The Colts don’t have a perfect roster heading into the 2018 season as general manager Chris Ballard continues his rebuild in Indianapolis. However, this team is very deep at the tight end position and the depth chart will hopefully include a healthy Erik Swoope. Swoope underwent a knee surgery before the 2017 season that was then described as a fairly routine scope. Unfortunately, Swoope’s knee never returned to 100 percent health and he was forced to sit out the entire year as he watched the Colts falter to a 4-12 season.
Swoope has had an entire offseason to rehab and he’s been given a clean bill of health as the Colts kick off training camp. Indianapolis’ top two spots on the tight end depth chart will certainly go to Jack Doyle and new free agent acquisition Eric Ebron, but that third tight end spot is up for grabs.
Swoope will be primarily competing with Ross Travis for a roster spot, but Mo Alie-Cox could be a wild card in that position battle.
Swoope had just started to fulfill his extreme potential in the 2016 season before an injury took his career on a detour. The former University of Miami basketball player caught 15 passes for 297 yards and a touchdown in 2016 after failing to catch a single pass in his first two NFL seasons.
Swoope is playing on a one-year deal this year, and the Colts’ front office is hoping he can come back healthy and build off that growth he showed in 2016. As long as Swoope hasn’t lost a step due to his knee issues, I think his athletic upside could encourage Chris Ballard to give him a contract extension as an exclusive rights free agent next offseason.