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Ryan Switzer is entering his third season and already he has played for three teams. The receiver hopes he has found a home in Pittsburgh after a brief stop in Dallas and an even more brief stint in Oakland.The Cowboys drafted Switzer in the fourth round in 2017. Dallas used him primarily as a return specialist James Conner Jersey , with Switzer seeing only 92 offensive snaps and catching but six passes for 41 yards as a rookie.The Cowboys shipped him to Oakland before last offseason, reuniting him with special teams coach Rich Bisaccia. Switzer, though, lasted only four months with the Raiders before they dealt him to the Steelers the week of the final preseason game.Despite his late arrival to Pittsburgh, Switzer caught 36 passes for 253 yards and a touchdown, while also returning punts and kickoffs last season. “I didn’t surprise myself, but I am sure I surprised others,” Switzer said, via Teresa Varley of the team website. “There was a stigma that was created before I got here that I was just a return guy. It was hard for me because I spent four years in college doing so many things on the offensive side of the ball. A new environment can be good for everybody. To be around an organization that believed in me, a coaching staff that believed in me https://www.thesteelerslockerroom.com/a ... nds-jersey , and players that believed in me. That was the biggest thing. They allowed me to spread my wings, be who I am.“I always knew how to play the receiver position. I think that got lost last year because of a stigma that was they put on me elsewhere as being just a return specialist guy. The Steelers who evaluated me coming out of the draft, they knew the production I had in college. For them to trust that, even though I wasn’t used like that in Dallas, meant a lot. The first week I was here coach [Mike] Tomlin made sure I knew that I wasn’t just here to be a return guy. Throughout the year I grew because of the guys that were around me, the guys I was able to watch. Then I grew because of Ben [Roethlisberger]. He took time with me individually to make sure I was on the same page with him. He took the time to make sure we knew about each other, learned about other, made sure I knew what he wanted, and he knew how I saw things.”With a full offseason with the Steelers, Switzer expects to produce even more in 2019. Continuing to take a look at some lesser known players trying to make a name for themselves Womens Terrell Edmunds Jersey , and claim a roster spot, with the Steelers." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal - WhiteBehind the Steel Curtaina Pittsburgh Steelers communityLog In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsSectionsSteelersOddsShopAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Latest NewsSteelers Film Room2018 NFL Draft AnalysisLatest NewsFiled under:Latest NewsFeatures and Long FormPittsburgh Steelers 2019 Player Profile: Diontae SpencerNew,19commentsContinuing to take a look at some lesser known players trying to make a name for themselves, and claim a roster spot, with the Steelers.EDTShareTweetShareSharePittsburgh Steelers 2019 Player Profile: Diontae SpencerMarc DesRosiers-USA TODAY SportsAfter going undrafted in 2014, Diontae Spencer took part in the Chicago Bears minicamp but left without a contract. He signed with the St. Louis Rams but was only on the roster from May to July. After striking out to make an NFL team, Spencer went north to the Canadian Football League and signed with the Toronto Argonauts. In two seasons he racked up 107 receptions for 1,208 yards and six touchdowns. He accounted for 66 kickoffs and punt returns combined. Spencer shined when he left Toronto for Ottawa before the 2017 season. While playing for the Ottawa Redblacks, he set the all-time CFL record for all-purpose yards with 496 in 2017. Of the 496 yards, 133 were receiving T. J. Watt Jersey White , 165 from kickoffs, and 169 punt return yards. Spencer ended the 2017 season with 70 receptions for 922 yards and six touchdowns. His return skills landed him a spot on the . Spencer ended up with 929 punt return yards and 607 kickoff return yards. Solid stats for a player who is 5-8 and weighs 163 pounds. After the 2017 season, Spencer had a tryout with the Baltimore Ravens but he was not signed to a contract. The former McNeese State product instead resigned with Ottawa and landed on the CFL-East All-Star team once again. Despite catching 81 passes for 1,007 yards with seven touchdowns, he was selected for his return abilities. His combined punt and kick return yardage in 2018 was 1,664 yards with one touchdown. Canadian Football League Stats Year / Rec / Yards / TDs 2015 / 36 / 502 / 3 2016 / 71 / 706 / 3 2017 / 71 / 922 / 6 2018 / 81 / 1,007 / 7 Total: 259 / 3,137 / 19 Year / KO / Yardage 2015 / 27 / 555 2016 / 0 / 0 2017 / 25 / 607 2018 / 38 / 815 Total: 90 / 1977 Year / PR / Yardage 2015 / 6 / 43 2016 / 33 / 341 2017 / 70 / 929 2018 / 82 / 849 Total: 191 / 2162 At 27, Spencer will spend the summer living his dream while being a part of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Spence will need every bit of experience he learned in his time in the CFL along with his blazing 4.34 speed he showcased at his pro day in 2014 if he hopes to make the 53-man roster. To make the roster he will presumably have to do it as a return man. Two players may stand in his way. Ryan Switzer handled every return in 2018 except for two. Switzer’s numbers were not bad, but they were in the replacement level range Terrell Edmunds Jersey White , just outside of the top 10 average in both categories. Third round selection, Wideout and return man, Diontae Johnson role with the Steelers is yet to be seen. With his draft pedigree and college return stats, he will get plenty of opportunities to land either or both return gigs. If Thompson has a tough time transitioning to life in the NFL and Switzer continues to be middle of the road, Spencer could be that dark horse candidate to fill the roles. The CFL is not the NFL but if Spencer showcases his dynamic playmaking ability he showed in Canada the past two seasons, Pittsburgh may be left with some tough choices when the 90 man roster is cut down to 53 depending on if they keep five or six wideouts.
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