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Former basketball player Erik Swoope will have chance to be Colts' No. 3 TE

After two seasons on the Colts' practice squad, Erik Swoope will get a chance to make the active roster. AP Photo/Michael Conroy

INDIANAPOLIS -- For four years it was Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener or Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen as the top two tight ends for the Indianapolis Colts.

Now it’s Allen and the next tight end to step up for the Colts with Fleener calling New Orleans home after he signed a deal with the Saints.

@MikeWellsNFL: The Colts would ideally like for Erik Swoope to take another step in 2016 after spending the past two seasons on the practice squad. Swoope was called up to the active roster for the Colts' Week 17 game against Tennessee but didn't catch any passes. All indications are that with Fleener gone, Jack Doyle will get the first shot at being the Colts’ No. 2 tight end after being the third tight end the past couple of seasons. Doyle is a blue-collar tight end. He’s not flashy, but he knows how to get the job done on a regular basis. Doyle had 12 catches (14 targets) for 72 yards and a touchdown last season. The Colts also have Cameron Clear and Mike McFarland on the roster, but the primary backup spot behind Allen is Doyle’s to lose, with Swoope -- a 6-foot-5, 246-pounder who played college basketball at Miami (Fla.) -- in the mix for the third spot.