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Steelers Film Room: Ryan Switzer’s return ability

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    March 14, 2019 9:25 AM GMT
     Ryan Switzer had to call a moving company for the second time in less than four months due to being traded twice during the offseason. The former North Carolina Tarheel was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in 2017 and then traded to the Oakland Raiders this past April. Switzer didn’t last long on the Raiders’ roster as he was traded on August 27 to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The trade was a 2019 fifth-rounder from Pittsburgh in exchange for Switzer and a 2019 sixth-rounder. In a perfect scenario , the Steelers would pick No. 32 and the Raiders No. 1 in the sixth round. The Steelers have used a smattering of players on both kick and punt returns the past few years, with limited success. The knee-jerk reaction after one game — the solution is Switzer.Steelers fans have been clamoring for the team to relieve wideout Antonio Brown from his punt-return duties. Brown, a once talented punt returner, has seen his productivity decline. (I opined about this two years ago.) During this past preseason, Pittsburgh tried out two camp bodies along with cornerback Cameron Sutton in hopes one of them would take the job and flourish. Sutton’s shot at punt-return duties ended against the Tennessee Titans when he fumbled a return. None of the camp bodies shined. The Steelers’ 2017 primary punt returner, Eli Rogers (PUP list) is still recovering from a torn ACL and is unavailable — forcing the Steelers to look elsewhere. Over the past two seasons, the Black-and-gold used seven different kick returners — only JuJu Smith-Schuster remains on the roster. While JuJu was effective in 2017 (26.7 YPR), the Steelers seem to prefer keeping him strictly on offense and handing the kick-return duties to another player. Steelers fans hope that this never-ending carousel ends with Switzer.Video evidence shows that Switzer just might be the remedy the Steelers have been searching for. Switzer’s first punt return had Steelers fans on their feet cheering with a 22-yard effort. The third punt he returned was only for four yards but, due to his eagerness and not letting the ball bounce — this ensured the Steelers better field position. This punt shows Switzer flipping field position with the Browns. Britton Colquitt boots a punt 45 yards but Switzer returns it for 20 to the Cleveland 39.Was it the rush against Colquitt or the presence of Switzer that led to a brutal 29-yard shank deep into overtime?Two of his kickoff returns show his elusiveness but also his field vision where others failed.Switzer’s 4.51 speed won’t exactly blow the doors off of opponents. But pairing that with his vision and sure-handedness — the Steelers have the makings of the returner they’ve been searching for. So far in this young season Cheap Ben Roethlisberger Jersey , Switzer is seventh in punt return average (11.2 yards) and tenth in kickoffs average (23 yards). Will Switzer be able to maintain or build on those numbers? Steelers Nation remains cautiously optimistic.Teams like the Steelers win games like the one against the Buccaneers on Monday night If you visit several Steelers’ sites around the World Wide Web, you’ll see a lot of pleas from fans telling everyone to relax, it’s early, it’s not time to panic. Really? I’ll give you that it’s early, but even at 0-1-1, if you think it’s not time to panic, I beg to differ. For starters, about three percent of NFL teams that begin 0-3 go on to make the playoffs. Yes, I know Cheap Maurkice Pouncey Jersey , if the Steelers lose to the Buccaneers at Tampa Bay on Monday Night Football, they will drop to 0-2-1, but that isn’t going to make me feel much better about their chances.No, a loss to Tampa would basically reshape the 2018 narrative, with the Steelers likely fighting tooth-and-nail during the next 14 weeks just to stay in the playoff hunt.Forget home-field advantage. Forget AFC North supremacy. Best case scenario: we’re talking road whites in early January, baby. And this is why I have a pretty good feeling the Steelers will win. I was talking to a friend of mine the other day, and I said, “Teams like the Steelers find ways to win games like these, while teams like the Bucs find ways to lose.”He didn’t necessarily get it Youth Bud Dupree Jersey , but let me try to explain this in college football terms:Picture a 12-0 Boise State team being denied one of the four playoff spots because the selection committee deemed the competition in their conference—the Mountain West Conference—too weak compared to the Big Ten’s and SEC’s of the college football world. Boise State half-heartedly accepts an invitation to the Fiesta Bowl to take on a Notre Dame squad that, at 8-4, is having a season a little below its usual standards and expectations. Fast-forward to New Year’s Day, the night of the game. Is anyone shocked when Notre Dame’s plethora of four- and five-star recruits puts everything together for sixty minutes and the Fighting Irish throttle Boise State by three touchdowns? Of course not. That was kind of the point I was trying to make to my friend.The Buccaneers couldn’t be riding higher right now after two weeks of the regular season. Following a 5-11 season in 2017, they went into New Orleans in Week 1 and put on an offensive show in a 48-40 win over the Saints. Last week, they knocked off the Super Bowl-champion Eagles at home, 27-21.Despite a suspension to start the season for quarterback Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay looks like one of the better offenses in the NFL, led by journeyman quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick —the man the Bucs’ faithful have dubbed “Fitzmagic Cheap Antonio Brown Jersey ,” thanks to a two-week span in which he’s completed 48 of 61 passes for 819 yards and eight touchdowns. Veteran receiver DeSean Jackson, at the age of 31, looks like one of the best deep threats in the NFL right now, averaging an astounding 30.5 yards per reception. Speaking of magic, the Buccaneers could really put a huge deposit down on a magical 2018 campaign on Monday night (and, in the process, put the Steelers’ season in foreclosure) by getting off to a 3-0 start in front of their home fans. Which, again, is why I don’t think it’ll happen. You can say what you want about the Steelers under head coach Mike Tomlin Authentic Artie Burns Jersey , but one thing they seem to have a knack for is winning football games when their backs are against the wall. The Steelers’ backs are against the wall.If you want to say Tomlin’s record against inferior teams is tangible evidence that his squad will lay an egg when facing such an opponent, then you must recognize his ability to have his players ready for stronger teams. Either the Steelers will be a true contender this year, or they won’t be, and a 1-1-1 start would certainly be a manageable record to use as a springboard for the rest of the season. Don’t be surprised if the Steelers pick this week to get up off of the mat and remind the football world they’re still a force to be reckoned with. Custom Philadelphia Eagles Jerseys