After his world got 'flipped upside down,' Ryan Switzer ecstatic about opportunity with Raiders


After his world got 'flipped upside down,' Ryan Switzer ecstatic about opportunity with Raiders

The Dallas Cowboys drafted Ryan Switzer in last year’s fourth round, creating a realistic expectation he’d wear the star through his rookie contract at least.

That’s why a late April call from Jerry Jones came as such a shock. The North Carolina product was headed to the mall with his wife when his life changed by news that he had been traded to the Raiders for defensive lineman Jihad Ward right after the 2018 NFL draft.

“Just the snap of the fingers and your world gets flipped upside down,” Switzer said June 13, during Raiders minicamp. “It is the nature of this business. I’m understanding that. Ultimately, I realized that everything happens for a reason. I’m here where I’m supposed to be and happy to be here.”

Moving is never fun. Having a spouse forced to change jobs isn’t ideal.

Neither was his offensive role in Dallas.

The dynamic receiver and return man was stuck behind Cole Beasley in the slot rotation, with several ahead of him on the depth chart. He was targeted seven times as a rookie, with just six receptions for 41 yards to his credit.

He was a special teams stalwart and the Cowboys’ return man.

Switzer will be a special teams fixture again in Oakland, but the North Carolina product has a real chance to impact Jon Gruden’s offense. That opportunity was enhanced during a standout offseason program where he often worked with the first unit.

“Ryan Switzer has really caught my eye,” Gruden said, unprompted. “Switzer has come in here and not only been a punt returner, kick returner, he’s come in and been a force as a slot receiver. He’s really done well.”

That praise came after a solid spring, which must be succeeded by quality in training camp and preseason games.

Switzer has worn silver and black since May, with time to analyze this change of scenery. It’s clearly the best thing for him.

“No question. I’m ecstatic to be here, especially on the offensive side of the ball,” Switzer said. “I think you look at the great slot receivers in this league and all of them have got great outside guys around you. That’s what makes the middle of the field so deadly, is when you’ve got outside receivers who can put pressure, not only on corners but safeties. That leaves me to deal with nickel (cornerbacks) and linebackers. We’ve got a plethora of them. We’ve got All-Pro’s on the outside. I think it’s going to be special for me here. I’m looking forward to helping this team win and contributing.”

Raiders inactives: Trent Brown, Zay Jones unavailable vs. Packers


Raiders inactives: Trent Brown, Zay Jones unavailable vs. Packers

GREEN BAY, Wisc. – The Raiders offensive line just can’t get right. They finally got Gabe Jackson back after the guard missed the first five games, only to lose star right tackle Trent Brown for Sunday’s Week 7 game against the Green Bay Packers.

He suffered a calf strain during Monday’s practice, the first workout after the bye week.

Brown was unavailable Wednesday and Thursday. He was limited Friday but didn’t look ready to play at that point. The days after that didn’t help enough to make him active here at Lambeau Field.

David Sharpe will start in his place. Brandon Parker will be the swing tackle. That could spell trouble against Packers edge rushers Preston Smith and Za'Darius Smith. 

That’s not the only significant blow the Raiders must absorb. They didn’t deem new receiver Zay Jones ready to go after roughly two weeks prep in the Raiders offense.

The Raiders acquired Jones from Buffalo in trade on Oct. 7 and gave him a crash course in their scheme, but he wasn’t prepped enough to handle the snap count required of an active receiver.

The Silver and Black are weak at that spot, going with Trevor Davis, Keelan Doss, Marcell Ateman and Hunter Renfrow. Dwayne Harris will miss his fourth straight game dealing with an ankle injury.

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All told, the Raiders have Brown, Jones, Tyrell Williams, edge rusher Arden Key, cornerback Keiseasn Nixon and quarterback DeShone Kizer inactive for this one.

Meanwhile, the Packers will get two of their receivers back as both Geronimo Allison and Marquez Valdes-Scantling will be active.

NFL rumors: Antonio Brown's $30 million grievance vs. Raiders hits snag


NFL rumors: Antonio Brown's $30 million grievance vs. Raiders hits snag

Antonio Brown is looking to get paid without ever suiting up for the Raiders, but it looks like his case has hit a snag. 

The troubled receiver filed multiple grievances against the Raiders in an attempt to recoup the $30 million in guaranteed money he lost when Oakland released him prior to the beginning of the season.

However, it appears Raiders owner Mark Davis kept the receipts. The Raiders submitted text message Brown sent to Davis that show Brown requesting his release from the Raiders, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported Sunday.

Tough look for AB.

Brown's short tenure with the Raiders was littered with insanity.

He arrived at training camp in Napa via hot air balloon. But the four-time All-Pro immediately was ruled out with a foot ailment that turned out to be frostbite from a cryochamber. Even once his feet healed, Brown rarely saw the field as he sat out due to multiple grievances with the NFL over the league's new helmet policy requiring him to wear a helmet that actually would protect his brain from the trauma inflicted on it while on the field.

After missing walkthroughs and practices due to his helmet issue, Raiders general manager Mike Mayock issued several fines to Brown, causing the receiver to confront Mayock at practice in a heated altercation that reportedly saw Brown call Mayock a "cracker" and threaten to punch him.

Days later, Brown took to Instagram after another fine that voided the guaranteed money in his contract.

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The Raiders capitulated and Brown signed on with the Patriots and played one game for New England before being released amidst sexual assault allegations. Brown's former trainer, Britney Taylor, filed a federal civil lawsuit against Brown accusing the receiver of sexually assaulting her on three different occasions. An anonymous woman then told Sports Illustrated that Brown made unwanted sexual advances toward her, to which the receiver responded by sending her menacing and threatening text messages. The Patriots released Brown the next day.

Brown filed multiple grievances against both the Raiders and Patriots in an attempt to receive all the money he believes he is owed. But it appears he won't be getting that $30 million from the Silver and Black.