But the power of highlights and the internet made it possible for Swift to study Sanders. When Swift was born on Jan. 14, 1999, Sanders had played his final game a little less than three weeks earlier, a 19-10 loss to Baltimore where he gained 41 yards on 19 carries to finish up a 1,491-yard season. It’s also the acknowledgment that time has passed and it’s been over 20 years since Sanders last played for the Lions.

• The day Plummer threw for 499 yards Falcons. “Can you bring that same kind of success to the NFL is always the question,” Sanders said.

Don't second-guess yourself. Along with that great speed Swift regularly lowered the boom on inside runs. D’Andre Swift exploded for 116 yards on just 14 carries, also scoring a pair of touchdowns. Despite Swift’s stellar 81% catch rate, all we can seem to remember is that brutal game-winning drop in a Week One matchup with Chicago. "It's one of those things we're talking about, coming out with some confidence," running backs coach Kyle Caskey said. • When will Raiders' O-Line be together?

“I don’t know what their thinking is as far as that, but just as far as the talent, he’s right up there with the kid from Wisconsin, Jonathan Taylor. With no one in the second level of the defense to fill the lane, it was off to the races. But he was able to take things from Sanders’ game and incorporate them into his own. .

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