Damion Ratley

Damion Ratley

Wide Receiver #4
Team: Cleveland Browns
Ht / Wt:6'1" / 193 lb.
Born:April 16, 1995
Drafted:2018 / Rd. 6 (175)
Draft Team:CLE

Damion Ratley: Scores in regular season finale

Ratley caught two of three targets for 64 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 33-23 loss to the Bengals in Week 17.

Analysis: Ratley and quarterback Baker Mayfield hooked up on a 46-yard bomb on the Browns' third play of the game to give them an early 7-0 lead. The second-year wideout got over the top of the Bengals secondary and made a nice diving catch in the end zone for his only touchdown of the season. This was one of the few highlights for Ratley, who had just 12 catches while showing some big play ability (16.7 YPC). The Browns did not have a reliable third wide receiver in 2019, as both Rashard Higgins and Antonio Callaway failed to hold onto that role. Ratley enters the offseason as the leading candidate for that job in 2020; however, with a new, as-yet-to-be named head coach coming on board, Ratley's role is still very much in question.

December 30, 2019 5:23 AM EST

Damion Ratley: Three targets in Week 16 loss

Ratley did not catch any of his three targets in Sunday's 31-15 loss to the Ravens in Week 16.

Analysis: Ratley has emerged as the No. 3 wideout late in the season, but it has nothing to do with his production. Where others have failed, Ratley is being given an opportunity. He's replaced Rashard Higgins, who is special teams only now, and the departed Antonio Callaway. Ratley has just 10 catches for 136 yards and is on about a third of the team's offensive snaps.

December 24, 2019 3:49 AM EST

Damion Ratley: Totals 33 yards in Week 15 loss

Ratley caught two of two targets for 33 yards in Sunday's 38-24 loss to the Cardinals.

Analysis: Ratley was in the starting lineup for Sunday's contest, as head coach Freddie Kitchens went with with a three-wideout/two-back set. The receptions were Ratley's first since Week 4. Despite the start, Ratley played the fewest snaps (21) among the team's wideouts. The Browns' offense sees running back Kareem Hunt as its third receiver, so Ratley is unlikely to make much impact over the final two weeks of the season.

December 16, 2019 4:36 AM EST

Damion Ratley: Receives bump in playing time

Ratley was targeted once and played 16 snaps in Sunday's 27-19 win over the Bengals in Week 14.

Analysis: Ratley had been an active part of the Browns' wideout corps to start the season but lost prominence when Rashard Higgins returned from a knee injury. Higgins has since failed to impress and did not see any offensive snaps Sunday, so Ratley appears to have moved up the wide receiver depth chart. That doesn't mean that much, however, as Cleveland is getting by with running back Kareem Hunt as a de facto third wideout.

December 9, 2019 4:12 AM EST

Damion Ratley: Healthy scratch Sunday

Ratley (coach's decision) is listed as inactive Week 6 against Seattle.

Analysis: Ratley has been filling in off and on for the likes of Jarvis Landry and Antonio Callaway, and has even taken on meanginful snaps shares in several of Cleveland's games this season. The team enters Week 6 with a fully healthy receiving corps, however, as Rashard Higgins will be on the active roster for the first time since Week 1 after overcoming a knee injury. With the position group intact for the time being, Ratley seems unlikely to be part of the team's game plan in the immediate future.

October 13, 2019 10:06 AM EST

Damion Ratley: Takes over for Callaway

Ratley was targeted twice without a catch in Monday's 31-3 loss to the 49ers in Week 5.

Analysis: Ratley had a relatively high profile through the first four games while Rashard Higgins (knee) and Antonio Callaway (suspension) were unavailable, but he was back to fourth on the depth chart with Callaway making his season debut Monday. However, Callaway looked rusty, which led to Ratley serving as the third wideout in the second half. Callaway is still considered the third wide receiver but clearly needs to acclimate to game conditions after being away from the Browns for the first four weeks of the season.

October 8, 2019 3:36 AM EST

Damion Ratley: Fills in for Landry

Ratley caught one of three targets for 10 yards in Sunday's 40-25 win over the Ravens in Week 4.

Analysis: Ratley moved up the depth chart after Jarvis Landry was removed late with a concussion. That leaves Landry's status unclear for Week 5 against the 49ers on Monday night. Add in the altercation between Odell Beckham and the Ravens Marlon Humphrey, which could lead to a league review, and the Browns may be short on wideouts next week. Ratley at times has been operating as the third wideout through the first four weeks with Rashard Higgins (knee) sidelined the last three games and Antonio Callaway suspended for the first quarter of the season. It was presumed Ratley would fall out of the mix when Callaway returns Week 5, but the second-year wideout may be needed for a more prominent role depending on the status of Landry and Beckham.

September 30, 2019 4:23 AM EST

Damion Ratley: Gets larger share of snaps

Ratley caught three of five targets for 26 yards in Sunday's 20-13 loss to the Rams in Week 3.

Analysis: Ratley was targeted three times in the red zone (one catch, nine yards) and is getting increased looks due to Rashard Higgins (knee) being unavailable. He played 79 percent of the offensive snaps (57 of 72) against the Rams, up from 61 percent the previous week. Higgins was able to practice in a limited fashion last week, so Ratley may be challenged for the third wideout spot next week at Baltimore. With Antonio Callaway (suspension) set to serve the final of his four-game suspension next week at Baltimore, Ratley/Higgins will remain in the mix at least one more week, although the Browns' wobbly offense has been unable to lend much value to its wideouts.

September 23, 2019 5:47 AM EST

Damion Ratley: Increased playing time

Ratley caught two of three targets for 50 yards in Monday's 23-3 win over the Jets in Week 2.

Analysis: Ratley received a bigger share of playing time in Week 2 as Rashard Higgins (knee) was held out of the contest. Ratley has caught four of the five balls thrown his way, but he's fighting for scraps after quarterback Baker Mayfield feeds Odell Beckham (21 targets) and Jarvis Landry (14).

September 17, 2019 4:41 AM EST

Damion Ratley: Grabs two catches Week 1

Ratley caught both of his targets for 17 yards in Sunday's 43-13 loss to the Titans in Week 1.

Analysis: Ratley (35 snaps) and Rashard Higgins (32) essentially shared the third wideout role while Odell Beckham (73 snaps, 11 targets) and Jarvis Landry (73, seven) dominated the targets for the position group. Ratley, the 2018 sixth-round draft pick, will continue in a similar role for the next three weeks until the Browns welcome back Antonio Callaway from a four-game suspension.

September 9, 2019 6:29 AM EST

Damion Ratley: Makes roster

Ratley (hamstring) made the Browns roster and opens the season as the fifth wideout on the depth chart.

Analysis: Ratley appeared in his first preseason game in the fourth week, getting one target over his 27 snaps. A 2018 sixth-round draft pick out of Texas A&M, Ratley brings speed to the position, which likely played a factor in general manager John Dorsey's decision to keep him. He'll get at least four weeks to prove he belongs before Anthony Callaway (suspension) returns to the team.

August 31, 2019 6:45 PM EST

Damion Ratley: Expected to play Thursday

Ratley (hamstring) is expected to play Thursday's preseason finale against the Lions, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Analysis: Head coach Freddie Kitchens said the same thing last week, but Ratley was unable to play against the Buccaneers. Ratley, who has yet to make an appearance in the preseason, is on the bubble entering the final preseason game. The Browns figure to have two spots open at wide receiver, and Thursday's game will settle the decision.

August 28, 2019 6:06 PM EST

Damion Ratley: Expected to play Week 3

Ratley is expected to make his preseason debut Friday against the Buccaneers, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Analysis: Ratley, a sixth-round draft pick in 2018, is fighting for a roster spot after missing the past two games and most of camp with a hamstring injury.

August 22, 2019 5:01 PM EST

Damion Ratley: Returns to team work

Ratley (hamstring) is participating in team drills at Monday's practice, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Analysis: Ratley sustained the hamstring injury in late July but returned to practice late last week, though he apparently didn't get enough work in to play in Saturday's preseason contest. The 24-year-old caught 13 of 20 targets for 144 yards in 13 games last season, but he may need to perform well in the last two preseason games to earn a spot on the 53-man roster.

August 19, 2019 9:19 AM EST

Damion Ratley: Sits out Saturday

Ratley was unable to suit up for Saturday's preseason game against the Colts due to a hamstring injury.

Analysis: Ratley had missed most of camp with the hamstring injury, and his absence is concerning, considering he returned to practice Thursday ahead of the game. With the 2018 sixth-round pick on the roster bubble, it's likely the injury is serious enough to hold him out. Ratley will have two more games to hopefully get healthy, and make his case for a spot on the 53-man roster.

August 18, 2019 8:07 AM EST

Damion Ratley: Returns to practice

Ratley (hamstring) returned to practice Thursday, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Analysis: Ratley has been sideline for most of camp due to a hamstring issue. He is currently on the 53-man roster bubble, so a return to camp should be advantageous for his chances. He hauled in 13 receptions for 144 yards across 13 games during his rookie season in Cleveland.

August 15, 2019 4:09 PM EST

Damion Ratley: Working on the side Sunday

Ratley (hamstring) practiced on the side at Sunday's session, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Analysis: Ratley sustained the hamstring injury Thursday and it's unclear how long he'll need before becoming a full participant in practice. Regardless, Ratley faces a difficult path to significant playing time in 2019.

July 28, 2019 9:43 AM EST

Damion Ratley: Absent from practice

Ratley (undisclosed) is not participating in Friday's training camp practice, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Analysis: Ratley was reportedly examined by a trainer during Thursday's practice, and appears to be dealing with an undisclosed injury. The 2018 sixth-round pick notched 13 catches for 144 yards as a rookie, but faces a more difficult path to playing time in his sophomore campaign with the addition of Odell Beckham Jr. to Cleveland's receiving corps.

July 26, 2019 9:25 AM EST

Damion Ratley: Sees limited action in 2018

Ratley finished his rookie season with 13 receptions on 20 targets for 144 yards.

Analysis: Drafted in the sixth round of the 2018 NFL Draft, Ratley was buried on Cleveland's depth chart from the beginning of training camp. He did, however, have a solid four-game stretch in the beginning of the season when he hauled in 12 catches for 142 yards. From Week 10 on, though, the rookie wideout saw just one target as his time on the field disappeared. Ratley will likely fight for a depth role in 2019.

January 5, 2019 11:55 AM EST

Damion Ratley: Plays two snaps against Atlanta

Ratley played two offensive snaps and wasn't targeted during Sunday's 28-16 win over the Falcons.

Analysis: A week after playing 27 percent of Cleveland's offensive snaps, the rookie wideout saw his snap count fall off a cliff Sunday, as Breshad Perriman seemingly leapfrogged him on the depth chart. It remains to be seen how much he's involved coming out of the bye week in Week 12, but don't expect him to all of a sudden be a favorite target of Baker Mayfield's.

November 12, 2018 4:56 PM EST

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