Switzer caught both his targets for 31 yards during Thursday's 52-21 win over Carolina. The speedy return man was one of nine players to have a reception on a night when the Pittsburgh offense could do no wrong, with Ben Roethlisberger completing 22 of 25 passes for 328 yards and five touchdowns for a perfect quarterback rating of 158.3. Switzer has caught five passes for 52 yards in the past two games, but Pittsburgh faces a tough Jacksonville defense in Week 11.
Switzer (ankle) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports. Switzer logged two limited practice sessions to begin the week, but his full participation Wednesday puts him on track to play Thursday against the Panthers. The 24-year-old ranked a distant fourth among Pittsburgh wideouts in snaps (13) in the Week 9 win over the Ravens, with all of Antonio Brown (81), Juju Smith-Schuster (77) and rookie James Washington (70) slotting ahead of him. Another small role on offense likely awaits Switzer against Carolina.
Switzer was listed as limited participant in Tuesday's practice due to an ankle injury, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports. Switzer received the same listing Monday, but the fact that he was involved in any capacity this early in the week suggests he's on track to play Thursday against the Panthers. The shifty slot man caught three of four targets for 21 yards in the Week 9 win over the Ravens, but he logged just 13 offensive snaps compared to rookie James Washington's 70. For now, it appears Switzer is the fourth man on the receiver depth chart behind Antonio Brown, JuJu Smith-Schuster and Washington.
Switzer caught three of four targets for 21 yards during Sunday's 23-16 win over Baltimore. With Justin Hunter ruled out (coach's decision) before kickoff, Switzer turned in his best performance since Week 4, also against Baltimore. His first two catches came on consecutive plays just before halftime, and he only saw one second-half target. He just isn't involved enough in the offense to justify his taking a fantasy roster spot anytime soon.
Switzer failed to haul in his lone target during Sunday's 33-18 win over Cleveland. Switzer's afternoon featured a nice 23-yard punt return, but he was catchless for the first time since Week 1, also against Cleveland. The second-year receiver has found a niche on special teams but has scored just once as a receiver this season and even when he nabbed seven passes in Week 4 managed just 32 yards. He's clearly a special-teams ace and occasional underneath target at this point and should be treated as such. He and the Steelers take on one of the better pass defenses in the league, the division-rival Ravens, on Sunday.
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