The Indianapolis Colts have placed tight end Erik Swoope on Injured Reserve, and signed free agent tight end Brandon Williams to replace him.
Swoope underwent a minor knee clean-up procedure during the preseason and was expected to be out for several weeks. This means he is a pretty good candidate to return from IR later in the season.
Signed as an undrafted free agent back in 2014, Swoope’s story is well-known by now. His development from being a basketball player has gone quite well, as he has great hands, is a vertical threat and is a respectable blocker when called on.
Swoope was slated to be the Colts’ fellow starting tight end with Jack Doyle, so that will need to be put on hold for now. The position is in capable hands, however, as Williams is entering his fifth season.
Williams was actually with the Colts all spring and summer, signed back in March. He was among the Colts’ roster cut-down over the weekend, so it’s great that they were able to bring him back.
Williams stood out for the Colts in training camp and the preseason. Although he only had 6 receptions to his name in his previous four years, he has looked more than capable as a receiver for the Colts this summer.
This preseason, Williams started two of the four games in Swoope’s absence, and split time as the Colts’ TE2 with Darrell Daniels behind Doyle.
Doyle, Williams and Daniels are the Colts’ only three tight ends on the roster now with Swoope hitting IR.