Many of us have spent the better part of our free time since Monday night hypothesizing exactly what a Dallas Cowboys offense sans Ezekiel Elliott will look like.
For the second time in three seasons, the Dallas Cowboys have seen bad news in the final days of October befall their primary ball-carrier that dons #21. Enough of that, let’s look forward.
If the Cowboys truly are operating without Zeke (which seems likely) they’ll have to look elsewhere for offensive production. Alfred Morris, Darren McFadden, and Rod Smith have all been suggested as the potential go-tos, and not that they won’t be, but what about Ryan Switzer?
The Cowboys took Switzer with their fourth-round pick back in April. While temperature on the former Tarheel certainly isn’t as red hot as it once was thanks to what he’s done (more like hasn’t) over the first half of the season, he’s still an offensive weapon. (Sidebar Switzer took his gloves off to field punts and left them on during offense, that’s interesting).
The plight that surrounds “we should get Ryan Switzer more involved” is a simple one. Who are you pulling off of the field? You can only operate with 11 men, and it’s hard to justify removing someone like Jason Witten or the aforementioned Elliott. In a Zeke-less world, you don’t have that same issue.
Switzer has a whopping two receptions on the season for a staggering nine yards, watch out defenses. He hasn’t been used all that much in the slot, save for in the Washington game when Cole Beasley was being evaluated for a concussion.
Special teams certainly haven’t been as good as advertised, but Switzer showed promise against the Redskins. His lone catch in the game was a third-down conversion, and I hear those are good.
It’s also worth mentioning that the Cowboys have lined Switzer up in the backfield on a handful of occasions. That’s where Zeke plays, right? If we can’t hand the ball off to him, let’s try literally everyone else a bunch - Switzer included.
While the usage of players like Morris, McFadden, and Smith will certainly increase without Zeke, it stands to reason that it also would/should for Ryan Switzer. He’s a weapon that’s been sort of left in storage because the Cowboys didn’t have that many hands.