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Should WR Ryan Switzer Sit Out The Final 2 Preseason Games?

Brian Martin

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Should WR Ryan Switzer Sit Out The Final 2 Preseason Games?
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With just two preseason games remaining for the Dallas Cowboys, there are still quite a few players anxious to get on the field in order to make a case for themselves to make the final 53-man roster. Wide receiver Ryan Switzer falls into that category after missing the previous three games due to a hamstring injury, but would it be wise on the Cowboys part to sit him for the remaining two?

A lot of Cowboys Nation have really high hopes for the Cowboys rookie fourth-round draft pick, but unfortunately we have yet to see what he can bring to the table in his first year in the league. No one really knows what kind of role he will have as a rookie or even how he should be best utilized. He is still somewhat of an enigma unfortunately.

Even though Ryan Switzer missed the first three preseason games for the Dallas Cowboys, the coaching staff should already have a pretty good idea of his strengths and weaknesses as a player. Switzer received some invaluable playing time earlier in the off-season when Cole Beasley was out dealing with a hamstring injury of his own. Those practice reps alone might just be enough to exclude him from the two remaining preseason games.

WR Ryan Switzer

WR Ryan Switzer

If you can’t tell by now, I’m in favor of the Cowboys taking the cautious approach with Ryan Switzer by holding him out until Week 1 against the New York Giants. I just don’t think there’s anything to gain in these upcoming preseason games and I’ll tell you why.

First off, he is just now returning to practice and hasn’t even really been a full participant yet. There’s no need to rush him back from a hamstring injury, because those can sometimes linger throughout the season if not allowed the proper time to heal.

Secondly, this week’s matchup against the Oakland Raiders is going to be the “dress rehearsal” game for the Cowboys. That means the starting offense will likely play the entire first half, which means Switzer likely won’t see the field until the final two quarters, except for maybe as a returner.

Switzer is already expected to be the primary return man in 2017. I don’t think he really needs to prove anything in a game situation that he hasn’t already in practice as a returner. That’s especially true considering the special teams units could possibly be made up of players that won’t to be on the roster when everything is said and done.

WR Ryan Switzer

WR Ryan Switzer

Now, I know any playing time he does receive on offense is beneficial to his development and allows him to get a feel for the speed of the NFL. But, he would likely be out there with either Kellen Moore or Cooper Rush at QB, with very little practice time with either. Slot WRs and QBs need a healthy working relationship to succeed, something Switzer probably hasn’t developed with either Moore or Rush.

You could make the argument that the final preseason game would be a better time to allow him to get his feet wet, but I couldn’t disagree more. The fourth preseason game is used by the coaching staff in order to get one last chance to analyze the bubble players and Ryan Switzer is far from a bubble player.

I believe Ryan Switzer’s roster spot is safe, so I don’t see any reason why he needs to get on the field at all the preseason. I would personally allow him a little more time to fully recuperate from his hamstring injury to ensure he is available to start the 2017 season.

He may be nothing more than a return specialist as a rookie, but that’s an area the Cowboys have needed an upgrade at for a few years now. It’s not like they have a lot of options there and Switzer might just end up being one of the best this season in the NFL. He certainly was in college as a Tar Heel.

Should Ryan Switzer play the final 2 preseason games?

 

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5 Comments
  • tom

    agree with caution as Beas is slot in 11 personnel and switzer main contribution is PR and jet sweep, max 10 snaps per game

    • ThePsychodad69

      Switzer can play inside or outside, putting him in formation and sending him deep, while Dez runs the jet, woof….

      Oh and he was a RB so I expect to see him in the backfield also. I heard they have a package with GathersSwitzSmith.

  • dallas1966

    Brian, I wholeheartedly agree with you, regarding Switzer. We need to keep him under wraps, until the regular season starts.

  • Randy Martin

    Do I want to see him? Absolutely! However, you make a valid point. But remember, his tender hamstrings didn’t come about through game action, it came about through practice. Don’t negate the fact that he will not see serious game action with the 1’s. I don’t view him at all as a backup. There are only 11 starters and he is not one of them but he is a package guy that I think you will see get about 15 snaps a game in addition to return duties. So from the standpoint of “tipping your hat” I’d rather defenses don’t get a look at how he will be paired with Beasley.

  • ThePsychodad69

    This goes for all the nicked up players, we’ve seen what happens when they aren’t 100%. Austin, Lee, Claiborne, Free, Dez, Dunbar, Scandrick have each taken lingering injuries into the season and been shelved during the toughest parts of our schedule.

    I don’t want to see them on the bench wk10, when a extra 2-3 wks now gives them 16-19 games later. Going into wk12 on a roll means more than seeing them in preseason.

    I say wrap the O in bubble wrap and grab the packing peanuts, Dak looks like Dak, OL is making pancakes and rearranging DLs, Dez is beasting, WittenSquirrel are still open and we have a running game.

    You want to put the defense out for a half, I get that but since the starters have been here, no need to play LeeCollins or any other dinged up player. Perfect time to find your back-ups, most of this roster is a lock, no better way to find another diamond in the rough. Bubble DLLBDBs can make a better statement running with NFL players for a game instead of clerks and warehouse workers in preseason game 5.

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Is 3-3 Without Ezekiel Elliott A Win For Dallas?

Kevin Brady

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Cowboys 2017 Roster Projection: Preseason Week 2
Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

It’s funny how quickly perception can change in the NFL.

A little over two weeks ago, the sky was falling on the Dallas Cowboys. They had just been blown out three straight times, twice at home and twice against direct NFC playoff competitors. Cowboys Nation wanted firings – whether that meant head coach Jason Garrett, Scott Linehan, Rod Marinelli, or all of the above.

Dak Prescott couldn’t survive without Ezekiel Elliott, and all of the change made to the defense was beginning to be called a failure by the masses.

Fast forward to this week. The Cowboys have now been the deliverers of butt-kickings the last two weeks, and now sit at 7-6 with an outside chance at a playoff spot. And while the team looked like a complete mess without Elliott previously, a win Sunday would put them at 3-3 over the course of the Pro Bowl running back’s suspension.

And is that really all that bad?

Heading into the suspension, most fans probably would’ve taken 3-3 without Elliott and 8-6 overall. Most fans would’ve though that would put the Cowboys right in the thick of the things in the NFC playoff hunt. And most would’ve assumed we’d be happy with an 8-6 Cowboys team.

Unfortunately, 8-6 most likely won’t be good enough in this year’s playoff race. Especially considering the return of Aaron Rodgers and previous losses to both the Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Falcons. Plus, the entire NFC South has been fantastic this season (besides Tampa Bay) and two teams from the West look legit as well.

So maybe this just isn’t the Cowboys’ year. But, the success of other teams in the conference shouldn’t cloud our perception of what the Cowboys have done this season if they were to win Sunday night. A win over the Raiders this week would qualify the team’s handling of the Elliott suspension as a “success” of sorts (in terms of on the field, at least) in my opinion.

They would have kept themselves alive in a deep NFC playoff race, discovered a legitimate offensive weapon in Rod Smith, maintained a solid rushing attack over the majority of the six games, and allowed for some real growth from their young quarterback Dak Prescott.

I know the first three games of the suspension were awful, and a team with the talent of the Cowboys shouldn’t be losing that way three times in a row, or three times in a season at all. But, something should be said about how the team has weathered that storm, and kept themselves above water in this competitive conference.

But, of course, the result Sunday night could change all of this if the Cowboys come out and lay an egg in Oakland, effectively ending their season before Zeke even gets back. In that case we will more vividly remember the three horrific losses in which the team was out-coached and embarrassed. But, still those games should be remembered regardless of Sunday’s outcome.

So maybe success is a bit of a strong word.

This week’s game is not only a huge one in terms of the 2017 playoff race, but also may be an important one for determining what the 2018 Cowboys will look like.

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Do We Know What The 2017 Dallas Cowboys Are Capable Of?

Mauricio Rodriguez

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For the Dallas Cowboys, the playoffs have begun a bit earlier. After putting themselves in a tough position, they need to win out in order to have a shot at playing in January… and even then, they need a ton of outside help to make it.

Less than a year ago, we saw the Cowboys become the #1 seed in the conference with a 13-3 record under rookie QB Dak Prescott. So naturally, it’s fair to say that the fact that after 14 weeks the record of this football team is 7-6 is very disappointing.

Some have even questioned, are they even worthy of being a playoffs team? 

Despite suffering from some key injuries and well… suspensions, the Cowboys shouldn’t be left off the hook. Players and coaches should be blamed. But even still, it’s hard to believe that Dallas wouldn’t have win at least one more game with Tyron Smith, Sean Lee or Ezekiel Elliott available.

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I’m convinced that if Zeke hadn’t been suspended, the Cowboys would at least have one more win. If that were the case, we probably wouldn’t be suffering thinking about what combinations would get our favorite team in the postseason.

All of this makes me wonder… Do we know what this team is capable of? 

I think not. Let’s take a quick look at the games Dallas has lost this year.

  • @ DEN Broncos 
  • vs LA Rams (No Sean Lee, Cowboys’ defense allowed 35 points)
  • vs GB Packers (No Sean Lee, Cowboys’ defense allowed 28 points)
  • @ ATL Falcons (No Tyron Smith, no Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys scored seven points)
  • vs PHI Eagles (No Tyron Smith, no Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys scored nine points)
  • vs LA Chargers (No Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys scored six points)

I believe in the “next man up” mentality. But not when you’re talking about going from Tyron Smith, who is arguably the best LT in the league to Chaz Green and Byron Bell. Sure, the coaching staff should’ve made a change earlier when Green was getting Dak killed, but Bell wasn’t much better.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not trying to make excuses for this football team at all. In fact, it’s the same thing when you take a look at wins. Through 14 weeks, the Cowboys have just been able to beat one NFL team with a winning record: The Kansas City Chiefs. The thing is, despite being 7-6, the Chiefs are 2-8 since week 6. I’m not sure I’d qualify that as a winning team.

We haven’t seen this team face a strong, winning opponent and actually beat them. The Cowboys have one more game to win without Zeke, and then they’ll be on to face the Seattle Seahawks. If Dallas gets to that game with an 8-6 record, the outcome of the Seattle game could define the Cowboys’ 2017 season.

With Ezekiel Elliott, Sean Lee and Tyron Smith all ready to go, it’d be the first time this year we see the Cowboys go against a quality opponent with all of their star players. Will this defining game come too late? Perhaps. It’s no secret that the Cowboys need a ton of outside help in order to get into the playoffs with 10-6 record.

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Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten #82, QB Dak Prescott #4. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

But at least, it’d be nice to see our team at least doing the job they can control and winning out. Even if it’d be painful to see them go 10-6 and still miss the playoffs… as fans, we probably want to see them doing their job.

For now though, it’s all about the Oakland Raiders. One more week without Ezekiel Elliott. After surviving a trap game against the Giants, the Cowboys must do the same again as they prepare to face a football team that has also been disappointing this season but still has dangerous play-makers, such as Derek Carr.

And then, we might find out just how good the 2017 Dallas Cowboys really are.

Tell me what you think about “Do We Know What The 2017 Dallas Cowboys Are Capable Of?” in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!

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Should Cowboys Be Concerned About Ezekiel Elliott Long-Term?

Brian Martin

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Should Cowboys Be Concerned About Ezekiel Elliott's Future?

It’s funny how quickly some players are able to establish themselves as professional athletes and grow their fan base. That is exactly what Ezekiel Elliott has done in just a little over a years time since becoming a member of the Dallas Cowboys. Unfortunately, given his current situation, it’s that fan base that might be starting to turn on him a little and doubt his long-term future in the NFL.

Unless you have been living under a rock, you are fully aware of the six-game suspension the NFL slapped Ezekiel Elliott with based on nothing more than accusations of possible domestic violence. Right or wrong, guilty or innocent, it happened and there is no taking it back. But unfortunately, because of the suspension Elliott will now have to walk the straight and narrow if he wants to have any kind of career in the NFL.

I honestly don’t think Ezekiel Elliott is a bad guy, but the slightest slip up will more than likely put his career in jeopardy. It doesn’t matter how big or small the infraction, the NFL has already decided they are going to make an example of him.

RB Ezekiel ElliottFrom here on out, Elliott is going to have to live like he is under a magnifying glass. Any kind of slip up, big or small, will likely cause the league to suspend him an entire season. This unfortunately has been weighing on the minds of a lot of Cowboys Nation and has to be at least a little bit concerning for the Cowboys organization.

You see, the Dallas Cowboys have Elliott under contract for at least three more years after this season. He has already proven how important he is to the offense and how much production dips without him in the lineup. They absolutely want him on the field because he makes them better. But, any kind of slip up would pretty much erase one of those three years. Look no further than what has happened with Randy Gregory.

I’ve heard many fans voicing their concerns about Ezekiel Elliott’s long-term availability with the Cowboys. They are afraid Elliott’s immaturity will end up getting the best of him and Zeke unfortunately has done nothing to ease those concerns so far.

I for one am not all that concerned about Zeke’s future in the NFL. I think his six-game suspension has served as an eye-opening experience and that he will do better from here on out to put himself in better situations and surround himself with better/more trustworthy people.

Dak Prescott, Ezekiel ElliottYou can see anytime Zeke is on the field his passion for the game and how much he enjoys it. I don’t think he’s going to put something he cares so much about in jeopardy. But unfortunately, he already has a bull’s-eye on his back and can’t afford to take a misstep. That will without a doubt put his future career in jeopardy.

I personally can’t wait to see how #21 responds when he is able to suit up once again next week against the Seattle Seahawks. I think he is going to play with a chip on his shoulder and run angry. That is the best way he can stick it to the league for suspending him based on accusations and another reason why I’m not concerned about his future in the NFL.

I know if it was me, my mindset would be to turn myself into the best player possible and once again become one of the more popular athletes in the league. That is about the only way he can say “F U” to the league, and I think that’s exactly what he will do.

Are you concerned about Ezekiel Elliott long-term?

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