Swaim was used as the starting tight end during offseason practices, Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News reports.
With 28 career appearances and nine catches to his name, Swaim is somehow the most experienced tight end in Dallas, competing with Blake Jarwin, Rico Gathers and Dalton Schultz to replace the retired Jason Witten. The 2015 seventh-round pick doesn't offer much upside as a pass catcher, but he could get some red-zone targets if he manages to lock down the top spot on the depth chart. The Cowboys may end up using a rotation, in which case Swaim likely would handle a blocking role while Jarwin, Gathers or Schultz got most of the playing time on passing downs. Swaim seems to have made a full recovery from the minor knee surgery he had in January.
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.
|P4||8/30/18||@ HOU||8:00 pm|
|1||9/9/18||@ CAR||4:25 pm|
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