Ryan Switzer wants to own slot receiver role for Steelers

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The last time Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown played a full season together in Pittsburgh in 2017, they combined for 3,479 yards from scrimmage and 18 touchdowns for the Steelers. Brown then 1,297 yards and 15 touchdowns by himself last year with Bell in a season-long hold out.

Now both are gone and the Steelers will have to find a way to replicate that production in their absence.

Ryan Switzer wants to step up and take command of the slot receiver as the Steelers offense looks to retool itself in 2019. The key to doing so is taking his chemistry with Ben Roethlisberger to the next level.

It takes a different kind of guy to work the middle of the field, be able to be on the same page as the quarterback,” Switzer said, via Jonathan Bombulie of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “There’s a lot of different reads and a lot of different adjustments you’ve got to make in the middle of the field. I’m getting the hang of it. I’m, obviously, not there yet, but I’m working on it.”

Switzer is about to enter his third season in the NFL and second with Pittsburgh. The former fourth-round pick of the Dallas Cowboys in 2017 was traded to the Oakland Raiders in April and the Steelers in August. Switzer managed to carve out a more regular role with the Steelers offense than he had in his rookie season in Dallas. Switzer caught 36 passes for 253 yards and a touchdown last year for Pittsburgh.

Switzer had to get up to speed with Roethlisberger and the Steelers offense in short order after being traded at the end of training camp. Now in year two with Pittsburgh, Switzer feels better prepared to take on a bigger role.

“The more reps that you get, the more game experience you get, the better the feel and the better you get,” Switzer said. “It helps when you’ve got a quarterback who’s done it for a long time and has a lot of experience in that area. He’s kind of molded me as the year went on. I’m learning from those experiences. Hopefully, we’ll put them to the test this year.”

However, Switzer isn’t the only receiver that will got a shot at the role in Pittsburgh. JuJu Smith-Schuster and Donte Moncrief will still see time lining up inside at times and Eli Rogers and rookie Diontae Johnson will get turns inside as well.

12 responses to “Ryan Switzer wants to own slot receiver role for Steelers

  1. They’ll be fine with slot wr’s, question is who can be the x iso guy like Brown was on the outside. He did other things but those guys who can win out there against press coverage and create separation are harder to find than guys who can work from the slot.

  2. Switzer is tough as nails. He took some big time hits last year and bounced up like nothing happened. Surprised me…

    As long as Tomlin is there it doesn’t matter who plays the slot or lines up wide.

  3. Switzer has the ability to be for the Steelers what Julian Edelman is for NE, IF he gets the opportunity. Had a solid first year with the Steelers, and should be that much better in his second season here.

  4. How cute that deluded Steelers’ fans seriously think this guy is going to make up for Brown and Bell. Steelers already dropped off the player radar when they lost Bell. Do they seriously thing Ryan Switzer is going to be Brown and Bell in one tight package? I can’t stop laughing!

  5. Switz is a good slot receiver. The Steelers have a star in JUJU but it’s who can step as the number 2 that we will all be waiting to see. It’s still obvious the Steelers need to be more run balanced on offense this year and I believe they will be very effective.

  6. He is a mouth. Man, just play hard. Work hard. Be a consummate professional, and what happens will happen. Spare parts should only be seen, not heard.

  7. goatbubba says:
    July 17, 2019 at 10:34 am
    He is a mouth. Man, just play hard. Work hard. Be a consummate professional, and what happens will happen. Spare parts should only be seen, not heard.

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    well said

  8. TimTebowGodOfFootballKarma says:
    How cute that deluded Steelers’ fans seriously think this guy is going to make up for Brown and Bell.

    Strawman: A form of argument and an informal fallacy based on giving the impression of refuting an opponent’s argument, while actually refuting an argument that was not presented by that opponent.

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