With the season-ending injury to JoJo Natson, the Cleveland Browns are looking for a replacement.
They reportedly are turning to a former division rival in the Pittsburgh Steelers.
According to Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot, the Browns had a visit with former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Ryan Switzer.
Free agent WR Ryan Switzer visited the #Browns today
— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) September 29, 2020
Switzer played for North Carolina in college and was a fourth-round pick of the Dallas Cowboys in 2017.
He also was on the Raiders practice squad before playing for the Steelers in 2018 and ’19.
Switzer’s most significant play for the Steelers came in 2018 when he recorded his first receiving touchdown on a one-yard reception from Ben Roethlisberger.
Later on, in the season, Switzer was placed on injured reserve
The Steelers cut Switzer shortly before the 2020 season.
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin praised Switzer during his time with the Steelers.
“He brings big-time experience to that position. Not only NFL playing experience, but college playing experience,” said Tomlin in mid-August. “… He’s a guy that understands that that’s a niche for him, so he embraces the detail required to be successful there. He’ll continue to carve out his role in this process like everybody else is, but he does bring that unique experience to that position specifically.”
If the Browns were to sign Switzer, he would provide another option to return kickoffs and punts.
Watch for the #Browns to sign WR Ryan Switzer to replace Jo Jo Natson as their returner and extra receiver.
— CLEsportsnews (@jesustony12) September 29, 2020
Rookie wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones and running back D’Ernest Johnson are also candidates.
Johnson filled in for Natson after he left the Washington game on Sunday.
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