Detroit Lions: Kerryon Johnson to battle with D’Andre Swift for starting job

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The Detroit Lions have a running back battle looming with Kerryon Johnson and D’Andre Swift.

In the recent 2020 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions selected D’Andre Swift in the second round of the draft, which almost immediately had fans questioning what will happen to Kerryon Johnson. The Lions could not pass up on the upside of Swift and what he could bring to this offense.

A bit of healthy competition between Johnson and Swift will be good for the Lions offense come training camp and preseason, providing things do stay on schedule. At first, things seemed a little tense between the two after Johnson took to social media.

Johnson has had is own issue establishing himself as a dominant running back due to two injury-shortened seasons, leaving him only playing 18 games over two seasons. It is not the start of an NFL career that Johnson wanted, and now he will be dealing with Swift.

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Last season, Johnson played in eight games racking up 403 rushing yards on 113 rushes with three touchdowns on the season. He also had ten receptions for 127 receiving yards with one receiving touchdown on the season though injuries cut his season in half.

After two seasons of injury issues, he will have his work cut out for himself while battling with Swift, who looks to become a reliable back for the Lions in the 2020 season.

The Lions offense looks to get a boost with Swift coming into the offense, and it will bring some competition. But as mentioned above, a little competition is not bad at all and should be a good thing for the Lions this upcoming training camp.

Even with there being a competition between Johnson and Swift, it seems that Johnson wants his teammate to succeed, and there is no bad blood as it may have initially seemed. Johnson took to social media, commenting on the matter, saying that he would never root against Swift.

It is relieving, but also, the hope would be that no one will root against their teammates. Johnson and Swift are going to be going toe to toe this July-August when camp opens up to prove that they both deserve snaps.

Having two running backs to work through the system will only be beneficial for the Lions offense as they move towards the regular season in the coming months. Keep in mind that they also have Bo Scarbrough in the mix, though he is not a workhorse back like Swift or Johnson could be.

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It will be interesting to see how the competition plays out on the field during Detroit Lions training camp and to see how Kerryon Johnson and D’Andre Swift compete.