TE Geoff Swaim returns to Jaguars practice
By David Levin
The Jacksonville Jaguars got one of their starting tight ends back on the practice field on Monday.
The biggest news of the day during Jaguars practice on Monday was the return of tight end Geoff Swaim from injury. The free-agent signee has had a good offseason here in Jacksonville after coming over from Dallas in free agency.
Swaim figures to be team’s starter at the position and potentially one of two tight ends who will lineup on offense as new coordinator John DeFilippo likes to use multiple sets to aid the running game. There is a question of depth at the position as well, with rookie Josh Oliver still on the mend from a hamstring injury.
The Jaguars also have James O’Shaughnessy, who led the team in catches from the position last season and Ben Koyack on the roster as well.
Per Jaguars.com, this was the first time Swaim has practiced since he sprained his foot in Jacksonville’s first preseason game of the season against the Baltimore Ravens.
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"“It’s been a little bit, so it was nice to run around,” said Swaim. “It’s not ideal, obviously. No one likes the idea of not being around the guys. The trainers are doing great job of making sure I progress the right way and slowing me down rather than being stupid in the rehab process. It’s an important time of year, so any time you’re not on the field is definitely missed time. We’ve had a great plan and we’re right on track where we want to be.”"
The tight end position has been lacking in the past few seasons as part of this offense. Only one player caught a touchdown last season – Austin Seferian-Jenkins – who played in only five games last year before being hurt and lost for the season.
In 2017, Marcedes Lewis scored five touchdowns, but three of them were caught in the London game against the Ravens.
IN OTHER NEWS: There is still a competition at the right guard spot as both A.J Cann and Will Richardson are battling for that role. Cann was re-signed in the offseason to bolster the offensive line. Richardson did not play in a regular-season game last year but came to camp dedicated to proving he could win a starring role.
Last season, Richardson was drafted in the fourth round out of North Carolina State as a tackle and was supposed to compete at the right tackle spot.
"Per John Oehser of Jaguars.com, “Jaguars Head Coach Doug Marrone said Sunday the Week 1 starting right guard has yet to be determined and said he has seen improvement from both players from the competition. Cann, asked if the competition had indeed pushed him, replied ‘Most definitely. Yes. Most definitely’.”"