HBO's Hard Knocks proves the Bears had a great free agent signing

Chicago Bears Rookie Minicamp
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For all the excitement surrounding the Chicago Bears' appearance on the training camp edition of HBO's Hard Knocks series, fans are aware that the current iteration has grown stale with a watered-down approach.

In recent years, HBO has rolled out an in-season edition of Hard Knocks to inject life into the series, with last season's look at the Miami Dolphins being the most recent example. This off-season, HBO introduced an off-season version of the show, with the New York Giants being the first team to appear on the newest iteration.

The first episode aired on Tuesday night and among the highlights were the Giants' front office discussing the possibility of signing D'Andre Swift.

The Giants were in search of a running to replace Saquon Barkley, and among the first available running backs they considered was Swift. Swift, of course, signed a three-year deal with the Bears at the start of the new league year.

What was fascinating about the look into the Giants' research of available free agents was how they discussed Swift's role moving forward. While highlighting his physical talent and ability to make plays with his explosiveness and in the passing game, they mentioned Swift would best be served as a package play featured in a running back by committee structure.

HBO's Hard Knocks may have tipped how the Bears will use D'Andre Swift.

The Bears signing of Swift this off-season has drawn some questions, considering across the league, some view the veteran running back's success last season as the direct result of playing behind the Philadelphia Eagles' starting offensive line. Having said that, Swift's ability to make plays out of the backfield as a receiver is far better than that of Khalil Herbert or Roschon Johnson. With Herbert still a part of the Bears' roster, it seems that the Bears also view Swift as being the lead package player in the running back by-committee structure.