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Steelers Film Room: Ryan Switzer’s return

ability was on display in Week 1 Ryan Switzer had to call a moving company for the second time in less than four months due to being traded twice during the offseason. The former North Carolina Tarheel was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in 2017 and then traded to the Oakland Raiders this past April. Switzer didn’t last long on the Raiders’ roster as he was traded on August 27 to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The trade was a 2019 fifth-rounder from Pittsburgh in exchange for Switzer and a 2019 sixth-rounder. In a perfect scenario Mike Hilton Jersey , the Steelers would pick No. 32 and the Raiders No. 1 in the sixth round. The Steelers have used a smattering of players on both kick and punt returns the past few years, with limited success. The knee-jerk reaction after one game — the solution is Switzer.Steelers fans have been clamoring for the team to relieve wideout Antonio Brown from his punt-return duties. Brown, a once talented punt returner, has seen his productivity decline. (I opined about this two years ago.) During this past preseason, Pittsburgh tried out two camp bodies along with cornerback Cameron Sutton in hopes one of them would take the job and flourish. Sutton’s shot at punt-return duties ended against the Tennessee Titans when he fumbled a return. None of the camp bodies shined. The Steelers’ 2017 primary punt returner Joe Haden Jersey , Eli Rogers (PUP list) is still recovering from a torn ACL and is unavailable — forcing the Steelers to look elsewhere. Over the past two seasons, the Black-and-gold used seven different kick returners — only JuJu Smith-Schuster remains on the roster. While JuJu was effective in 2017 (26.7 YPR), the Steelers seem to prefer keeping him strictly on offense and handing the kick-return duties to another player. Steelers fans hope that this never-ending carousel ends with Switzer.Video evidence shows that Switzer just might be the remedy the Steelers have been searching for. Switzer’s first punt return had Steelers fans on their feet cheering with a 22-yard effort. The third punt he returned was only for four yards but, due to his eagerness and not letting the ball bounce — this ensured the Steelers better field position. This punt shows Switzer flipping field position with the Browns. Britton Colquitt boots a punt 45 yards but Switzer returns it for 20 to the Cleveland 39.Was it the rush against Colquitt or the presence of Switzer that led to a brutal 29-yard shank deep into overtime?Two of his kickoff returns show his elusiveness but also his field vision where others failed.Switzer’s 4.51 speed won’t exactly blow the doors off of opponents. But pairing that with his vision and sure-handedness — the Steelers have the makings of the returner they’ve been searching for. So far in this young season, Switzer is seventh in punt return average (11.2 yards) and tenth in kickoffs average (23 yards). Will Switzer be able to maintain or build on those numbers? Steelers Nation remains cautiously optimistic. The 2018 Pittsburgh Steelers’ season has been unique Vance McDonald Jersey , to say the least. After a start which was more about drama and disappointing play than big wins and celebrations, the team has rebounded nicely in the month of October. In fact, after rattling off back-to-back wins against the Atlanta Falcons and Cincinnati Bengals, the Steelers have improved their record to 3-2-1 with a great deal of momentum heading into their Week 7 bye week. But it isn’t just the team who is singing a different tune...so are the fans.Thanks to SB Nation’s FanPulse survey, some of the most tuned-in fans of the black-and-gold have shown they are starting to become believers again. Take a look at the yearly chart below Tyson Alualu Jersey , and you can see just how bad things got after the Week 4 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday Night Football.Even though confidence was at an all-time low for the Steelers, the dominating win over the Falcons, followed by a hard-fought win over the Bengals, the fan base is starting to see this team very well could be turning the corner.After Mike Tomlin declared the team needed to get their ‘September Stench’ off of themselves, they have done just that by winning both of their games in the month of October to date Justin Hunter Jersey , but bigger fish are ready to fry. Coming off the bye, the Steelers will host the Browns at Heinz Field in Week 8, only to be followed by a trip to M&T Bank Stadium to play the Ravens in Week 9. The Carolina Panthers will come to Pittsburgh for a Week 10 Thursday Night Football contest, but it is hard to believe the Steelers will have played 5 of their 6 AFC North division games before Week 10 o the season. The only game left is a Week 17 game at home vs. the Cincinnati Bengals. What is your confidence in this Steelers team? Are you still skeptical? If so, what would it take for you to have genuine faith in the Steelers again? Let us know in the comment section below!

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