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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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The Cowboys Blueprint for Success has been Set

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Monday Morning Hangover: Cowboys Dominate Jaguars Top-Ranked Defense 1

The Cowboys victory against the Jaguars was a reminder to everyone just how good Dak Prescott & Co. can be. They ran and threw all over the Jaguars defense like they were high school level. It was a one-sided, lambs to the slaughter type of game.

At the end of the game, it left all of us wondering, "where has this team been all year?"

Throughout the season, the Cowboys showed both dominance and incompetence on the offensive side of the football. One game the team moves the ball up and down the field with ease, the next game the offense looks inept. Last Sunday’s game versus Jacksonville shows that Dallas can be successful the rest of the season, if they continue to play as such.

Run the ball

This team was built to run the football. Look at the offensive line, their type of tight ends, their quarterback, and of course Ezekiel Elliott.

The line is full of first round talent, the tight ends are block-first types (sans Rico Gathers), Dak Prescott gives them another dimension with the mobile ability in and out of the pocket, and Elliott is one of if not the best running back in the league.

The concept of running the football should not be lost on this team.

If they let Elliott run 20 or more times per game, allow Prescott to run outside of the pocket and not just be a stand-still passer, and mix in some of Rod Smith and Tavon Austin (when healthy) to give their main runner a break, they can run on anyone.

Let Dak Move Around

What makes Dak Prescott so special to this team isn’t just his leadership, but also his ability to extend plays. He stays in the pocket if he has to but he’s so skilled outside with his legs. Zone read, play action, tuck and run, throw on the run, etc., any excuse to get Dak Prescott on the move is a plus. Defenses respect his ability to move so much that the Cowboys receivers get open more as a result.

The worst thing a coaching staff can do to a mobile quarterback is to keep him standing still when he can do so much more with his feet. Don’t buy a Corvette and keep it locked up in the garage. The best way for Dak Prescott to stay consistent and succeed as a passer is to let Dak be Dak.

Keep Blitzing

The Cowboys have found a serious advantage that they’ve lacked in years past. Led by DeMarcus Lawrence and Jaylon Smith, the Cowboys have 18 sacks through the first six games of the season.

Throw in the contributions of players like Taco Charlton, Tyrone Crawford, and Randy Gregory, among others, and you’ve got the deepest pass rush the Cowboys have had in years.

The team is 7th in the league in sacks and there seems to be no sign of stopping and no shortage of players who can get to the quarterback. These numbers look like they’ll only go up from here and with the amount of players the Cowboys have to do so, Jacksonville looks like it was only a taste of what’s to come.

Creative Play Calling

A little more than a week ago Jerry Jones stated that the Cowboys offense looked similar to the L.A. Rams - a hilarious notion by most accounts, right?

The Cowboys offensive scheme had been mocked all season for being both predictable and out of date. I’m not sure how many times you can run a three tight end set and expect success when it hadn't happened yet.

The team would run then throw on first and second downs, and depending on yardage, would set up a predictable third down attempt.

Against Jacksonville, we saw more read option than we’ve seen all year. Dak Prescott was vintage. His ability to move the ball with his legs made the secondary shaky against the Cowboys receivers - especially Cole Beasley - and that opened up the playbook.

Ezekiel Elliott couldn’t be stopped and just about every receiver got in on the action. Even rookie receiver Michael Gallup got in and showed some of what Cowboy fans had been waiting for.

Hopefully, that game showed just how dangerous the Cowboys can be when they are unpredictable and let their quarterback be himself. If they game planned for today the same as they did against the Jaguars, the rest of the season will be much more winnable.



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Cowboys en Español: ¿Dónde Tiene Que Mejorar Dallas?

Mauricio Rodriguez

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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly for Cowboys Against Jaguars

El mejor juego de los Dallas Cowboys en 2018 vino la semana pasada, cuando recibieron a los Jacksonville Jaguars y los vencieron 40-7. Un resultado que tomó a todos por sorpresa demostró la mejor cara en el año de este equipo que apenas tiene un récord de 3-3.

Por más dominantes que se vieron en el emparrillado el domingo pasado, esa actuación no termina de reflejar lo que realmente son los Cowboys. Son un equipo con potencial en la ofensiva y con una defensiva bastante fuerte, pero ¿pueden ganar constantemente como lo hicieron contra Jaguars?

De entrada, la respuesta a esta pregunta parece ser no. Aún en esa victoria, se vieron problemas evidentes en la ofensiva. Para empezar, la falta de ejecución en la segunda mitad en series ofensivas que incluso llegaron a iniciar en territorio enemigo. De gol de campo en gol de campo se juntan puntos, sin duda, pero en partidos cerrados eso termina costando victorias. Hace falta que Dak Prescott y compañía puedan mover el balón una vez en rango de gol de campo y convertir esas oportunidades a touchdowns.

Otra preocupación que no podemos subestimar es que el juego aéreo sigue sin funcionar apropiadamente. Cole Beasley dominó con nueve atrapadas para 101 yardas y dos touchdowns, pero el resto de los receptores se fueron sin  más de una recepción por cabeza. El único jugador que logró más de una fue el TE Geoff Swaim, quien se llevo dos en todo el juego.

Si bien Beasley tuvo uno de los mejores juegos en su carrera, más receptores tienen que involucrarse para llevar la ofensiva al siguiente nivel. La buena noticia es que en esta ocasión se enfrentaron contra una de las mejores secundarias en la NFL. Los números son malos, pero tienen la oportunidad de demostrar mucho más contra otras defensivas.

Los Dallas Cowboys tienen que repartir más la bola y seguir buscando maneras creativas de utilizar a su RB Ezekiel Elliott. Pases pantallas en tercera y largo no es ser creativo. Lo vemos funcionar dos o tres veces al año pero mandan esta jugada semanalmente. En cuanto a Dak Prescott, hay mucho donde mejorar. Deberíamos estar viendo pases más arriesgados, al centro del campo y mucho mejor posicionados.

Sean's Scout: Measuring Randy Gregory's Potential Impact on Cowboys Defense

Para la defensiva, las cosas se ven muy bien. Puede que veamos la mejor versión de esta unidad esta semana, cuando viajen a Washington. Maliek Collins, Sean Lee, David Irving, y Randy Gregory estarán jugando mucho más sanos y preparados. Este es un frente defensivo lleno de talento que intimidará constantemente a Alex Smith este domingo.

A pesar de que los Redskins no tienen una ofensiva muy explosiva, el área de oportunidad principal para la defensiva de Cowboys está en la profundidad defensiva. Tanto Jeff Heath como Xavier Woods han hecho un trabajo decente, pero tienen sus momentos en los que no logran asegurar una tackleada y permiten jugadas largas.

Hace unos meses no esperábamos que fuera la defensiva y no la ofensiva la que cargaría a este equipo a muchas victorias, pero ese ha sido el caso en las tres victorias de esta temporada. Y en las tres derrotas, la defensiva fue la que mantuvo a los Cowboys en el juego.

Sin duda alguna, lo que tiene que mejorar es la ofensiva. Los receptores tienen que desmarcarse, Prescott debe ser más preciso y tener una mejor conciencia en la bolsa de protección.

Pero sobre todo, es la inconsistencia del equipo. Esto se comienza a sentir como la temporada del año pasado, cuando los Cowboys se fueron 9-7 y nunca terminaron de establecerse como contendientes a los playoffs. Aún en una NFC East donde todos los equipos tienen récords similares y débiles, no pueden continuar perdiendo una semana y  ganando a la otra.

Ganarle a los Redskins sería la primera victoria de Dallas jugando de visita. También sería la primera vez en el año en la que tendrían victorias consecutivas. Por esto y muchas otras razones, incluyendo el potencial liderato de la división, este juego es de suma importancia.

Si ganan, podría ser el momento en el que los Cowboys terminen de darle la vuelta a la página y si pierden, podría ser un indicador de que esta temporada será igual que la del 2017.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: ¿Dónde Tiene Que Mejorar Dallas?" in the comments below, or tweet me @MauNFL 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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Time to get FB Jamize Olawale More Involved Offensively?

Brian Martin

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Time to get FB Jamize Olawale More Involved Offensively?

The Dallas Cowboys are coming off arguably their best and most complete offensive performance of the season after playing the Jacksonville Jaguars last week, but there is still quite a bit of improvement that can be made. The need to get more playmakers involved is apparent, which is why I think it's time to utilize Fullback Jamize Olawale's unique skill set.

I know many of you will argue that getting Allen Hurns and Michael Gallup going is a higher priority, and you wouldn't be wrong, but Jamize Olawale's playmaking ability could be a huge asset for Quarterback Dak Prescott and the offense. I know it sounds a little strange, but hang in there with me for little bit.

As things stand right now, Olawale has only played 38 offensive snaps (10%) in 2018. That's the exact amount of offensive plays Wide Receiver Terrance Williams has played this year and he's missed the majority of the season. It's not exactly the kind of production I was expecting when the Cowboys decided to bring him aboard via trade with the Oakland Raiders earlier this offseason.

I don't know about you, but I was expecting Olawale to be more involved in the offensive game plan. He is an excellent receiver out of the backfield and isn't too shabby as a runner either. But, we haven't seen him utilized in either fashion this season and I think that's an injustice that needs to be corrected.

Now, I fully understand there are other offensive weapons ahead of him in the pecking order who need to see more targets, but I also really think he can make a difference maker, especially in the passing game. That is where his strengths lie, not as a lead blocking fullback.

Jamize Olawale

Dallas Cowboys FB Jamize Olawale

Olawale was a bit of a Swiss Army knife during his time with the Oakland Raiders. He played a little running back, fullback, tight end, and even a little slot receiver. I really thought the Cowboys would take advantage of his versatility in the passing game, but as of yet they have failed to do so.

I'd like to see the Dallas Cowboys and Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan utilize Jamize Olawale's unique playmaking ability a little bit more on offense. I think they should try to utilize him like the San Francisco 49ers use their fullback, Kyle Juszczyk. He's much more involved and has played a total of 263 offensive snaps (63.68%) this year.

Juszczyk is a better lead blocking FB then Olawale, but that's not where he makes the most difference in the 49ers offense. He does it as a receiver and has already caught 17 passes for 227 yards and one touchdown. That's some pretty solid production from a position that is being phased out in the NFL.

Now, just imagine the Cowboys offense getting similar production from Olawale and how that would help open up things for everybody else. It's not out of the realm of possibility because the 49ers offense and the Cowboys isn't all that dissimilar.

Unfortunately, I think Jamize Olawale is pretty much an afterthought in the Cowboys offense right now. It's truly unfortunate because I think he can be a difference maker if given the opportunity. And with a division foe like the Washington Redskins next on the schedule, what better time to unleash a new and unseen element of the offense?

Do you think Jamize Olawale needs to be more involved offensively?



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