Is it time for the Dallas Cowboys to move on from slot receiver Cole Beasley, and invest time into Ryan Switzer?
Dallas Morning News columnist Tim Cowlishaw and panelist on ESPN's "Around the Horn," answered questions about the Cowboys during a live chat recently.
Question: Is it time to say goodbye to Cole Beasley and move Ryan Switzer into the full-time slot receiver role?
Cowlishaw: I don't think so. I think it's time to figure out what happened to Beasley this season, why his targets dropped so drastically and what defenses did to make that happen. Switzer's fine as a return guy but we haven't seen enough of him in the offense to just dump Beasley. He doesn't make enough money to make that a necessity.
Question: Did Ryan Switzer do enough in 2017 to cement his spot as the primary punt/kick returner next season or should the Cowboys keep looking?
Cowlishaw: He's more than fine as the return man. But we have to realize that position has been diminished in importance in today's game. Most kickoffs are touchbacks, so you don't get a lot of returns. Punters have become much more adept at kicking the ball high (and still long) and forcing fair catches. So there aren't that many punt returns, either. It's good to have someone who can do it, but it's not the same need it was 20 years ago.