The Dallas Cowboys clearly had a specific role in mind for Ryan Switzer when they drafted him 133rd overall in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Come to find out, that role didn't include being involved much on the offensive side of the ball, at least not as a rookie.
After watching the way the Cowboys utilized Ryan Switzer in 2017, it's pretty obvious the sole purpose he was drafted was to improve the special-teams play in the return game.
They clearly didn't envision him being a part of the game plan on offense, despite the continuous outcry from fans.
Like most rookies, Ryan Switzer didn't really get off to a fast start, and took a while to get used to the speed of the NFL. But, once he calmed his nerves and regained his confidence, he proved to be an upgrade in the return game.
Switzer ended up ranking third in kickoff returns, averaging 25 yards per return in 2017 and 12th in punt returns with almost 9 yards per return.
He also became the first Dallas Cowboys player to return a punt for a touchdown since 2013. He accomplished this against the Washington Redskins, in Week 13 when he took an 83-yarder to the house.
Surprisingly enough, using Ryan Switzer solely as a return specialist wasn't enough for a lot of Cowboys Nation. A lot of fans wanted to see his talents utilized more on the offensive side of the ball as well, but were only left disappointed.
Getting Switzer involved in the offensive game plan just wasn't in the cards in 2017.
He only managed to catch six passes for 41 yards and rushed four times for 5 yards. This isn't exactly what Cowboys fans envisioned after hearing Switzer was opening a lot eyes in training camp and organized team activities (OTAs). That was the main problem.
He was hyped up so much heading into the season that fans expected to see him involved much more on offense.
The Cowboys, on the other hand, had something else in mind, but I doubt that's the case for the upcoming 2018 season.
I really think we're going to see an increased role for Ryan Switzer next season.
The Cowboys coaching staff should have a much better understanding of his strengths and weaknesses now that he has a year in the system under his belt. And, they've seen firsthand how explosive he can be with the ball in his hands.
What the Cowboys coaching staff will have to determine this offseason is just how big of a role Switzer will have next year.
Should Switzer take Cole Beasley's job?
Cole Beasley, like the rest of the Cowboys receivers, had a down year in 2017. We shouldn't assume that his job is safe, especially with someone like Ryan Switzer waiting in the wings. But, is Switzer ready to take over full-time?
Tough decisions will have to be made eventually, but such is life in the NFL.