Aug 26, 2015 8:11 PM by Ross Field
Training camp and preseason football games, just days in the books for players like Tony Romo, Dez Bryant and Jason Witten. But for the younger guys, it's a chance to make a name for themselves. Take Chico's own Geoff Swaim for example. The tight end is doing all he can to make a roster spot with Cowboys. Action News Now's Ross Field caught up him Sunday night at Levi's Stadium.
With every catch.
"Everyone wants the ball, that's just how the game is," says Swaim.
And every block.
"These guys are different, 300-pounds, they're strong," says Swaim.
Geoff Swaim tries to make a case that he belongs on the Dallas Cowboys.
"You're either progressing or you're getting worse," says Swaim.
On Sunday, the Pleasant Valley High School and Butte College product progressed.
In his second preseason game, this one against the 49ers, he caught a team-high four passes for 57 yards. To put things into perspective, the seventh round draft pick, known for his blocking ability, had no games in his two years at the University of Texas with more than three receptions and more than 18 receiving yards.
Swaim's impressive play caught the attention of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who sang high praise for Swaim after the game.
"Great fourth quarter, we're excited about him, love his competitiveness," says Jones.
"I think you have to have an opportunity in order to produce, right?" Swaim added. "I didn't do it a lot at Texas. I've always known I can catch and run, that's not the issue. The issue is running good routes, knowing what you're doing against different coverages, and things like that."
One Cowboy who's carved out a Hall of Fame career by doing just that is Jason Witten, someone who's game Swaim tries to soak up.
"I've learned so much from him, it's unbelievable. The willingness he has to share things with me and kind of take me under his wing, it's been real blessing."
At 6-foot-4, 250-pounds, Swaim knows that what he's doing, playing for the Cowboys in NFL preseason games is pretty cool, but he's not about to bask in the coolness at all. He says he can't afford too.
"The minute you step-back and say 'oh wow, how cool is this,' sometimes you take your foot off the gas pedal. I don't think that I can afford to do that right now. It doesn't matter if you are drafted or whatever, you are always on the chopping block," says Swaim.
Dallas has their third preseason game Saturday against the Vikings. It's just another shot for Swaim to prove he belongs.
"You better come to work every day, you can't sit back and rest on your accomplishments because what accomplishment is it if I don't go anywhere with it," says Swaim.
By the end of the preseason teams must trim their rosters from 90 to 53. Whether or not Swaim makes the cut is still up in the air, but if he doesn't there's a good chance he'll get signed to the practice squad.