The Facts: HC Matt Patricia didn't have to think twice when Georgia's D'Andre Swift, arguably the best running back in this year's class, was available in NFL draft's second round. He was all in. And Swift's addition has sparked quite the controversy. The most common debate surrounds the likelihood of him surpassing Kerryon Johnson as the team's starting running back. Patricia appeared on NBCSN's "Rich Eisen Show" on Wednesday, where he discussed the competition with Swift in the mix. “There’s competition at every spot, that’s how it’s determined when we get to training camp,” Patricia said. “I’m pretty sure I’m good with the quarterback spot, but beyond that, we’re going to go out and compete.”
Diehards Line: Patricia isn't worried about which running back will be listed as the starter, hinting that both should receive consistent playing time. He mentioned Swift, Johnson, Bo Scarbrough, Wes Hills, Ty Johnson and fifth-round pick Jason Huntley as potential impact players at the position. “For me, we’re going to try to play whoever is going to help us in that particular play, that particular game, whatever it might be,” he said. “If you’re out there for the very first play, or you get out there on the second play, I don’t really understand what the difference is in a starter in that case. ..." Through 18 games in two seasons, Johnson has just over 1,000 rushing yards and six touchdowns, along with 340 receiving yards and 2 TDs. He dealt with knee injuries both years. Swift ran for more than 2,800 yards and 20 touchdowns in his three-year college career, adding 600-plus receiving yards with five TDs. ... We'll be watching this one closely as the season draws nearer.