That's not saying much -- he's played only 28 games over three seasons in Dallas -- but Swaim is also the only tight end on the depth chart to have caught a pass in a regular-season game, giving him an edge on the current competition as the Cowboys move on from Witten. The 24-year-old is still recuperating from minor knee surgery, but he should be 100 percent by training camp, if not sooner.
Swaim will likely have competition for the starting tight end spot in Dallas, Drew Davison of The Star-Telegram reports.
The Cowboys added to their already clustered tight end group Saturday by selecting Stanford's Dalton Schultz in the fourth round of the NFL Draft. With Jason Witten no longer in the mix, Swaim will likely compete with the rookie for the starting tight end spot. Swaim hauled in just two catches for 25 yards last season.
This procedure is likely linked to the knee injury Swaim sustained in November. Entering the last year of his rookie contract, Swaim is expected to be healthy in time for offseason workouts this spring.
Swaim suited up for 15 games in 2017, catching both his targets for 25 yards.
The third-year tight end was able to stay healthy, but snaps were hard to come by behind Jason Witten and James Hanna, relegating Swaim mostly to a special-teams role. Swaim has yet to show he can be anything more than a depth option in the NFL, and with Rico Gathers (concussion) looking for playing time in 2018, Swaim's path to a regular role will become that much steeper.
Swaim didn't play last week against the Falcons after injuring his knee in practice. However, he returned to the fold this week and participated in every practice Wednesday through Friday. His availability for Sunday made rookie Blake Jarwin a healthy scratch.