Ryan Switzer

Ryan Switzer

Quarterback #10
Team: Cleveland Browns
Ht / Wt:5'8" / 179 lb.
College:North Carolina
Age:26
Born:November 4, 1994
Drafted:2017 / Rd. 4 (133)
Draft Team:DAL

Ryan Switzer: Signs on in Cleveland

The Browns signed Switzer to a one-year deal Friday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Switzer linked with Cleveland's practice squad back in October, and he'll remain with the team to begin the offseason. He played a depth role with the Steelers from 2018-19.

January 22, 2021 12:13 PM EST

Ryan Switzer: Back from COVID-19 list

The Browns activated Switzer (undisclosed) from the practice squad/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Analysis: Switzer will now be eligible to rejoin teammates at the Browns' facilities. If any of Jarvis Landry, Rashard Higgins, Donovan Peoples-Jones and KhaDarel Hodge are unable to come off the COVID-19 list Week 17, it's possible that Switzer could be called up to the active roster.

December 31, 2020 8:59 AM EST

Ryan Switzer: Shifts to COVID-19 list

The Browns placed Switzer on the practice squad COVID-19 list Thursday.

Analysis: Switzer either tested positive for the virus or came into close contact with an infected person. He'll be required to clear the league's COVID-19 protocols before returning to the Browns' scout team.

December 24, 2020 7:42 PM EST

Ryan Switzer: Removed from practice squad IR

Switzer (undisclosed) was restored to the Browns' practice squad.

Analysis: Switzer was placed on the practice squad injured list in early November. The Browns currently have three wide receivers on injured reserve with KhaDarel Hodge (hamstring) questionable, so Switzer could be in line for a promotion.

December 9, 2020 3:48 AM EST

Ryan Switzer: Placed on practice IR

The Browns placed Switzer (undisclosed) on practice squad injured reserve.

Analysis: Switzer had been signed as insurance when the Browns experienced a spate of injuries at wideout.

November 10, 2020 6:49 PM EST

Ryan Switzer: Joins Browns' practice squad

The Browns signed Switzer to the practice squad Thursday.

Analysis: Switzer spent the last two years in Pittsburgh, and he'll now remain in-division as an emergency wideout option for the Browns. He also boasts significant experience as a return man, something Cleveland can use in the wake of losing JoJo Natson (torn ACL) for the season.

October 1, 2020 2:05 PM EST

Ryan Switzer: Checks out Cleveland

The Browns hosted Switzer (foot) for a visit Tuesday, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Analysis: Switzer was waived by the Steelers with an injury tag before rosters were finalized, but it appears he's healthy and ready to find a new team. The 25-year-old played nine games last year and caught eight of 11 targets for 27 yards, but he has plenty of experience as a kick and punt returner. That could come in handy for the Browns with JoJo Natson (torn ACL) done for the season.

September 29, 2020 2:40 PM EST

Ryan Switzer: Cast aside by Steelers

Switzer (foot) was waived by the Steelers on Saturday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The Steelers could try to bring back Switzer with some injury-related roster shenanigans, but for the moment he'll pass through waivers. The selection of Chase Claypool in the 2020 NFL Draft and emergence of castaway Ray-Ray McCloud made Switzer's skillset expendable, although his status as a 2017 fourth-round pick likely will secure, at minimum, a practice-squad spot down the road.

September 5, 2020 2:55 PM EST

Ryan Switzer: Still not practicing

Head coach Mike Tomlin said Switzer (foot) is day-to-day after missing Friday's practice, Tribune-Review Sports reports.

Analysis: Switzer sustained this injury during Tuesday's practice and hasn't made it back onto the field yet, but Tomlin doesn't seem too concerned. The 25-year-old should be back on the field soon, but most of his contributions this year will be as a returner since the Steelers selected receiver Chase Claypool in the second round of April's draft.

August 28, 2020 3:12 PM EST

Ryan Switzer: Injures foot Tuesday

Switzer suffered a foot injury at Tuesday's practice, Mark Kaboly of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Switzer did not return to practice after suffering the injury. Health permitting, Switzer looks primed to serve as a depth receiver and contributor in the return games for Pittsburgh.

August 25, 2020 5:33 PM EST

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

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