Geoff Swaim flew under the radar in his two seasons at Texas, being used mostly as a blocking tight end.
But Swaim showed enough on tape that the Dallas Cowboys felt the need to trade back into May’s draft to take him in the seventh round. So far, that appears to be paying off, with Swaim projected to make the team as the fourth tight end.
The Star-Telegram caught up with Swaim during training camp.
1 On getting drafted: “When it got toward the end of the draft, I started thinking about free agency and things like that. So when they called me, I wasn’t even watching the draft, so I didn’t even know they had done it. I didn’t know how they did it, either, until a couple days later when they traded a future pick for me. So it’s just motivating to me to prove them right.”
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2 On proving to the Cowboys they should keep four tight ends: “I don’t really keep up with how they do roster spots because it’s a way of rationalizing where you’re at and I don’t really want to do that. But I do think the way for me to make this team, first and foremost, is doing everything you’re asked and playing special teams. I recognize the importance of special teams, so that’s going to be my ticket.”
3 On playing with Jason Witten and the other tight ends: “Getting to learn from a guy like Witten, and pick his brain, is a real blessing. He’s like another coach out there and that has really helped my game all around. And learning from guys like James [Hanna] and Gavin [Escobar] is also incredible. We’ve got a great group.”
4 On growing up without a TV in the house: “I had quite a bit of siblings — an older sister, an older and younger brother, and a half brother and half sister — who kept me entertained. And I also worked a lot growing up, worked just about every construction job you can do. But I also spent a lot of time playing sports.”
5 On his construction jobs: “In seventh, eighth grade I started working with my dad, who is a painting contractor. I’ve done roofing, concrete, dry wall … everything. I told my dad, ‘The plan is not to do this anymore.’”
Showing off his arm
A day later, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said his arm was doing OK. He happily filled in for backup Brandon Weeden during one-on-one drills Tuesday, and posted a pretty high completion percentage.
“Oh, I love it,” Garrett said. “I love playing football. [Tony] Romo was on me because I wasn’t really taking a full drop. I said, ‘Not only do I have arm limitations, I have foot limitations too, so I got to give myself some advantage.’”
As far as his impressive completion percentage, Garrett smiled and said: “As [former offensive coordinator] Ernie Zampese used to say, ‘Got to be able to throw it straight.’”
Something to drink?
DraftKings, Inc. announced a partnership with the Cowboys. As part of the agreement, AT&T Stadium will feature a DraftKings-branded fantasy sports lounge and be part of the team’s digital, television and radio networks.
The DraftKings Fantasy Sports Lounge will be located at the field level in AT&T Stadium and is the gateway to the field for opposing teams’ players as they leave the locker room.
Quote of the day
“It tortures you as a coach. You know how much he loves to play, not likes it, he loves it. That just wounds you. It wounds your spirit as a coach, but now you owe it to your team to … ‘Let’s go. We’ve got to get up and ready to go. We’ve got a long season ahead of us.’”
— defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli on losing Orlando Scandrick for the season
▪ LB Rolando McClain (right knee): PUP
▪ OT Chaz Green (hip): PUP
▪ CB Orlando Scandrick (right knee): Out for season
▪ G Zack Martin (stinger): Day-to-day
▪ RB Michael Hill (concussion): Day-to-day
▪ S Jeff Heath (concussion): Day-to-day
▪ WR Devin Street (ankle): Day-to-day
▪ QB Brandon Weeden (concussion): Day-to-day
▪ LB Mark Nzeocha (knee): Non-football injury
▪ DE Kenneth Boatright (neck): Returned to Dallas for further evaluation; out indefinitely
▪ TE James Hanna (left knee): Day-to-day
▪ LB Anthony Hitchens (foot): Day-to-day