The Philadelphia Eagles got off to a bad start this season after blowing a 10-point halftime lead and losing to Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs in the Super Bowl.
They lost Pro Bowl running back Myles Sanders and standout defensive tackle Javon Hargrave to the Carolina Panthers and San Francisco 49ers, respectively, and as a result, they saw little.
But the Eagles did very well during the 2023 NFL Draft, and one reason was a trade with the Detroit Lions that landed them running back De’Andre Swift.
Swift has decided to wear jersey number 0 for his new team in the coming season.
D’Andre Swift will wear 0 for the Eagles.
(: @ Eagles, pic.twitter.com/idouM4b7sJ
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) May 5, 2023
Swift is projected to be the starter in Week 1 ahead of Rashad Penny, who the team signed back in March.
The Eagles ranked fifth in rushing yards and first in rushing touchdowns in 2022 thanks to the dual-threat talents of Sanders and quarterback Jalen Hurts, and it will be partially up to Swift to keep those numbers high.
Swift was a second-round draft choice by the Detroit Lions in the 2020 draft, and over three pro seasons, he totaled 1,680 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns, while also showing some dual-threat skills of his own with 1,198 receiving yards and seven . getting a touchdown.
Last year, he was pretty efficient on the ground, averaging 5.5 yards per carry.
Because the Eagles have depth in their running back room, not to mention Hurts, Swift won’t have to be as good as Sanders was last season when he posted 1,269 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground, but They’re still expecting a bigger year than that.
Jason Kelce participated in a special Philly tradition on Friday night