Switzer hauled in one of two targets for 14 yards in Sunday's loss to the Chiefs. Switzer only managed 12 plays on offense, but the wideout is also handling all punt and kick returns, recording 74 total return yards Sunday. Look for Switzer to continue playing a larger role on special teams than on offense for now.
Switzer ran once for eight yards but failed to catch his only target in Sunday's 21-21 tie against the Browns. The second-year wideout finds himself buried behind several bigger, more talented receivers, but made the most of his opportunities, handling all punt and kick returns, accumulating 125 yards. He showed some flashes of speed and has the potential to break a return for a score, something Pittsburgh has not had from someone other than Antonio Brown or JuJu Smith-Schuster since 2007 (Allen Rossum).
The Raiders are finalizing a trade to send Switzer to the Steelers, Jordan Schultz of Yahoo Sports reports. The 2017 fourth-round pick was traded from Dallas to Oakland in April for defensive lineman Jihad Ward. After failing to earn a key role with his new organization, Switzer will now try to make his mark in Pittsburgh, potentially helping out in the return game. He'll likely land fifth or sixth on the wideout depth chart, assuming he even sticks on the 53-man roster.
Switzer caught a seven-yard touchdown pass on his lone target during Friday's preseason win over the Lions. Switzer, who is looking to carve out a role in the Raiders' offense as a potential gadget-type slot receiver, was on the receiving end of a touchdown throw from backup quarterback Connor Cook on Friday. The former Cowboy has caught the eye of head coach Jon Gruden throughout training camp, so at this point Switzer's roster spot doesn't appear to be in much danger as he also competes for a gig in the return game.
Switzer is making a case to earn a role on offense for Oakland, Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. "Ryan Switzer has really caught my eye," Raiders head coach Jon Gruden said. "Switzer has come in here and not only been a punt returner, kick returner, he's come in and been a force as a slot receiver. He's really done well." The Raiders traded defensive lineman Jihad Ward to Dallas in April in exchange for Switzer, seemingly hoping for an easy fix to their struggles in the return game a season ago. The 2017 fourth-round pick still should get most of his snaps on special teams, but he also should have a chance to beat out Seth Roberts for the No. 4 wideout role. If that comes to fruition, Switzer could find himself getting regular playing time in the slot if Amari Cooper, Jordy Nelson or Martavis Bryant were to miss time.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/25||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||23||28.00|
|13||12/02||Los Angeles Chargers||22||27.00|
|15||12/16||New England Patriots||24||29.00|
|16||12/23||@New Orleans Saints||32||42.00|
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|3 Year Avg||7||6||41||0||4||6.83||2|