Dallas Cowboys rookie wide receiver Ryan Switzer has dynamic return ability, but his fearlessness in that role led to a critical mistake on Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams.
Switzer muffed a punt that eventually led to a Rams touchdown in a game that ended in a 35-30 defeat for the Cowboys. And his response to his mistake certainly came off as slightly cavalier.
“I had a good read on the ball,” Switzer said according to Clarence Hill, Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I judged it well. It was just one of those instances where as soon as I had it, I took my eyes off to kind of assess where I was and I didn’t end up possessing it cleanly.
“It’s not the first time I’ve done it and it won’t be the last. Obviously it’s a big play in the game but I thought we bounced back well.”
Switzer later clarified the comment through the Cowboys, according to Hill, claiming that he simply meant that mistakes happen to every player. However, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett also made it clear that the expectation was for Switzer to field these punts cleanly.
Ultimately, Switzer is correct. Everybody makes mistakes and his wasn’t the only one the Cowboys made in the loss on Sunday.
However, that role requires a certain amount of care, just as his post-game comments did. So the expectation moving forward is certainly that he’s smarter with those decisions.
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