Today the Indianapolis Colts made a move that we expected given the current state of the injury report for the team. What we didn’t know, is what corresponding moves might be made in order to make room for him on the active 53-man roster.
We have elevated TE Erik Swoope to the 53-man roster from the practice squad and waived CB Lenzy Pipkins: https://t.co/mvuFSBzxW7— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) September 22, 2018
We also signed QB Phillip Walker to the practice squad. pic.twitter.com/imPhS49jvU
Tight end Erik Swoope was elevated to the active roster as the Colts are shorthanded at the position heading into their Week 3 matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles. It came as a bit of surprise recently when the Colts waived the fifth-year pass catcher, but the team was able to get him back on the practice squad.
The former UDFA was signed by the Colts in 2014 as a project and before missing the entire 2017 season, he looked to be finally putting it all together. This offseason the team added Eric Ebron to the mix through free agency which took a bit of the shine off of Swoope’s skill set.
Swoope did have a nice camp, and will be a much-needed addition to the tight end group who is missing its mainstay in Jack Doyle to a hip injury suffered in Week 2 against the Redskins. The position most widely considered to be a strength for the season has taken an odd shape only three weeks in.
Ebron isn’t a blocker and has been used more in the first half of the first two games. Ryan Hewitt is almost strictly being used as a blocking tight end, and Swoope adds his tools which fall somewhere in the middle there. It will be very interesting to see how the group stands up in the running game, and how well they’ll replace Doyle being Andrew Luck’s security blanket in the passing game.
The Colts also waived cornerback Lenzy Pipkins, which could hurt the Colts secondary depth with Quincy Wilson already being designated as OUT in Week 3. Additionally, the team has brought back QB Phillip Walker to the practice squad to fill Swoope’s void there.
I think it’ll be interesting to see if the Colts hang on to Swoope going forward being as they’re likely not going to feel comfortable with only three tight ends on the roster. Despite their confidence in Doyle, carrying only three at the position has seemed to be quite thin.