Donovan Peoples-Jones

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Finishes of best season

Peoples-Jones caught two of four targets for 42 yards in Sunday's 28-14 loss to the Steelers in Week 18.

Analysis: The 42 receiving yards were the most in four weeks for Peoples-Jones, who experienced a slight drop off when a rusty Deshaun Watson took over as quarterback. Nevertheless, he established himself as a legitimate NFL receiver in 2022. Thought of as a home-run threat his first two seasons, Peoples-Jones evolved into a more complete route-runner. He led the team's outside-the-numbers wideouts in catch percentage (63.5%) while his yards per target dropped to 8.7. He's positioned to be the club's No. 2 wide receiver behind Amari Cooper in 2023, when the Browns expect an improved Watson slinging the ball.

Jan 9, 2023 6:32 AM EST

Makes most of one reception

Peoples-Jones recorded one reception on three targets for 13 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 24-10 win over the Commanders.

Analysis: The Browns had a run-oriented offensive gameplan, as Deshaun Watson attempted only 18 passes. Peoples-Jones had little opportunity as a result, but he managed to catch a 13-yard touchdown late in the third quarter after failing to haul in his first two targets of the contest. He now has two touchdowns in his last three games and three total for the season.

Jan 1, 2023 7:22 PM EST

Not in sync with QB

Peoples-Jones caught one of five targets for two yards in Saturday's 17-10 loss to the Saints.

Analysis: Peoples-Jones had been the most productive receiver since Deshaun Watson took over as the starting quarterback, averaging five catches on six targets for 63 yards, but the duo was not in sync Saturday. Given the nature of the Browns' struggling pass offense, he may not be a good option for fantasy teams still in the hunt, but Peoples-Jones has established himself as a viable NFL receiver in his third season.

Dec 26, 2022 5:30 AM EST

Saves performance with touchdown

Peoples-Jones recorded four receptions on four targets for 31 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 13-3 win over the Ravens.

Analysis: Peoples-Jones delivered what amounted to be the game-clinching score late in the third quarter with a three-yard touchdown reception. He was otherwise held in check, as his longest catch of the day went for 14 yards. Peoples-Jones remains a volatile option, tallying 45 or fewer receiving yards in three of his last five games. On the other hand, he has topped 70 receiving yards on six occasions for the campaign.

Dec 17, 2022 5:56 PM EST

Season-high 114 yards in Week 14

Peoples-Jones caught eight of 12 targets for 114 yards in Sunday's 23-10 loss to Cincinnati.

Analysis: Peoples-Jones had a step on his man in the end zone on Cleveland's first drive, but Jacoby Brissett -- who was in for a 4th-and-1 quarterback sneak bluff -- overthrew the wide receiver. He was also the intended receiver on Deshaun Watson's fourth-quarter interception, as well as Watson's fourth-down incompletion from Cincinnati's six-yard line later in the fourth. Despite those low points, Peoples-Jones still managed to lead the team in targets, catches and receiving yards while Amari Cooper (hip) caught only two of seven targets for 42 yards. Peoples-Jones set season highs in all three of those categories, demonstrating strong chemistry with Watson heading into a Week 15 visit from the Ravens.

Dec 11, 2022 2:40 PM EST

Big impact in win

Peoples-Jones caught three of three targets for 44 yards and returned three punts for 86 yards, including a 76-yard return for a touchdown in Sunday's 27-14 win over Houston.

Analysis: Peoples-Jones provided the first spark for the Browns with his punt return late in the second quarter to give Cleveland a lead it did not relinquish. The Texans were leading 5-0 in what had been a sleepy affair for the Browns' offense, which was being quarterbacked by Deshaun Watson, his first NFL regular-season game experience since 2020. He stumbled early in the return but retained his balance for the Browns first punt-return touchdown since 2015. The wideout has developed into a reliable number two receiver this season and has taken hold of the punt-return chores after several others failed to do so.

Dec 5, 2022 5:54 AM EST

Quiet day in Week 12 win

Peoples-Jones brought in two of four targets for 16 yards and returned five punts for 75 yards in the Browns' 23-17 overtime win over the Buccaneers on Sunday.

Analysis: Peoples-Jones put together a very quiet day in what was slated to be Jacoby Brissett's final game as the starting quarterback prior to Deshaun Watson's expected Week 13 debut against the Texans. Peoples-Jones had developed good chemistry with Brissett throughout the season, leading to a career-high 42 receptions for the third-year receiver. Peoples-Jones is also now four yards short of tying the career-best 597 receiving yards he recorded last season as well, and he should be a beneficiary of Watson's ability to get the ball deep in coming weeks.

Nov 27, 2022 4:01 PM EST

Continues rolling in Week 11 loss

Peoples-Jones brought in five of six targets for 61 yards and a touchdown in the Browns' 31-23 loss to the Bills on Sunday.

Analysis: Peoples-Jones checked in second in receptions and receiving yards on the afternoon for the Browns in another productive day in conjunction with Jacoby Brissett. The speedy wideout also recorded his first touchdown of the campaign when he brought in a two-yard scoring grab with 19 seconds remaining. Peoples-Jones has already generated a career-high 40 receptions and is just 21 yards short of high-water mark of 597 yards while working with Brissett over his first nine games, and he'll have one more opportunity to do so in Week 12 versus the Buccaneers before Deshaun Watson (suspension) takes over in Week 13.

Nov 20, 2022 3:35 PM EST

Team- and season-high yardage total

Peoples-Jones secured five of nine targets for 99 yards in the Browns' 39-17 loss to the Dolphins on Sunday.

Analysis: Peoples-Jones paced the Browns in receptions, receiving yards and targets on the afternoon while tying and recording a season high in the first and second categories, respectively. The third-year speedster has clearly become a trusted target of Jacoby Brissett, now having logged at least five looks from the veteran quarterback in five of the last six contests. With at least 71 receiving yards in five contests over that span as well, Peoples-Jones' fantasy stock is on a firm upswing going into a Week 11 road matchup against the Bills.

Nov 13, 2022 3:02 PM EST

Season high yardage total on MNF

Peoples-Jones caught all four of his targets for 81 yards in Monday's 32-13 win over the Bengals.

Analysis: Amari Cooper is the Browns' clear No. 1 wide receiver, but Peoples-Jones has been quietly effective across from Cooper, topping 70 receiving yards in four of the past five games. The biggest difference between the two comes in the red zone, as Cooper caught his fifth touchdown of the season Monday while Peoples-Jones has yet to find the end zone heading into Cleveland's Week 9 bye.

Oct 31, 2022 9:11 PM EST

Productive showing in loss

Peoples-Jones brought in all six targets for 71 yards in the Browns' 23-20 loss to the Ravens. He also lost a fumble.

Analysis: The speedster checked in second only to David Njoku (foot) in receptions and drew even with the tight end for second in receiving yards. Peoples-Jones' numbers also equaled his season highs in those categories, and with a 26-336 line through seven games, he's well on pace to exceed his career bests. His next opportunity to make an impact comes in a Week 8 home matchup against the divisional-rival Bengals in a Monday night Halloween matchup.

Oct 23, 2022 4:07 PM EST

Rolls up season-high yards

Peoples-Jones caught four of five targets for a season-high 74 yards in Sunday's 38-15 loss to New England in Week 6.

Analysis: The Patriots did a good job at stopping the running game, forcing quarterback Jacoby Brissett to throw a season-high 45 times. That meant lots of targets beyond number one wideout Amari Cooper. This was the third consecutive game with at least 50 yards and fourth in six games for Peoples-Jones. The second-year wide receiver is still looking for his first score.

Oct 16, 2022 6:37 PM EST

Seven targets in loss

Peoples-Jones caught four of seven targets for 50 yards in Sunday's 30-28 loss to the Chargers in Week 5.

Analysis: Peoples-Jones has yet to score a touchdown in 2022, but he's been heavily target through five weeks. Sunday was the third time in five games with at least seven targets, and his 31 targets are second only to Amari Cooper (43). The Browns began the season as a run-dominant operation, but Week 5 was the first time Cleveland threw more (34) than ran (31).

Oct 10, 2022 5:27 AM EST

Leads team in targets

Peoples-Jones hauled in five of nine targets for 71 yards in Sunday's 23-20 loss to Atlanta.

Analysis: Peoples-Jones led all Cleveland receivers with nine targets in a game where top wideout Amari Cooper struggled to get open (one catch for nine yards). It was the 23-year-old's first notable fantasy performance since his 11-target game in Week 1. Peoples-Jones could see extra usage against the Chargers next Sunday if the Browns are forced to keep up with Justin Herbert and Los Angeles' potent offense.

Oct 2, 2022 4:41 PM EST

Three targets in Week 3

Peoples-Jones caught one of three targets for 10 yards in Thursday's 29-17 win over Pittsburgh in Week 3.

Analysis: Peoples-Jones had a season-high 88% (63 of 72) share of the offensive snaps but was quiet for the second straight week. After an 11-target opening week, DPJ has just four targets over the last two weeks, as Amari Cooper has become the unquestioned leader among Cleveland wideouts.

Sep 23, 2022 5:57 AM EST

Drop off in Week 2

Peoples-Jones did not catch his lone target in Sunday's 31-30 loss to the Jets in Week 2.

Analysis: After pacing the Browns with 11 targets in a Week 1 win over Carolina, Peoples-Jones was a forgotten weapon Sunday. Instead, Amari Cooper (10 targets) was the leader against New York. Cleveland's offense under quarterback Jacoby Brissett is designed to run more than throw, and seeing both wideouts with substantial targets may be rare.

Sep 19, 2022 5:52 AM EST

Leads air attack in win

Peoples-Jones secured six of 11 targets for 60 yards in the Browns' 26-24 win over the Panthers on Sunday.

Analysis: Peoples-Jones was the somewhat surprising leader in receptions, receiving yards and targets for the Browns, accounting for nearly half of Jacoby Brissett's 147-yard tally through the air. The third-year speedster's final catch of the day was his most important, as he recorded a 13-yard grab on what would turn out to be the game-winning drive for Cleveland. Despite the offseason addition of Amari Cooper, Peoples-Jones should certainly retain an important role in the air attack throughout the course of the season, perhaps peaking in upside once Deshaun Watson (suspension) takes over later in the season under center.

Sep 11, 2022 4:12 PM EST

Backing up on punt returns

Peoples-Jones will back up Demetric Felton on punt returns, Chris Easterling of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Analysis: Peoples-Jones returned 12 punts for 95 yards in 2021, second on the Browns behind Felton. The third-year pro from Michigan has been handed the keys to the No. 2 wideout job, so head coach Kevin Stefanski hopes Felton is up to the task and not expose Peoples-Jones on special teams. Offseason speculation about Cleveland adding a No. 2 from outside the organization was not in short supply; however, the Browns stuck with 23-year-old, as the Deshaun Watson (suspended) situation shifted the team's priority to its well-stocked ground game. Peoples-Jones should get several weeks to establish himself as a viable second target and take pressure off Amari Cooper.

Sep 8, 2022 3:51 PM EST

Starter on unofficial depth chart

Peoples-Jones is listed as a starter at wide receiver on the Browns' unofficial depth chart.

Analysis: This is not a surprise. Peoples-Jones lined up with the first team during training camp, and the only player that could usurp the No. 2 wideout job, Anthony Schwartz, did not perform well in camp or preseason games. The Browns are hoping Peoples-Jones experiences the growth in his third season that was expected to come in 2021 but never did. He had moments last season and led the team in receiving yards, but Peoples-Jones was not a steady source of production.

Sep 7, 2022 6:41 AM EST

Quiet in preseason finale

Peoples-Jones caught one reception for four yards on three targets in Cleveland's preseason game against Chicago on Saturday.

Analysis: Peoples-Jones should compete with rookie third-round pick David Bell for the WR2 snaps after clear WR1 Amari Cooper, and Peoples-Jones arguably remains the favorite to win that competition even after a quiet preseason. Perhaps Bell might be a little more polished than Peoples-Jones, but Peoples-Jones is significantly more athletic.

Aug 27, 2022 9:31 PM EST

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