Ryan Switzer

Ryan Switzer

Quarterback #10
Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Ht / Wt:5'8" / 179 lb.
College:North Carolina
Born:November 4, 1994
Drafted:2017 / Rd. 4 (133)
Draft Team:DAL

Ryan Switzer: Remains in good roster position

Switzer is in a solid position to retain his spot on the Steelers' season-opening roster, Chris Adamski of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Analysis: The 25-year-old caught eight passes for 27 yards and appeared in only eight games last season due to a back injury, but the trust he's earned from the team gives him an edge for a roster spot. Switzer has primarily worked as a returner and would likely fill a similar role, assuming he remains with the team.

June 30, 2020 5:02 PM EST

Ryan Switzer: Finished season on IR

Switzer finished the 2019 season on injured reserve.

Analysis: Switzer's season was cut short due to a back injury after hauling in eight catches on 11 targets for 27 yards . He also totaled 195 return yards. Switzer is a mediocre receiver who may no longer be needed in 2020 for his return skills with the addition of Diontae Johnson. Switzer has one year remaining on his contract.

December 31, 2019 2:16 PM EST

Ryan Switzer: Designated for return

Switzer (back) has been placed on the Steelers' IR: Designated for return list.

Analysis: Switzer is thus eligible to -- and expected to -- practice Thursday in advance of Sunday's regular-season finale versus the Ravens. If he's able to suit up this weekend, Switzer will provide the Steelers' receiving corps with another slot option, as well as provide the team with another player who can return kickoffs and/or punts.

December 26, 2019 7:10 AM EST

Ryan Switzer: Hits injured reserve

The Steelers placed Switzer (back) on injured reserve Thursday, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Switzer suffered a back injury during Sunday's win over the Rams, the severity of which will cause him to spend the rest of the season on injured reserve. In his absence, James Washington and Diontae Johnson stand to see work fielding kicks and punts, respectively.

November 14, 2019 2:24 PM EST

Ryan Switzer: Won't gear up Thursday

Switzer (back) is ruled out for Thursday's matchup against the Browns, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.

Analysis: Switzer was listed as a DNP all week, so he'll miss the first game of his career. The third-year pro makes most of his impact as a returner, so James Washington and Diontae Johnson are in line to field kicks and punts, respectively. Switzer's absence hurts the Steelers' wideout depth as well, so they may bring up a practice-squad receiver.

November 13, 2019 11:02 AM EST

Ryan Switzer: Logs five snaps in loss

Switzer was only present for five snaps on special teams in Sunday's loss to the 49ers.

Analysis: Switzer didn't see any snaps on offense Sunday after seeing 46 snaps in Week 1 and 13 snaps in Week 2. It's unclear why Switzer's role has decreased so harshly, although it seems likely that the absence of Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) is at least partially to blame.

September 24, 2019 1:32 PM EST

Ryan Switzer: Lone catch gains zero yards

Switzer hauled in one of four targets for zero yards in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks.

Analysis: After a respectable season opener of six catches for 29 yards, Switzer regressed harshly. Part of his struggles were definitely due to Mason Rudolph taking over for Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) halfway through the game. He'll now have a full week to build chemistry with Rudolph, who will be the Steelers' starter the rest of the way.

September 17, 2019 1:46 PM EST

Ryan Switzer: Six catches in loss

Switzer had six receptions for 29 yards in Pittsburgh's 33-3 loss to New England on Sunday.

Analysis: On a night when the Steelers couldn't do much of anything on offense Switzer showed he can be a contributor. Although his total receiving yardage wasn't much, he hauled in all six of his targets, a notable accomplishment considering Ben Roethlisberger completed just 57 percent of his passes. He also looked good on special teams, averaging 21.5 yards on kick returns. Still, it is difficult for fantasy owners to insert Switzer in their starting lineups in Week 2 against Seattle.

September 8, 2019 11:20 PM EST

Ryan Switzer: Held to one catch

Switzer caught his only target for a five-yard gain in Saturday's preseason win over the Chiefs.

Analysis: Despite moving past the quad injury that bothered him at the start of training camp, Switzer has caught just one pass on 37 snaps in two exhibition contests, getting most of his playing time with the second-string offense. Mark Kaboly of the Athletic believes Switzer remains on track for a roster spot, with a good chance to see more snaps on the starting offense when Ben Roethlisberger makes his lone preseason appearance Thursday in Carolina. There's potential for Switzer or Eli Rogers to see regular slot work if the Steelers are comfortable moving JuJu Smith-Schuster outside on a regular basis. There's also the matter of Switzer being listed No. 1 on the preseason depth chart for both kick and punt returns, though he hasn't seen any work in that area through two weeks.

August 18, 2019 11:53 AM EST

Ryan Switzer: Leaves practice Wednesday

Switzer was forced to leave Wednesday's practice early while dealing with a quad injury, Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Analysis: It's unclear how Switzer suffered the injury, but it was serious enough to force him to leave the practice field. This is an unfortunate blow to Switzer, who had been impressive in offseason work in the competition for targets out of the slot. In his stead, Eli Rogers should receive the bulk of snaps as the slot receiver in practice. Expect the team or head coach Mike Tomlin to comment on the severity of the injury in the coming days.

July 31, 2019 5:47 PM EST

Ryan Switzer: Shines during OTAs

Switzer was impressive during spring practices while competing with Eli Rogers for slot work, Mark Kaboly of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The competition between Rogers and Switzer could lead to a role with regular targets if the Steelers primarily use JuJu Smith-Schuster outside. That calculation likely depends on a number of factors, including the team's confidence in Donte Moncrief, James Washington and/or Diontae Johnson -- a trio competing for snaps outside. In any case, Switzer has a good shot to earn a spot on the 53-man roster, with his ability to return punts and kickoffs potentially creating a role even if he ultimately loses out to Rogers.

June 17, 2019 6:41 AM EST

Ryan Switzer: Ready for voluntary workouts

Switzer is taking advantage of voluntary workouts, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.

Analysis: There don't appear to be any lasting effects from the ankle surgery Switzer reportedly underwent in January, which bodes well for his ability to simply focus on his craft during his first full offseason in Pittsburgh. While Switzer currently seems to have an uphill battle towards gaining a fantasy-relevant receiving role on a roster that otherwise includes JuJu Smith-Schuster, James Washington, Donte Moncrief and Eli Rogers, the North Carolina product is the leading favorite to handle return duties on punts and kickoffs in 2019.

April 17, 2019 12:15 PM EST

Ryan Switzer: Scheduled for surgery

Switzer is scheduled to undergo surgery on his right ankle later this week, Dave Lolley of DK Pittsburgh Sports reports.

Analysis: Switzer allegedly injured his ankle in the week of practice prior to Pittsburgh's Dec. 16 victory over New England. While the receiver wasn't required to miss any time, it now seems Switzer simply delayed having to undergo surgery until the offseason. While it's not clear how long it may take him to recover, there hasn't been anything to suggest Switzer is in danger of missing out on the openings days of OTAs in late April.

January 2, 2019 1:16 PM EST

Ryan Switzer: Substantial growth over last season

Switzer caught one of his three targets for two yards during Sunday's 16-13 win over Cincinnati.

Analysis: The second-year receiver played in all 16 games again this season finishing with 36 catches (on 44 targets) for 253 yards and one touchdown. This was a huge jump from last season when Switzer totaled 41 yards on six receptions. He also ran six times for 21 yards this season and added 862 yards to finish among the top 10 in the league in kickoff and punt returns. Switzer has two years remaining on his current contract with Pittsburgh.

January 1, 2019 9:31 AM EST

Ryan Switzer: Still playing limited role

Switzer caught all three of his targets for 18 yards during Sunday's 31-28 loss to New Orleans.

Analysis: Thirty-four of Ben Roethlisberger's 50 passes went to Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster, curbing the production of just about everyone else on the team. Switzer may see an uptick in Week 17 against a porous Cincinnati pass defense ranked 30th in the league, but probably not enough to merit consideration in fantasy lineups. In the last game against the Bengals seven different Steelers caught a pass -- eight if you include a one-yard loss Ben Roethlisberger caught from himself on a pass tipped by defensive end Carlos Dunlap -- but only Brown and Schuster have any fantasy value.

December 23, 2018 10:29 PM EST

Ryan Switzer: Minimal contribution in win

Switzer caught both his targets for nine yards and ran once for three yards during Sunday's 17-10 win over New England.

Analysis: Dinged the past few weeks (concussion, ankle) Switzer was deemed fit for duty but only had three offensive touches, and none in the second half. Week 16 presents an attractive matchup against the Saints -- who allow the most fantasy points per game to wide receivers (29.9) -- but the Steelers have too many options that are better than Switzer.

December 16, 2018 10:04 PM EST

Ryan Switzer: Active versus Patriots

Switzer (ankle) will play in Sunday's game versus the Patriots.

Analysis: Switzer avoids missing the first game of his NFL career and will slot in as the No. 3 wideout on Pittsburgh's offense. The second-year pro has hauled in 17 passes for 157 yards in the last six games but didn't found the end zone. If the Steelers get into a shootout, his opportunities will rise but he's a touchdown-dependent fantasy option.

December 16, 2018 12:27 PM EST

Ryan Switzer: Questionable for Sunday

Switzer has an ankle injury and is questionable for Sunday's game against the Patriots.

Analysis: Switzer was added to the injury report Friday as a limited participant, so the specifics of his injury remain unclear. James Washington would likely step in as the Steelers No. 3 wide receiver should Switzer be held out of Sunday's game.

December 14, 2018 12:52 PM EST

Ryan Switzer: Not a factor in loss

Switzer caught his lone target for one yard during Sunday's 24-21 loss to Oakland.

Analysis: Although cleared to play after suffering a concussion in Week 13, Switzer was a bust despite facing an awful Oakland defense. He continues to make the most of his targets -- catching an impressive 83.3% of the balls thrown to him -- best among Pittsburgh wide receivers this season. However, he just isn't seeing enough targets to merit fantasy consideration and has a difficult Week 15 game against New England, which is sixth best in the league against wide receivers in catch percentage (60%).

December 10, 2018 9:33 AM EST

Ryan Switzer: Ready for Sunday

Switzer (concussion) doesn't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Raiders, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.

Analysis: The news confirms that Switzer cleared the NFL's five-step concussion protocol, which always seemed likely to happen before the weekend after he practiced fully Wednesday. The second-year player should see most of his snaps in the slot as part of the Steelers' receiver rotation while also returning both punts and kickoffs. Switzer has held a fairly consistent supporting role in the passing game with at least two receptions in five straight weeks, though he's gained more than 20 yards on only one of his 16 catches over that span and hasn't reached the end zone.

December 7, 2018 12:34 PM EST

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