Steelers 2-a-days: Robert Spillane can tackle; Ryan Switzer can do plenty | TribLIVE.com
Steelers/NFL

Steelers 2-a-days: Robert Spillane can tackle; Ryan Switzer can do plenty

Chris Adamski
1418068_web1_SwitzerA
Tribune-Review
Ryan Switzer has an abundance of roles with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Editor’s note: From now until the first practice of training camp at Saint Vincent College, the Trib will be running through the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 90-man roster, assessing each player’s outlook for the 2019 season. The breakdown will go through the roster in mostly-alphabetical order, (at least) two per day, between June 14 and July 26.

ILB ROBERT SPILLANE

Experience: Two regular-season games for the Titans last season as an undrafted rookie

Contract status: $495,000 cap hit in 2019, under contractual control for four accrued seasons

2019 outlook: Spillane did not play on defense during his short tenure on the Titans’ 53-man roster last season. He was limited to 20 special-teams snaps. Spillane was all over the field in the preseason as a rookie, though, getting 25 tackles (16 solo), a sack and an interception (against the Steelers, no less) in four games. He was also a productive tackler over four seasons (three as a starter) in college for Western Michigan. His raw athleticism wasn’t viewed as good enough to be drafted, though, so if Spillane is going to carve out a role for the Steelers, it will be on special teams or on the scout team.

WR RYAN SWITZER

Experience: 3rd season

Contract status: $645,000 cap hit in 2019, signed through 2020

2019 outlook: He arrived in Pittsburgh less than two weeks before the season began, but Switzer played a significant role for the 2018 Steelers. He was their sole punt and kickoff returner all season, and he had 42 touches (36 catches, six rushes) on offense while playing about 20 offensive snaps per game. Switzer lined up in the backfield, and he ran routes out of the slot. He was particularly adept in third-down situations. In the return game, he provided needed stability on kickoffs, and his presence allowed the Steelers to quit having to rely on Antonio Brown to return punts. But that all said, Switzer has competition from all angles during this training camp. Eli Rogers, Diontae Johnson, Diontae Spencer and even Johnny Holton are receivers who weren’t around when last season began, and they are threats to seize jobs as a returner, slot receiver or even just as another depth receiver. Still, the smart money is on Switzer.

Hey, Steelers Nation, get the latest news about the Pittsburgh Steelers here.

Chris Adamski is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chris by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .

Categories: Sports | Steelers
TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.