Until Erik Swoope finds meaningful playing time with the Colts this fall, Fantasy managers shouldn't bother adding him to rosters.
Swoope signed a one-year deal with the Raiders on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Swoope appeared in seven games for the Colts last season, logging eight catches for 87 yards and three touchdowns on 10 targets. The 27-year-old was let go by the team Dec. 11 and was claimed off waivers by the Saints a day later, but he was waived again shortly after failing a physical. Swoope could offer the Raiders a red-zone threat -- it's a small sample size, but he caught three touchdowns off six red-zone targets in 2018 -- but he will face competition from former Seahawk Luke Willson and fourth-round pick Foster Moreau, among others.
Swoope's contract with the Colts' practice squad expired Monday, per the league's official transaction log. The fact Indianapolis didn't extend Swoope a reserve/future contract offer suggests Swoope won't be spending the 2019 offseason with the Colts.
The Colts re-signed Swoope to their practice squad Wednesday. For the third time this season, Swoope will return to the organization after having previously been released. Following his most recent release, it initially looked as though Swoope would find a home in New Orleans, but the Saints sent him back to the waiver wire after he failed a physical. The Colts are apparently more comfortable with Swoope's health and could promote him to the active roster ahead of their Week 17 matchup with the Titans if there's any concern about top tight end Eric Ebron's (concussion) availability for that contest.
Swoope (knee) was a limited participant in Friday's practice and doesn't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Texans. Swoope never practiced in full capacity this week and didn't log any reps at all Thursday, but the Colts saw enough to give him the green light. After a three-game absence due to injury, Swoope returned to action last weekend in Jacksonville and worked as the top backup to starting tight end Eric Ebron, finishing with a four-yard reception across 14 offensive snaps.
Swoope (knee) did not practice Thursday. Swoope was able to practice on a limited basis Wednesday, so his lack of availability Thursday is discouraging. If Swoope is able to suit up against the Texans on Sunday, he'll once again serve as the No. 2 tight end behind Eric Ebron (back/illness) and could see notable targets in the passing game.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/15||Kansas City Chiefs||31||9.56|
|7||10/20||@Green Bay Packers||8||5.50|
|10||11/08||Los Angeles Chargers||10||5.67|
|12||11/24||@New York Jets||6||4.88|
|13||12/01||@Kansas City Chiefs||31||9.56|
|16||12/22||@Los Angeles Chargers||10||5.67|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||11||8||128||1||6||16.00||18|