The Dez Bryant-Ryan Switzer connection has been a home run since the Dallas Cowboys veteran receiver and his rookie teammate joined forces post-draft day.
Bryant, 28, is six years older than Switzer, but the two have gelled on the football field. The former has some high hopes for the latter as the wide receiver/kick returner gears up for his first professional season.
“He will be a Pro Bowl returner in his rookie year,” Bryant said, per Dallas Morning News.
This isn’t just a shot in the dark from Bryant, either.
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Switzer relied on his shiftiness and vision at North Carolina. He started off as one of the most electric punt returners in the country in Year 1, recognized as the NCAA punt return leader in 2013. He’s also going to be a bright weapon in the passing game, as he showed he can do both as a Tar Heel. Switzer morphed into a well-rounded interior receiver by the time he left the program, walking out of college with single-season records in both receptions (96) and yards (1,112) as a senior for a North Carolina player.
“With as stacked an offense as we have, I understand I have to make an impact [on special teams],” Switzer said, per NFL.com. “Because I’m not going to be the focal point of our offense. I understand that, and that’s OK. But I do feel like I can help this team.”
Learning from his mentor in Bryant should go a long way as well.
“We buddies,” Bryant said. “From the time me and Switzer met, we clicked. We’re brothers for life.”