An Offseason to Forget

By Lindsey Jones
Texas Rangers and Dallas Cowboys Writer

The Dallas Cowboys have been making the news in all the wrong ways in the last few weeks.

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Law Nation Film Study: Ryan Switzer

While Switzer is not related to the famous college and NFL head coach of the same surname, Barry Switzer did reach out to the family by phone to see if there was any relation. The two-time West Virginia Gatorade High School Player of the Year was mostly known for his rushing ability (2,379 yards, 32 TD as a senior), but became well-regarded as a receiver and returner during his time in Chapel Hill. Switzer won several All-American and Freshman All-American awards in 2013, as well as first-team All-ACC notice as a specialist, because he tied the NCAA record of five punt returns for touchdowns (24-502, nation-best 20.9 average). He also got his beak wet as a receiver that year (32-341, three TD), though his contributions there increased as a sophomore (61-762, four TD; 37-172 on punt returns). Switzer earned All-American honors again for his punt returns in 2015 (22-302, two TD) but also picked up third-team All-ACC recognition after leading the Tar Heels in receiving (55-697, six TD). His accomplishments as a receiver outweighed those for his return skills (16-106) in his senior year. League coaches named him first-team All-ACC as a receiver in 2016 because he finished tenth in the country with 96 receptions for 1,117 yards and six touchdowns.

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Why Ryan Switzer is More Than a Cole Beasley Insurance Policy in Dallas

By Lindsey Jones
PSDC Cowboys and Rangers Writer

The Cowboys drafted another slot receiver, Ryan Switzer, in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL draft even though their most productive receiver in 2016 was slot receiver Cole Beasley. Switzer and Beasley are very similar receivers and could make the Cowboys offense even more potent than it was last year which ranked fifth in the NFL in total offense with 26.3 points per game.


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Grading the Cowboys 2017 NFL Draft

Coming into this year’s NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys found themselves in a precarious position: despite coming winning 13 games the previous season, their defense, namely the secondary, had lost significant contributors throughout. How would the Cowboys brass respond? By putting together a defense-heavy draft. Darreck Kirby and Brennan Scala of Project Shanks break down each of Dallas’s picks, offering insight and issuing grades.