Steelers Trade for Oakland WR Switzer

Return specialist to provide depth to special teams

Josh Rowntree
August 27, 2018 - 4:10 pm
Oakland Raiders wide receiver Ryan Switzer (15) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at Oakland Coliseum.

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The Steelers have traded a fifth-round pick to Oakland for wide receiver and kick return specialist Ryan Switzer, as well as a 2019 sixth-round pick.

Switzer, a Charleston, West Virginia native who excelled at North Carolina, was a fourth-round draft pick of the Cowboys in 2017. 

“[We’re] just continuing to build our football team and trying to be strong in all areas,” Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin said.

Dallas traded Switzer to Oakland this offseason, but he had fallen down the receiving depth chart with the Raiders, making only one catch in this preseason.

As a rookie in 2017, Switzer caught just six passes for 41 yards. He returned 29 punts, one for a touchdown, with an average of 8.8 yards per return. He also fielded 24 kickoffs. 

In four years at Carolina, Switzer had 2,903 yards and 19 receiving touchdowns. He also returned seven punts for scores, including a pair as a Freshman against Pitt. 

“He’s a dual return man and slot receiver of note,” Tomlin added. “A guy that we evaluated prior to the draft. He was down there with [Mitch] Trubisky at UNC. Caught a lot of balls on offense, was a dangerous return man over the course of his career.

“We’ll put him in this mix with these guys and hopefully get him ready to go here on Thursday night.”

To make room for Switzer, the Steelers released wide receiver Justin Thomas. 

The Starkey and Mueller Show reacted to the news of the trade once the terms became official and Joe Starkey absolutely LOVED the move!  Click the audio below to hear why.