The Cleveland Browns have signed WR / KR Ryan Switzer to a one-year contract.
If the Cleveland Browns lost Jojo Natson At the beginning of last season they were looking for a former rival as a possible replacement. It was early October when the Browns signed Ryan Switzerwho has spent the past two seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Originally selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft from North Carolina, Switzer was sold to the Raiders after his rookie campaign. However, he never made the 53-man roster and was then traded to Pittsburgh prior to the 2018 campaign.
He stayed in Pittsburgh in 2019, but when he lost his main job with the Steelers to Ray-Ray McCloud, Switzer was released and then signed with the Browns. Despite Natson’s absence, the Swiss never made it into the active squad and spent most of his time with his new team in the injured reserve. Even so, Cleveland saw enough to justify putting him back on a one-year contract.
The Browns sign WR Ryan Switzer (@Switz) to a one-year contract. He reached Cleveland last season and now has another year to continue growing in that system.
– Yates field (@FieldYates) January 22, 2021
For his career, the Swiss has 67 punt returns for 537 yards and a touchdown – which he scored as a rookie for Dallas. Kickoffs has 61 returns for 1,373 yards. While that was the bulk of his touches in the NFL, he has a lot of talent as a distance runner.
Even when this is the case, he has rarely been used consistently on the offensive. His most productive campaign in this regard was in 2018 when he had 253 yards and a touchdown on 36 receptions.
Looking ahead to 2021, Switzerland has to be a special team player if it is to pitch the Cleveland squad.
The problem is, D’Ernest Johnson and Donovan Peoples-Jones have done well in their respective roles as returnees (which is why the Swiss never made it into the active squad despite her return from IR in December), which means that the Swiss face tough competition.