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Travis Swanson | Center | #64

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (25) / 1/30/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 307
College: Arkansas
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 3 (76) / DET
Contract: view contract details

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The Lions want to bring in competition for C Travis Swanson.
A third-round pick in 2014, Swanson struggled in his first year as a starter, and the Lions are clearly interested in an upgrade. "Like we talked about ... it's about competition," GM Bob Quinn said. "So if we find a center -- we add a center to the roster that is better than Travis -- then that center's going to play. If Travis is the best center, he's going to play." Swanson is recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, but he should be ready for training camp. Mar 24 - 9:04 AM

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Lions C Travis Swanson underwent shoulder surgery last week.

The shoulder injury may have played a part in Swanson's struggles this year. He received PFF's seventh-worst grade out of 40 qualifiers at center. Swanson should be recovered in plenty of time for training camp this summer. In the meantime, the Lions need to unearth an upgrade at the pivot spot.
Jan 15 - 3:09 PM

Lions placed C Travis Swanson (shoulder) on injured reserve.

Swanson started every game before going down, but was a big part of Detroit's line issues. Coach Jim Caldwell said Swanson may require surgery in the offseason. He'll be replaced by Manny Ramirez for Sunday's finale. The Lions promoted DL Kerry Hyder in a corresponding move.
Jan 2 - 4:51 PM

Second-year C Travis Swanson has a firm grip on the Lions' starting center job.

He's comfortably in front of trade acquisition Manuel Ramirez, who will likely settle into a swing backup role. A 2014 third-round pick out of Arkansas, Swanson held his own as a spot starter and is now tasked with replacing stalwart C Dominic Raiola. At OTAs, Swanson has looked up to the task. "Awesome," OC Joe Lombardi said of Swanson's performance. "Awesome. He's been great."
Fri, Jun 12, 2015 10:41:00 PM

Lions offensive line coach Jeremiah Washburn wouldn't commit to Travis Swanson starting at center.

Swanson's path to becoming the starter took a big hit Thursday when the Lions acquired Manny Ramirez in a trade with Denver. Ramirez started at both guard and center last year but prefers playing center. With Dominic Raiola getting most of the work at center, Swanson only played 89 snaps last season.
Sun, May 3, 2015 11:29:00 AM

Lions OC Joe Lombardi expects Travis Swanson to start at center this season.

The future is now at the pivot for the Lions, who have moved on from veteran mainstay Dominic Raiola. Swanson, the No. 76 overall pick a year ago, brings good size (6'5/312) and NCAA experience (50 starts at Arkansas) but lacks athleticism. Still, he can't be much worse than Raiola was last year.
Mon, Apr 13, 2015 07:59:00 AM

Lions signed third-round C Travis Swanson to a four-year contract.

Swanson entered the pre-draft process being viewed by some as the top center prospect. He had a poor Combine where he ran a 5.28 forty, posted a pitiful 7-foot-11 broad jump, and repped 225 pounds just 20 times on the bench press. He has good size, but Swanson might max out as a backup on the interior.
Thu, May 22, 2014 01:43:00 PM

Lions selected Arkansas C Travis Swanson with the No. 76 overall pick in the 2014 draft.

Swanson (6-foot-5, 312) made 50 starts for the Razorbacks, earning first-team All-American and All-SEC accolades as a senior. He struggled at the Combine, running 5.28 with a 7-foot-11 broad jump and managing 20 reps on the bench. Swanson doesn't play with power at this stage of his career, which when combined with limited athleticism makes him a long shot to develop into a plus NFL starter. He does offer size and arm length (33 1/8") to get some looks at guard. Incumbent C Dominic Raiola is on a one-year deal, but we're skeptical Swanson can be counted on as his long-term successor.
Fri, May 9, 2014 10:12:00 PM

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