Erik Swoope

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Erik Swoope
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Swoope with the Indianapolis Colts in 2016
Free agent
Position:Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1992-05-08) May 8, 1992 (age 26)
Lake Elsinore, California
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:257 lb (117 kg)
Career information
High school:Harvard-Westlake School
(Los Angeles, California)
College:Miami (FL)
Undrafted:2014
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Receptions:23
Receiving yards:384
Receiving average:16.7
Receiving touchdowns:4
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Erik Swoope (born May 8, 1992) is an American football tight end who is currently a free agent. He played college basketball at Miami, and despite never having played organized football, was signed by the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent after the 2014 NFL Draft.

High school career[edit]

Swoope attended Harvard-Westlake High School and played on the basketball team.[1] As a senior, he averaged 21.8 points, 8.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 1.5 blocks per game, as well as 2.8 steals as well as 71% free throw percentage. He recorded 16 games of 20-or-more points, including eight with 30-or-more points. He scored 10-or-more points in all but two games that season. He also recorded 12 double-doubles, including one 30-point, 21-rebound game. He recorded a season high 40 points on 14-17 shooting, including shooting 12-of-13 free throws.

He was also named the Mission League Most Valuable Player (MVP). The Los Angeles Daily News called him the "most dominant boys' basketball player" in the San Fernando Valley. He was rated the 41st overall power forward by ESPN.[2]

College career[edit]

Swoope playing basketball at the University of Miami in 2013

Swoope attended the University of Miami, where he majored in economics.[3]

As a freshman during the 2010–11 season, he appeared in 29 games (nine starts) as a true freshman. He averaged 1.4 points and one rebound in 6.5 minutes per game. He was named to the 2011 ACC All-Academic Basketball team. As a sophomore in the 2011–12 season, he appeared in 23 games (eight starts). He averaged 2.3 points and 1.7 rebounds in 11.7 minutes per game, while shooting 50% (23-of-46) from the field and 47.1% free throw percentage.

As a junior during the 2012–13 season, he appeared in 27 games. He averaged 1.6 points and 1.2 rebounds per game, while shooting 18-of-28 (64.3%) from the field. As a senior in the 2013–14 season, he appeared in 31 games (10 starts). He averaged five points, 2.7 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.4 blocks and 18.4 minutes per game.[4]

For his career, he appeared in 110 games (27 starts). He averaged 2.6 points, 1.7 rebounds, 0.3 steals, 0.3 assists, 0.3 blocks in 10.8 minutes per game.

College statistics[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2010–11 Miami 29 9 6.5 .440 .000 .600 1.0 .1 .4 .06 1.4
2011–12 Miami 23 8 11.7 .500 .000 .471 1.7 .3 .4 .4 2.3
2012–13 Miami 27 0 6.0 .643 1.000 .316 1.2 .1 .1 .07 1.6
2013–14 Miami 31 10 18.4 .514 .143 .672 2.7 .5 0.3 .3 5.0
Career 110 27 10.8 .519 .200 .577 1.7 .3 .3 .2 2.6

Professional career[edit]

Indianapolis Colts[edit]

After going undrafted in the 2014 NFL Draft, Swoope signed with the Indianapolis Colts on May 11, 2014.[5][6] and was waived on August 30.[6] The Colts then signed Swoope to their practice squad on September 1, and on January 19, 2015, he signed a reserve/future contract to remain with the Colts.[6] Swoope was waived by the Colts on September 5, and signed to the practice squad the next day.[7][6] On December 30, 2015, Swoope was elevated to the active roster for the first time, after Dwayne Allen was placed on injured reserve.[8][6]

Swoope started his first career game against the Denver Broncos during Week 2 of the 2016 season.[9] Swoope caught his first career touchdown in a 34–6 win over the Minnesota Vikings in Week 15.[10]

On September 4, 2017, Swoope was placed on injured reserve after undergoing minor knee surgery in August 2017.[11][12]

On September 13, 2018, Swoope was waived by the Colts and was signed to the practice squad the next day.[13][14] He was promoted back to the active roster on September 22, 2018.[15] He was waived again on September 28, 2018 and re-signed to the practice squad.[16][17] He was promoted back to the active roster on October 3, 2018.[18] One day later, he scored his first touchdown since the 2016 season against the New England Patriots in a 38–24 loss on Thursday Night Football.[19] On December 11, 2018, Swoope was waived by the Colts.[20]

New Orleans Saints[edit]

On December 12, 2018, Swoope was claimed off waivers by the New Orleans Saints, only to be waived the next day after failing his physical.[21][22]

Indianapolis Colts (second stint)[edit]

On December 26, 2018, Swoope was signed to the Indianapolis Colts practice squad.[23]

Career statistics[edit]

Season Team Games Receiving Rushing Fumbles
GP GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD FUM Lost
2015 IND 1 0
2016 IND 16 4 15 297 19.8 45 1
2018 IND 7 2 8 87 10.9 26 3
Career 24 6 23 384 16.7 45 4

Personal life[edit]

Swoope is the son of Denise and Gerald Swoope. He has a brother named Devin Swoope.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sondheimer, Eric. "Football: Former Harvard-Westlake basketball player Erik Swoope trying for NFL career". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 1, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Erik Swoope Profile - University of Miami Hurricanes Official Athletic Website". Hurricanesports.com. Retrieved December 7, 2016.
  3. ^ Wells, Mike. "Erik Swoope on learning football fundamentals: 'It was like teaching a child'". ESPN.com. Retrieved November 1, 2018.
  4. ^ "Rave Report" (PDF). Hurricanesports.com. Retrieved December 7, 2016.
  5. ^ Wells, Mike (May 12, 2014). "Colts sign Erik Swoope to play TE". espn.go.com. Retrieved March 11, 2015.
  6. ^ a b c d e "Erik Swoope Transactions". FoxSports.com. Retrieved December 7, 2016.
  7. ^ "INDIANAPOLIS COLTS ESTABLISH PRACTICE SQUAD". Indianapolis Colts. Retrieved November 1, 2018.
  8. ^ "INDIANAPOLIS COLTS MAKE ROSTER MOVES". Indianapolis Colts. Retrieved November 1, 2018.
  9. ^ "Erik Swoope: Game Logs (2016)". NFL.com. Retrieved December 7, 2016.
  10. ^ Walker, Andrew (December 19, 2016). "Erik Swoope Continues Development With First-Career Touchdown". colts.com. Retrieved December 19, 2016.
  11. ^ Walker, Andrew (August 14, 2017). "Erik Swoope Undergoes Minor Knee Scope; Is 'Week-To-Week'". Colts.com. Retrieved September 4, 2017.
  12. ^ "Indianapolis Colts Make Roster Moves". Blogs.Colts.com. September 4, 2017.
  13. ^ "Colts Elevate DE Jihad Ward To Active Roster; Waive TE Erik Swoope". Colts.com. September 13, 2018.
  14. ^ "Colts Bring Back TE Erik Swoope To Practice Squad". Colts.com. September 14, 2018.
  15. ^ "Roster Moves: Colts Bring Back TE Erik Swoope To Active Roster". Colts.com. September 22, 2018.
  16. ^ "Roster Moves: Colts Sign Three To Active Roster From Practice Squad; Place T/G Joe Haeg On IR". Colts.com. September 28, 2018.
  17. ^ "Roster Moves: Colts Sign LB Skai Moore, TE Erik Swoope Back To Practice Squad". Colts.com. October 1, 2018.
  18. ^ "Roster Moves: Colts Bring TE Erik Swoope Back To Active Roster". Colts.com. October 3, 2018.
  19. ^ Wilner, Barry (October 5, 2018). "Patriots defeat Colts 38-24; Brady reaches 500 TD passes". WISH. Retrieved November 1, 2018.
  20. ^ "Roster Move: Colts Waive TE Erik Swoope". Colts.com. December 11, 2018.
  21. ^ "Saints add tight end Erik Swoope, release Brandon Marshall". NOLA.com. December 12, 2018.
  22. ^ "Saints cutting tight end Erik Swoope a day after claiming him: report". NOLA.com. December 13, 2018.
  23. ^ "Roster Moves: Colts Bring Back TE Erik Swoope To Practice Squad". Colts.com. December 26, 2018.

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