Week 8 of the NFL season had its share of great performances. September 5, 2020 at 5:28 pm Now that the 2020 offseason has begun, following a second consecutive season in which they failed to even reach the playoffs, it’s time to take stock of where the Pittsburgh Steelers stand. The Browns signed receiver Ryan Switzer to their practice squad, the team announced Thursday. Glad they kept the superior returner Ray-Ray McCloud over the non-elusive Switzer. During training camp with the Steelers, Pittsburgh head coach Mike Tomlin praised Switzer for his ability to play a more niche position at the NFL level. Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images Breaking down every player one-by-one alphabetically on the Steelers current 90-man roster Continuing with part 77 of our 90ish-part series — assuming the roster does not change before we are complete — which will break down each player of the Steelers current 90-man (now 80-man) roster in alphabetical order. JoJo Natson, who had been manning the return game for the Browns, is now done for the season due to a torn ACL. Ryan Switzer Pittsburgh Steelers (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images). "My heart breaks for [Natson]," Browns special teams coordinator Mike Priefer said Thursday on Zoom. Steelers must go all-in in 2020. Now, first and foremost, Switzer has become way too much of a gadget player for his own good with the Steelers. Switzer is in his fourth NFL season out of North Carolina. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. "... He’s a guy that understands that that’s a niche for him, so he embraces the detail required to be successful there. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ByNateUlrich and on Facebook www.facebook.com/abj.sports. Switzer is now the most experienced NFL returner the Browns have. The bigger question is… why cut the obviously better PUNTER Corliss Waitan. Switzer had 30 catches in 2018, but only eight last year. There are 32 teams in the NFL, each consisting of 53 players on their roster, plus members who are also on injured reserve and some scattered lists. Talking about WR Ryan Switzer and like it or not, the three key reasons why he’s almost certainly going to make the team. Former Pittsburgh Steeler Ryan Switzer was in Cleveland for a visit on Tuesday. With the Steelers on their third starting quarterback of the season, wide receiver Ryan Switzer has assumed the role of emergency QB for Pittsburgh. Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images The Pittsburgh Steelers were back on the practice field, and it is time to recap what took place at Heinz Field. Can you name the Minneapolis/Los Angeles Lakers players with the highest career PPG in the postseason? I hope the XFL sticks around for a while and can provide jobs for some of these guys. He returned 67 punts for 537 yards (8 average) and a touchdown, plus 63 kickoffs for 1,373 yards (21.8 average). Switzer played at North Carolina from 2013 to 2016 and was a 1,000-yard receiver as a senior as he caught 96 passes for 1,112 yards and six touchdowns. Now, it looks like Switzer could be his replacement. Originally a fourth-round draft pick of the Cowboys in 2017, he was traded to the Raiders then to the Steelers in 2018. In Switzer's three NFL seasons, one with the Cowboys and two with the Steelers, he played 41 games with one start. Watch: Yes, Ryan Switzer’s Making The Roster . The Steelers used an early draft pick on a wide receiver for the fourth straight year, but the addition of another young player at the position isn’t keeping Ryan Switzer from setting some high goals for himself in 2020. Seems like a case of future potential over potential never realized. Also gone are quarterback Paxton Lynch, running backs Trey Edmunds, Kerrith Whyte, Jr., and Wendell Smallwood, receivers Saeed Blacknail, DeAndre Thompkins, Deion Cain, and Amara Darboh, offensive linemen Christian DiLauro, John Keenoy, Derwin Gray, Anthony Coyle, and Jarron Jones, tight ends Kyle Markway and Kevin Rader, defensive linemen Cavon Walker, Henry Mondeaux, Calvin Taylor, and Daniel McCullers, linebackers Tuzar Skipper and Jayrone Elliott, defensive backs Trajan Bandy, John Battle, and Antoine Brooks Jr., punter Corliss Waitan, and long snapper Liam McCullough. "Ryan will certainly be in play either this week or next week," Priefer said. If the Steelers get a fully healthy and motivated Roethlisberger back in 2020, they’ll be dangerous. Switzer and his dad shared the field before @KingJames and Bronny shared the court. He gives them another option to return punts and kickoffs on the heels of former University of Akron standout JoJo Natson suffering a season-ending torn anterior cruciate ligament while bringing back a punt in Sunday's 34-20 win over Washington. pic.twitter.com/1knF0olYmH. Switzer had 30 catches in 2018, but only eight last year. While primarily a slot WR due to his slight stature, the Steelers almost treat him more as an RB. The coaches know who deserves a roster spot and who doesn’t. A native of Charleston, WV, Switzer was a three-star recruit and the No. He does not have kickoff return experience, but the Cowboys mentioned that as a possibility. What ever happened to Paxton Lynch? I was lead to believe at one time he was a stud. Now, first and foremost, Switzer has become way too much of a gadget player for his own good with the Steelers. Originally a fourth-round draft pick of the Cowboys in 2017, he was traded to the Raiders then to the Steelers in 2018. The Steelers surprisingly (to those not making the decision) have decided that receiver Ryan Switzer does not deserve one, at least not for now. Running backs D'Ernest Johnson and Dontrell Hilliard and rookie receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones are the other candidates, Priefer said. 3 Steelers receive honors on NFL Network's Top 100 list, Jerry Jeudy Taken by Jaguars in B/R User 2020 NFL Mock Draft, List of opt out players in 2020 grows, still no Pittsburgh Steelers, Steelers EDGE T.J. Watt set to make even more money after Joey Bosa deal. Read his Browns coverage at www.beaconjournal.com/browns. Watched him at UNC. The Cowboys drafted Switzer in the fourth round in 2017 out of the University of North Carolina. Based on the comments sections on here, it seems as though very nearly everybody is more than ready to give up on Ryan Switzer, and believing that the only chance that he has of making the 53-man roster for the Pittsburgh Steelers again is the fact that he has become good friends with quarterback Ben […]. I hope these guys took advantage of their time in school and got their degrees. The door also opens for them to play in the postseason, if the Steelers qualify. All rights reserved. It also had its share of ugly ones. While many will simply lump those faults on Switzer, the Steelers set him up for failure by having him run routes at or behind the line of scrimmage and expect all of his yards to come via YAC. Bucs' defensive pressure on Rodgers monumental, PIT impresses, but Browns must return to roots, Morris wanted Falcons to focus on finishing games, Enter your zip code to find NBCSN near you. More than usual, the Pittsburgh Steelers parted with a couple of notable players in their 53-man roster cutdown yesterday that the majority of fans felt were probably safe to make the team. Learn how your comment data is processed. Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Ryan Switzer apparently had a good practice on Wednesday as he was the media’s choice to have a zoom session afterwards. The Oakland Raiders sent a third-round pick to the Pittsburgh Steelers for Bryant back in April, and the wide receiver has not impressed his new head coach. He has proven before that he can make some plays down the field. The coaches know who deserves a roster spot and who doesn’t. The season has been rough for the Dallas Cowboys. The Steelers surprisingly (to those not making the decision) have decided that receiver Ryan Switzer does not deserve one, at least not for now. Also, for the second time in five months, Ryan Switzer has been traded. 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Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Kevin Colbert and Antonio Brown were in attendance for the Oklahoma-West Virginia game, and there are some other prospects the team may be targeting. How he was drafted so high, I have no idea. That’s where Swtitzer spent the first season of his career and took on the role of returning kickoffs and punts. He posted a respectable 6 receptions for 67 yards, not amazing numbers, but far from his typical 3-5-yard gains Steelers fans have lamented. Wide receiver Ryan Switzer has been traded for the second time this offseason. Prior to the start of the 2018 season, Switzer was traded twice and ended up on the Pittsburgh Steelers. You must be logged in to leave a comment. Before the game against Pittsburgh, Switzer was a solid wide receiver for the North Carolian football team. The news has also been confirmed by Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (on Twitter). With the Steelers in 2018, Switzer averaged 8.4 yards per return on punts and 20.2 yards per return on kicks. Switzer played at North Carolina from 2013 to 2016 and was a 1,000-yard receiver as a senior as he caught 96 passes for 1,112 yards and six touchdowns. There main not be a more trigger causing subject for fans when you mention his name or the wide receiver position. Good luck to all the guys that got cut. Things have been so bad, in fact, that one of their top men committed one of the week’s biggest blunders despite being on a bye week. So we're going to miss him, and he's going to be tough to replace.". That Denver game proved he can and should be more of a receiving threat. Switzer also rushed the ball 25 times for 82 yards in college. CBS Sports is a registered trademark of CBS Broadcasting Inc. The problem was, the Steelers refused to utilize him in such a way again, instead opting for his more typical routes, leading to his disappointing season and lousy 3.2 yards per reception stat line on the year.
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