Among all of the intriguing players and stories that the Dallas Cowboys will have in store for us in 2018, one of the most interesting ones will be second-year Wide Receiver Ryan Switzer. Drafted in the fourth round last year, many expected a lot more from him as a rookie.
Switzer was an exciting return specialist, getting better week after week. However, his participation on offense was pretty limited and disappointing. Most of the times, he was used as a gadget player on jet sweep plays and not as an actual receiver.
When Cole Beasley was injured in week 17, the rookie proved capable of owning the slot receiver role. However, Beasley isn't a guy who'll be easily replaceable, which gives the Cowboys a dilemma they must find an answer for.
Will they find a way to get both Switzer and Beasley on the field at the same time? Are they willing to let go one of Cowboys Nation's favorites for salary cap purposes?
Of course, we don't know how any of this will turn out. But what we do know, is that Ryan Switzer is getting ready to go next season.
Former Dallas Cowboy WR Jesse Holley dropped a video last Tuesday on Twitter, showing how Switz worked out with a conditioning drill which looked anything but simple.
I’m Bias & i don’t give damn!!!
I’ll bet the bank nobody works harder than this kid & and I’ve been around some of y’alls favorite & im still betting on #10
He wanted conditioning AFTER a hr and 20min workout!!
8 sets 25sec rest
GOOOOOD MOR pic.twitter.com/tvC9NYyBnG
— Jesse With No “i” (@Mr4thAndLong) 6 de marzo de 2018
Just about every NFL player is hard at work during the offseason, so it doesn't come as a surprise to see a young player like him doing his best in March. However, it definitely is a nice and refreshing sight for Cowboys Nation.
The tweet came with an interesting quote from Jesse, including an optimistic take on the young 5'8 receiver.
"I’ll bet the bank nobody works harder than this kid & and I’ve been around some of (your) favorites & I´m still betting on #10." Jesse Holley on Ryan Switzer
The product out of North Carolina has quickly become a loved personality by fans and a very likeable player. It's easy to see that a lot of people are rooting for him. Maybe, just maybe, 2018 is his year.
Judging by the amount of wide receivers that the Cowboys interviewed during the NFL Scouting Combine, they're clearly taking the position as one of the top needs. Anyone who can come in and provide a spark for what should be a high-powered offense is exactly what this team should be looking for.
However, one can't help wondering "What about Switzer?"
He's a guy who could probably contribute way more than he did in 2017 if the coaching staff asks him too. Hopefully, he sees an increased role this year and he shows us what he's all about. The only question would be, how would Cole Beasley factor in if #10 is to get even more snaps?
Only time will tell. Best case scenario, we see them both on the field at the same time giving opposing defenses one big headache.
Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for 2018
Continuity is the key to good special teams play in the NFL. Already losing long-time Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia to the Raiders - who promptly snatched ST aces Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber in free agency - the Dallas Cowboys have announced their intentions to re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for the 2018 season.
Returning on a one-year deal, the fan favorite Ladouceur will be back to do what he does best in cleanly executing almost every special teams snap for Chris Jones or Dan Bailey to handle.
Long snapper L.P. Ladouceur will re-sign with the Cowboys on Monday, according to sources, on a one-year deal. He will be in his 14th season with the franchise. Only Jason Witten, Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Bill Bates and Mark Tuinei will have more years of... https://t.co/yTQbMYyrIv
While Jones has improved as the Cowboys' punter with each passing season, Kicker Dan Bailey actually enters 2018 as another question mark on this unit. With the general belief around the team being that Bailey will be just fine moving forward, the Cowboys will no longer have to worry about who handles long snaps next year either.
L.P. Ladouceur is back in the silver and blue, and in this moment, everything can be alright with the world.
Report: Raiders Sign Former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber
A Free Agency period filled with departures continued for the Dallas Cowboys today, as the Oakland Raiders have reportedly signed the now-former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber.
The Raiders have signed LB Kyle Wilber: https://t.co/TaC6cqjval
Wilber has been with the Cowboys since 2012, and has played in all 16 games four of the past five seasons. Most of his time has come on special teams, but he did provide solid linebacker depth for the Cowboys since joining the team.
Dallas has now lost both Wilber and Anthony Hitchens, depleting their linebacker depth even further over the last couple weeks.
The Raiders have now signed two key special teams contributors for the Cowboys in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber this offseason. Hopefully Dallas can replace these types of "replacement level" players throughout the rest of the offseason, especially during the NFL Draft.
Report: Cowboys Officially Release CB Orlando Scandrick
After requesting his release from the team just a few days ago, Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick has gotten his wish. According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, Scandrick has officially been cut by the Dallas Cowboys.
I'm told the #Cowboys have informed CB Orlando Scandrick he will be released, per source.
This move will reportedly save the Cowboys roughly $1.4M against the salary cap, as we hope they finally look to make some moves during the Free Agency period.
Scandrick's release comes after an offseason in which the Cowboys totally overhauled the back end of their defense, specifically their cornerbacks. With the emergence of young, promising players such as Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis, and the health issues of the aging Scandrick, the move makes a lot of sense.
In fact, after the Cowboys drafted Awuzie in the second round of last year's draft it was rumored the Cowboys were looking to move Scandrick for extra draft picks. Instead, one year later, they have cut him to save some cap room.
Orlando Scandrick should have a market to find a new team elsewhere, but his time in Dallas has now come to a close.
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