2. Drafting Ryan Switzer
When the Cowboys selected Switzer in the fourth round, it was initially met with mild surprise from the media and fans. On the surface, there seemed to be no need to add another wide receiver after resigning Terrence Williams and Brice Butler. However, this addition could take Dallas’ offense to the next level.
Switzer is the prototypical slot receiver for the modern NFL. He’s quick, shifty, and has a knack for getting open. Additionally, Switzer is one of the most accomplished punt returners in NCAA history. At North Carolina, he returned seven punts back for touchdowns, showing off his impressive return abilities.
Initially, Switzer should be the starting punt returner. Dallas has had an average return game in recent seasons, and he’ll provide a boost. Where Switzer will really shine is in the slot with receiver Cole Beasley. Instead of serving as a backup, Dallas will put both on the field at the same time.
Having two slot receivers on the field may seem redundant, but it allows Dallas to be more dynamic. Switzer and Beasley will dominate the short to intermediate areas of the field, freeing up other receivers. This will take pressure off of Bryant, Williams, and tight end Jason Witten, creating headaches for opposing defenses.
The addition of Switzer gives Dallas more flexibility on offense and makes them better. Its one of their best moves this offseason.