Ryan Switzer could be Dak Prescott’s new security blanket

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Ryan Switzer hasn’t been a member of the Dallas Cowboys for more a month, and he is already on a nickname basis with his teammates and catching passes with the first unit.

“I think he’s going to be a good player,” Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott said about Switzer after practice on Wednesday, according to ESPN’s Todd Archer. “He’s a guy that can definitely learn a lot from [Cole] Beasley. They’re definitely similar in their play style. He’s got some stuff to him. Excited just for him to keep learning, getting better watching Bease, watching these other guys.”

In the Cowboys’ search for depth, they may have struck oil at the receiver position if Switzer continues to make strides in his development.

Beasley was a big reason for Prescott’s seamless transition to the NFL as a rookie quarterback. He served as a much-needed security blanket to eat up short yards in the slot and help move the chains. Last season, he led the team with 75 receptions. His importance to Prescott is why the team went out and drafted Switzer in the fourth round.

It was obviously a smart move seeing as Beasley is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury. Lucky Whitehead also left practice early on Wednesday with a similar injury. That opened up the opportunity for Switzer show his stuff. While he is still learning the subtleties of coverage disguises, he was able to make plays in practice with his quick feet and smooth route-running.

He was the go-to receiver for Mitchell Trubisky last year at North Carolina. He finished his final collegiate season with 96 receptions for 1,112 yards and six touchdowns. Prescott is a patient quarterback that tends to find the soft spots in the defense and work his way down the field methodically, rather than relying on deep shots down the field.

That type of playing style speaks to Switzer’s skill set.

As for Beasley, he should return to practice any day now. His injury isn’t believed to be serious, and the decision to keep him on the sidelines had more to do with the team erring on the side of caution. Switzer could still see game action in a rotational capacity if he continues to have a strong showing at practice.

A quarterback can never have too many security blankets.