Stats||Receiving Stats|
|1 PHI||Dome 72°||26.5||1st||1.47||6.5||48.5||15||144||9.6||1||50%||5||1||1||3||31||0||54%|
|2 WAS||Dome 82°||16.7||5th||2.39||1.5||48.5||5||56||11.2||0||9%||1||1||1||2||31||1||21%|
|3 @MIN||Dome 64°||7.6||15th||0.76||6.5||52.5||7||31||4.4||0||19%||0||0||0||3||15||0||20%|
|8 MIA||Dome 53°||14.3||9th||1.43||4.0||50.5||5||6||1.2||0||17%||0||0||0||5||27||1||26%|
|9 GB||Dome 59°||8.0||8th||1.60||4.0||49.5||2||10||5.0||0||40%||0||0||0||3||40||0||7%|
|10 @CHI||Outdoor 34°||8.2||9th||1.17||3.0||48.5||6||6||1.0||1||50%||0||0||0||1||6||0||19%|
|11 @NYG||Outdoor 35°||12.2||10th||1.53||3.0||45.5||5||20||4.0||1||30%||1||0||0||3||12||0||14%|
|12 BUF||Dome 44°||10.3||11th||1.14||9.5||54.5||5||19||3.8||0||16%||0||0||0||4||24||0||18%|
|13 JAC||Dome 41°||21.1||3rd||1.17||-1.5||51.5||14||62||4.4||1||11%||1||0||0||4||49||0||45%|
|14 MIN||Dome 40°||6.9||13th||0.77||-2.5||52.5||6||21||3.5||0||33%||0||0||0||3||18||0||20%|
|15 @NYJ||Outdoor 38°||12.5||10th||0.96||2.5||44.5||8||52||6.5||0||27%||1||0||0||5||23||0||29%|
|16 @CAR||Outdoor 20°||3.5||23rd||0.70||-2.5||44.5||4||12||3.0||0||33%||0||0||0||1||13||0||24%|
|17 CHI||Dome 38°||27.7||1st||1.85||-4.0||51.5||11||78||7.1||1||42%||2||1||0||4||39||1||28%|
|18 @GB||Outdoor 21°||15.6||6th||1.20||4.5||48.5||6||25||4.2||0||32%||2||0||0||7||61||0||24%|
Performance Splits: 2020 to 2022
|Fantasy Points||Rushing Averages||Receiving Averages|
Career Stats by Season: 2020 to 2022
|Fantasy Points||Rushing Stats||Receiving Stats|
Receiving trade interest
Latest Headline: Published 2023-04-28
The Lions have received inquiries about trading Swift in the wake of the team selecting Jahmyr Gibbs 12th overall in the 2023 NFL Draft on Thursday, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.
General manager Brad Holmes said Thursday that Swift is "still a part of our team" Thursday, adding that "it is early," per Jeff Risdon of USA Today. The fact remains that the team saw fit to spend a high first-round pick on a capable pass-catching back in Gibbs, after already having signed David Montgomery to a three-year, $18 million contract this offseason. It doesn't take much reading between the lines to see that Swift could be on the way out. A dynamic playmaker in his own right, durability concerns have limited Swift's upside with the Lions, as he missed at least three games in each of his three seasons with the team. It's possible, though, that another team could be intrigued enough by Swift's flashes to take a chance on him and be willing to part with more than a late-round pick in exchange for the young runner. For fantasy purposes, a chance of scenery would likely only boost Swift's stock with Gibbs now atop the Lions' backfield depth chart.
Remains in Lions' plans
Latest Headline: Published 2023-03-20
Head coach Dan Campbell indicated at the NFL Combine in early March that Detroit has no plans to give up on Swift, Woodward Sports Network reports. "We thought we had a recipe going into the year, and it didn't work out. ... We're going to start all over from scratch again. Let's find another way to help him stay on the field. ... He's too talented to not have out there."
Injuries forced Swift to miss three games for the third straight season in 2022, and he's been limited by health concerns in many other games. This continued lack of durability, combined with Detroit upgrading from Jamaal Williams to David Montgomery last week, brings high levels of uncertainty to calculations of Swift's 2023 fantasy value. While Campbell's comments -- which were made before Montgomery's signing -- nonetheless suggest that the Lions know what they have in their big-play running back, it will be interesting to see what the next "recipe" may consist of considering the last one was to put less on Swift's plate (he moved from 11.6 carries and 6.0 targets per game in 2021 to 7.1 carries and 5.0 targets per game in 2022). Until further notice, Swift should generally be considered a high-upside, low-floor fantasy option that gets a considerable boost in value within best-ball formats that use PPR scoring.
Avoiding offseason surgery
Latest Headline: Published 2023-01-10
Swift said Monday that he won't require offseason surgeries to address the ankle or shoulder injuries he played through for most of the 2022 campaign, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
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 next season at 100 percent, he should see a bigger workload -- especially if Williams, a pending free agent, isn't re-signed.
Effective as receiving option
Latest Headline: Published 2023-01-08
Swift had six carries for 25 yards and seven receptions for 61 yards in Sunday's 20-16 win over Green Bay.
Jamaal Williams (16-72-2) led the rushing attack -- as he did 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.
Bounce-back effort against Bears
Latest Headline: Published 2023-01-01
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.
Swift's rollercoaster season continued, as his big day came 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 backfield work in the regular-season finale in Green Bay.
Backfield at full health
Latest Headline: Published 2022-12-30
Swift's teammate Jamaal Williams is not listed on the injury report in advance of Sunday's game against Chicago.
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.