After the Dallas Cowboys selected Laurence Gibson in the seventh round, everyone thought the Cowboys were done in the draft; however, they made a surprising move back into the seventh round where they selected Texas tight end Geoff Swaim.
Swaim is a two-year player at Texas who transferred from Butte College in California. He played in 26 career games with 22 career starts where he recorded 13 career catches for 84 yards and a touchdown.
Many of you may be wondering why team that doesn’t appear to have a need at tight end would draft a player with such abysmal production in two years of playing time. The reason Swain was drafted was because of his athleticism and inherent upside as a tight end.
Swaim was the ninth most athletic tight end in this draft class, per 3SigmaAthlete.com’s Zach Whitman. That athletic upside points to Swaim having upside as a receiver for the Cowboys.
While he may have more upside as a receiver, Swaim was primarily used as an in-line blocker for Texas’ heavy-run scheme.
In fact, the NFL Network’s Charles Davis stated that Swaim thrived as a blocker (h/t The Dallas Morning News’ Jon Machota):
When he was targeted in the passing game, Swaim showed natural hands and the ability to go up and make tough catches in traffic.
The hardest part of Swaim’s progression will be learning how to run routes and how to naturally separate from defenders when he is running his routes. This is the aspect of playing tight end that Jason Witten has mastered. He isn’t very athletic, but he knows how to pace his routes, use head and body fakes to create separation from defenders who are much more athletic than he is.
Swaim’s only chance to make the roster is to become the fourth blocking tight end if the Cowboys don’t keep a fullback on the roster. If not, Swaim will likely be delegated to the practice squad where he could develop his route running and hopefully develop into a more well-rounded tight end entering next year.
The Jacksonville Jaguars signed former Dallas Cowboys tight end Geoff Swaim Friday, addressing another big need they came into the offseason with. The terms of the veteran’s deal have yet to be revealed, but the team made the announcement official via social media.
Swaim, 27, was a seventh round pick (No. 246 overall) out of the University of Texas for the Cowboys in 2015 and spent four seasons there. He started in 18-of-37 games for Dallas during his tenure with Dak Prescott and company and managed to accumulate 35 catches for 336 receiving yards and a touchdown before hitting the open market.
As mentioned above, the Jags needed to add some players at the tight end position being that it’s arguably their biggest need with Nick Foles addressing their top need at QB. Prior to signing Swaim, the Jags had only two tight ends on the roster in Ben Koyack and Pharoah McKever as the organization let Austin Seferian-Jenkins and James O’Shaugnessy hit the open market.
Upon signing with the Jags, Swain told Jaguars.com that he was ready to get to work alongside Foles in hopes to turn the Jags’ offense around.
“I’m very excited,” Swaim said. “Just evaluating options in free agency … being able to play with Nick and seeing the kind of style he plays … that was big for me to make my decision.”
The Jacksonville Jaguars will be signing former Dallas Cowboys tight end Geoff Swaim, according to Mark Long of the Associated Press. The Jaguars now have three tight ends on the roster and will be expected to add more either through free agency or the 2019 NFL Draft.
Swaim was originally a seventh round pick out of Texas by the Cowboys in the 2015 NFL Draft and was viewed mostly as a special teams player and a blocking tight end. Swaim forced his way on to the active roster in 2015 as a rookie, though didn’t play much.
Swaim worked his way up the Cowboys depth chart and eventually was the starting tight end once Jason Witten retired prior to the 2018 season. He started nine games before hitting injured reserve with a wrist injury. He ended the season with 26 receptions, 242 yards and a touchdown, though was mostly used as a blocker.
FRISCO, Texas — The Dallas Cowboys will be without starting tight end Geoff Swaim for the foreseeable future because of a wrist injury that will require surgery.
Coach Jason Garrett would not rule out the possibility of Swaim returning before the regular season ends on Dec. 30. Swaim suffered the injury late in the Cowboys’ 22-19 win against the Atlanta Falcons. Tests on Monday showed a break and other damage, according to Garrett, requiring the surgery.
Swaim has 26 catches for 242 yards and a touchdown in nine games, surpassing his career totals in his first three seasons. He missed one game with a sprained knee but has seven catches for 37 yards in the last two games.
Swaim became the Cowboys’ starting tight end after the retirements of Jason Witten, the franchise leader in receptions and yards, and James Hanna in the offseason. He entered the season with nine catches for 94 yards.
When Swaim missed the Nov. 5 game against the Tennessee Titans, the Cowboys went with rookie Dalton Schultz as their lead tight end because of his blocking ability. The Cowboys also have Rico Gathers and Blake Jarwin on the roster.
Schultz, Gathers and Jarwin have combined for nine receptions for 121 yards on the season.
The Cowboys have had two players return from in-season surgeries this season in defensive end Randy Gregory and left guard Connor Williams, who both missed one game because of knee surgery.
Dallas Cowboys tight end Geoff Swaim is a low-upside option for Week 7 against Washington. He’s been the most productive and only fantasy-relevant tight end in Dallas so far this season, catching a total of 16 passes for 180 yards and a touchdown in six games. He seemed to be developing somewhat of a Jason Witten-like floor in Weeks 4 and 5, but then turned in a two catch dud in Week 7 despite an unexpected strong performance from the Dallas offense. Swaim should not be started in standard leagues, but given the wasteland that is the tight end position this season, he’s a last ditch option in two-tight end leagues