Tight end Geoff Swaim was drafted for his blocking, but he drew a swarm of reporters Sunday for his pass catching. Swaim, who had only 13 receptions in two seasons at the University of Texas, caught four passes for 57 yards against the 49ers.
“Everyone wants the ball,” Swaim said. “Everyone can say, ‘I don’t care.’ Everyone wants the ball. That’s just how the game is. You’re an athlete; you’re a competitor. You want the ball. So it is great to catch the ball a little bit. But that’s a credit to our quarterbacks, and a credit to Jason [Witten], because he’s like a coach on the field playing tight end. That’s a credit to him and Gavin [Escobar] and James [Hanna] as well, because they’ve helped me so much. That’s really what it comes down to is your teammates who have helped you.”
The Cowboys used a seventh-round pick on a tight end who caught only 10 passes last season. Swaim’s blocking was the reason he was drafted, and the reason the Cowboys expect to keep four tight ends on their 53-player roster.
His blocking has lived up to expectations. His pass catching has been better than expected.
“I have things I need to work on,” Swaim said. “I’m thinking right now how many things I’m going to cringe at when I watch film. I’m going to go, ‘Aw, man, why did I do that?’ There’s always things to improve on and that’s what you want.. You want to look at the good things, because you can learn a lot from that. But you also want to look at the things you need to improve on to get better.”