It’s not exactly how Geoff Swaim wanted his first extended playing time to come, but now that it’s here, the former University of Texas tight end promises to take advantage.
Swaim will get a look as the Cowboys’ third tight end, getting moved up on the depth chart with the season-ending injury to Gavin Escobar. Escobar underwent surgery on his right Achilles’ tendon Tuesday.
“Everyone wants an opportunity,” Swaim said. “I’m not sure you want to get it this way. You never want to see any of your teammates get hurt ever. But it is an opportunity no matter how it comes. My job is to take advantage of it and to just kind of do whatever I’m needed to do in whatever role that is. So it’s not necessarily as important what it is as long as I do it well.”
The Cowboys drafted Swaim in the seventh round for his blocking ability. He made only 13 catches for 84 yards and a touchdown in two seasons with the Longhorns.
But Swaim has played only 16 offensive snaps in two games this season, including 12 in Week 2 against the Eagles. He hasn’t played since Week 5 against New England.
“You’re always going to have nerves, especially not having played for a while,” Swaim said. “Those go away with practice and reps but definitely getting those reps early on in the year, that helped me quite a bit, so we’ll be ready to roll.”