D'Andre Swift eyeing elite NFL company with two majors goals in 2022


If D'Andre Swift accomplishes his goals this season, he'll join one of the most exclusive groups of running backs in NFL history.

And he might have Duce Staley to thank.

Swift doesn't just want to become the first Lions running back since Reggie Bush to put up 1,000 yards rushing. He also wants to become the first Lions running back ever to put up 1,000 yards receiving.

Only three running backs in NFL history have achieved 1,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards in the same season: Christian McCaffrey in 2019, Marshall Faulk in 1999 and Roger Craig in 1985.

Speaking to reporters Wednesday after the Lions' first joint practice with the Colts, Swift said he wants to become the fourth.

“I know that (it's a rare feat)," he said, via the Free Press. "I know with Duce, the way he coaches me and what I can bring to this team, it can be done."

Staley, the Lions running backs coach and a former dual-threat running back himself, has made it his personal mission to help Swift fulfill his potential, to, in his own words, "get that sh*t out of him ... because he can be so special."

During a running backs meeting in the most recent episode of Hard Knocks, Staley told Swift, "Man, listen, this is real: You can be the best in this league. You really can. But you gotta have that dog mentality. You gotta bring that sh*t out of you."

On Wednesday, Swift said Staley is "pushing me to my limits in every which way."

“Learning coverages, learning defenses, just detailing my work on and off the field so that when I see it in a game, I’ve seen it before in practice. One of the best coaches I've been around to play for," said Swift.

He added, "A guy like him that is going to be on me hard like that, push me to my limits, make sure I can get the best out of myself, can't ask for nothing else."

Staley has also challenged Swift to fight through the physical rigors of being an NFL running back after he missed multiple games due to injuries each of his first two seasons. He missed four games last year due to a shoulder sprain when he was on pace for about 800 rushing yards and 600 receiving yards.

If he can play all 17 this season -- his other stated goal -- he just might enter the NFL record books.

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