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Erik Swoope TE - UNS

Experience: 5 YRS  
Height: 6'5"  
Weight: 247 
Bye: 0

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The Raiders have signed former Colts TE Erik Swoope. A converted basketball player, Swoope has caught just 23 balls over 5 NFL seasons -- but he's averaged 16.7 yards per catch and scored 4 times. There's theoretical upside here, but time is running out for Swoope to reach it. He at least lands in a wide-open TE group alongside Darren Waller, rookie Foster Moreau and Luke Willson. This will be a position battle to monitor this summer.

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The Colts have placed TE Erik Swoope on injured reserve. He had a knee scope in August and has been sidelined since. The Colts could tab Swoope their "designated-to-return" player and bring him back for the 2nd half of the season, but he's obviously not worth rostering in redraft leagues right now.

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Colts HC Chuck Pagano revealed Monday that TE Erik Swoope recently had his knee scoped. Pagano labeled Swoope "week-to-week" but didn't provide any other details. There's at least a chance he's not ready for the start of the season. Swoope was an intriguing late-round flier in deep fantasy drafts before this news, but it's tough to recommend using a pick on him at this point. We'll keep an eye on his rehab.

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Colts insider Stephen Holder came away from a conference call with new GM Chris Ballard believing the team is "VERY bullish" on TE Erik Swoope. "Wants to see his ceiling," Holder added. A converted basketball player, Swoope didn't hit the stat sheet in either of his first 2 NFL seasons. But he hauled in 15 balls for 297 yards (19.8 YPC) and a score this past year. TE Jack Doyle turned in an efficient 2016 as Indy's lead TE and landed a 3-year, $19 million contract this offseason. But he's not the type of elite talent that is impossible to leap on the depth chart. Swoope will be a name to closely monitor this summer.

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