Detroit Lions running back Kerryon Johnson was excited when he heard the franchise took Georgia's D'Andre Swift in the second round of April's NFL draft. He saw a new running mate, someone to lessen the load off of his own carries and a player who can help keep him fresh.
"He's a phenomenal player," Johnson said Wednesday. "I remember playing against him in college. I hated seeing him every time we played against Nick Chubb and Sony [Michel] and I'm telling you, when that kid stepped on the field, he was lightning in a bottle.
"He was threatening to go 80 yards, 70, 60 every time he touches it. So I'm excited. I can learn from him. He can learn from me. We can all learn from each other and we can all get better."
The Lions envision using a combination of Johnson, Swift and Bo Scarbrough in the backfield this fall. After taking Swift, Lions general manager Bob Quinn said there will be roles for multiple running backs because it's a high-impact position where injuries occur.