Arizona Cardinals Training Camp Profile: Ryan Swope

By M. Quann Boyd
Ryan Swope
Matt Kartozian USA Today Sports

What can Ryan Swope do for you? That’s the question posed by the Arizona Cardinals the moment they used their sixth round pick in this year’s NFL Draft to select the wide receiver out of Texas A&M.

As a junior, Swope was the favorite receiver of then A&M starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill to the tune of 89 receptions for 1,207 yards and 11 touchdowns. In his senior year, with freshman phenom Johnny Manziel at the helm, his yards and catches dropped a bit due to him playing much of the season in the slot.

At 6’0”, 205 lbs and with a 40 time of 4.28, Swope has the ability to stretch the field for the Cardinals and make teams pay a steep price for double covering All-Pro receiver Larry Fitzgerald.

Nonetheless, concussions are the immediate major stumbling block for Swope that is keeping him off an NFL field. So as much as Bruce Arians, with his dapper Kangol hats, along with his coaching staff may want to begin to implement Swope into the team’s offensive game plans, at this stage in the rookie’s professional football career his health is paramount to any on the field production. However, if and when Swope is medically cleared to play, what does his presence ultimately mean for the Cardinals?

For starters, Swope appears to have a fair chance at the third receiver (or slot wideout position) coming into training camp in the Cardinals offense. With the organization also drafting or signing a plethora of rookie wideouts this offseason in the forms of Jaron Brown, Dan Buckner, Charles Hawkins, Michael Rios and Tyler Shaw the Cardinals are definitively searching for depth and much needed help on the outside. If Swope is able to get his concussion issues squared away then he stands as good of a chance as anyone on the roster to make an impact in Arizona.


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