Donovan Peoples-Jones

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Three grabs in finale

Peoples-Jones brought in three of four targets for 38 yards in the Browns' 21-16 win over the Bengals on Sunday. He also committed a fumble that was recovered by Cleveland and returned four punts for 20 yards.

Analysis: The promising speedster checked in second in receptions, receiving yards and targets to Jarvis Landry to finish off the season in relatively quiet fashion. Peoples-Jones did take a step forward in his development in 2021, however, finishing with a 34-597-3 line across 13 games. With Odell Beckham in Los Angeles and Landry a 29-year-old possession receiver, the opportunity appears to be there for Peoples-Jones to step up and assert himself as a consistent downfield threat next season.

Jan 9, 2022 3:50 PM EST

Long gain Monday

Peoples-Jones caught three of five targets for 76 yards in Monday night's 26-14 loss to the Steelers.

Analysis: Peoples-Jones led the Browns in receiving yards thanks to a game-long, 39-yard reception in the second half. That play helped set up a David Njoku touchdown, and Peoples-Jones trailed only Jarvis Landry's and Njoku's four receptions on the night. Having shown a penchant for occasional splash plays this season, Peoples-Jones will strive to make a similar impact in Week 18 versus the Bengals, a team he scored a 60-yard touchdown against earlier this season.

Jan 3, 2022 9:41 PM EST

Could cede snaps to Schwartz

Cleveland head coach Kevin Stefanski said Anthony Schwartz's role will expand over the final two games, suggesting a decreased role for Peoples-Jones, Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal reports. "I think for sure with Anthony coming off the concussion protocol and getting into these games, getting him some touches, I think his role will grow," the coach said.

Analysis: Schwartz returned from a three-game absence due to a concussion to play a scaled-back role the last two games and caught a touchdown on his lone target in Week 16's loss to the Packers. The rookie speedster is similar to Peoples-Jones in that both are considered downfield threats, so it would seem natural any increase in Schwartz's role would come at the expense of Peoples-Jones' snap count. The second-year wideout caught just one of five targets for five yards last week and has a 44-percent catch rate (15 of 34 targets) over the last six games as the team's primary downfield option.

Dec 28, 2021 3:34 AM EST

Struggles in road game

Peoples-Jones caught one pass for five yards on six targets against Green Bay on Sunday.

Analysis: Peoples-Jones was dealt some bad luck in this one -- two of his targets resulted in interceptions for reasons that weren't really his fault -- but he also dropped an on-target deep ball from Baker Mayfield that might have changed the course of the game somewhat. The Browns need Peoples-Jones' speed on the field to complement the more possession-wideout skill sets of Jarvis Landry and Rashard Higgins, so DPJ should get opportunities to make up for this one, but for now it's a rather regrettable game in his 2021 season. The Browns face the Steelers in Week 17.

Dec 25, 2021 5:13 PM EST

Four catches as top option

Peoples-Jones caught four of eight targets for 48 yards in Monday's 16-14 loss to the Raiders.

Analysis: Peoples-Jones led the team in targets and receiving yards, as he was the top receiving option for quarterback Nick Mullens with wide receiver Jarvis Landry, as well as quarterbacks Baker Mayfield and Case Keenum, all on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Raiders defensive back Brandon Facyson knocked the ball out of Peoples-Jones' hand to prevent what should have been a big gain along the sideline in the first half, but DPJ heated up late and converted two crucial third downs on Cleveland's go-ahead drive in the fourth quarter. If Landry's not ready to return in Week 16 against the Packers, Peoples-Jones will remain atop the Browns' wide receiver depth chart.

Dec 20, 2021 5:43 PM EST

Could be No. 1 receiver Week 15

Peoples-Jones will likely serve as Cleveland's No. 1 wideout for Monday's game against Las Vegas after Jarvis Landry (illness) wasn't reinstated from the reserve/COVID-19 list, Anthony Poisal of the Browns' official site reports.

Analysis: Rashard Higgins, Anthony Schwartz (concussion) and Ja'Marcus Bradley are also expected to see increased reps in two- and three-receiver sets sans Landry, but throughout the season, Peoples-Jones has held the most consistent role in the offensive game plan among Cleveland's available wideouts. Peoples-Jones has mostly been a boom-or-bust fantasy option -- he has four games with 70-plus receiving yards and six games with fewer than 40 yards -- but he should at least have a clear path to a fair amount of targets Week 15 with Landry out of the mix. Peoples-Jones' efficiency could suffer, however, as he'll be fielding targets from third-string quarterback Nick Mullens, who gets the start in his Cleveland debut after neither Baker Mayfield (illness) nor Case Keenum (illness) was able to clear the NFL's COVID-19 protocols ahead of Monday's 5 p.m. ET kickoff.

Dec 20, 2021 11:25 AM EST

Browns-Raiders moved to Monday

Peoples-Jones and the Browns will no longer play the Raiders on Saturday, after the NFL officially rescheduled the matchup between the two teams for Monday at 5 p.m. ET.

Analysis: Due to ongoing COVID-19-related concerns within the Cleveland organization, the NFL is hopeful that by delaying the game two days, the Browns will restore enough players from the reserve/COVID-19 list to alleviate depth concerns on the roster. Given that Jarvis Landry (illness) is one of the players who tested positive for the virus in recent days, he's uncertain to clear the necessary protocols ahead of Monday's contest. If Landry is out, Peoples-Jones could find himself as the No. 1 receiver in a depleted Cleveland offense that could also be without either of its top two quarterbacks in Baker Mayfield and Case Keenum, who tested positive Wednesday and Thursday, respectively.

Dec 17, 2021 4:07 PM EST

Leads team in receiving

Peoples-Jones caught five of seven targets for 90 yards in Sunday's 24-22 win over the Ravens.

Analysis: Peoples-Jones led the Browns in yards through the air while posting season highs in receptions and targets. The second-year wideout had a long gain of 34 yards, which by itself topped his yardage total from his previous two games combined. Besides those quiet performances, however, Peoples-Jones has now managed at least 70 yards in four of his last six appearances, giving him decent momentum ahead of Week 15's Saturday contest versus the Raiders.

Dec 12, 2021 1:49 PM EST

Returns to lineup

Peoples-Jones caught two of five targets for 10 yards in Sunday's 16-10 loss to the Ravens.

Analysis: Peoples-Jones returned to active duty after missing one week due to a groin injury, a setback that's forced him to miss three of the last six games. He's the successor to Odell Beckham as the top deep threat, but the passing game is hindered by quarterback Baker Mayfield, who's dealing with multiple injuries and is barely above a 50-percent completion rate the last three weeks. The Browns head into a bye Week 13, which could be an opportunity for Mayfield to get healthier and head coach Kevin Stefanski to fix the team's passing attack.

Nov 29, 2021 3:21 AM EST

Suiting up Sunday

Peoples-Jones (groin) is listed as active for Sunday night's game against the Ravens, Anthony Poisal of the Browns' official site reports.

Analysis: Peoples-Jones, who was inactive last Sunday against the Lions, is back in action Sunday, and in the process he should reclaim a key role in the team's passing attack alongside wideout Jarvis Landry, especially with Rashard Higgins a healthy scratch. As long as he can stay healthy, Peoples-Jones profiles as the Browns' No. 2 WR option now that Odell Beckham is no longer in the mix, while Ja'Marcus Bradley and JoJo Natson also are in the mix for targets from QB Baker Mayfield in Week 12.

Nov 28, 2021 3:59 PM EST

Expected to play in Week 12

Peoples-Jones (groin) is expected to play Sunday night against the Ravens, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Peoples-Jones, who was inactive last Sunday against the Lions, was able to practice in a limited fashion Thursday and Friday and now appears to be trending toward a return to action. The Browns' 8:20 ET kickoff Sunday adds an element of risk to rolling with Peoples-Jones in Week 12 fantasy lineups, but when healthy he's destined for a key role in the team's offense alongside fellow WR Jarvis Landry. If Peoples-Jones ends up limited or out versus Baltimore, added opportunities would be available for Rashard Higgins and Ja'Marcus Bradley.

Nov 28, 2021 4:34 AM EST

Questionable for Week 12

Peoples-Jones (groin) will be listed as questionable for Sunday night's game against the Ravens, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Analysis: With Peoples-Jones having returned to a limited practice Thursday, he's now trending in the right direction in advance of of the contest, though if there's any doubt about his recovery from a groin injury, the Browns could err on the side of caution, with their bye on tap in Week 13. Once Peoples-Jones is ready to play, a key role alongside Jarvis Landry awaits him, with Odell Beckham now with Rams.

Nov 26, 2021 10:16 AM EST

Returns to limited practice

Peoples-Jones (groin) was listed as a limited participant on Thursday's injury report, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.

Analysis: After missing practice Wednesday, Peoples-Jones' upgrade to limited participation is a positive indicator with regard to his chances of returning to action Sunday night against the Ravens. Unless he logs a full session Friday, however, Peoples-Jones seems destined to head into the weekend carrying a Week 12 injury designation.

Nov 25, 2021 2:31 PM EST

Remains sidelined

Peoples-Jones (groin) won't practice Wednesday, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Analysis: The same applies to fellow wideouts Anthony Schwartz (concussion) and Jarvis Landry (knee), though in the case of Landry, his Wednesday absence is likely maintenance-related. Peoples-Jones and Schwartz were both inactive in Week 11, so their status for Sunday's night's game against the Ravens is worth monitoring. In their absence this past weekend, Rashard Higgins and Ja'Marcus Bradley saw added work in the Browns' 13-10 win over the Lions.

Nov 24, 2021 10:10 AM EST

Won't suit up vs. DET

Peoples-Jones (groin) is listed as inactive Week 11 against the Lions.

Analysis: While Peoples-Jones was upgraded to a limited participant on Friday's practice summary, reports from early Sunday morning indicated that he would be unlikely to suit up for the contest. Fortunately for the Browns, Jarvis Landry was able to shed his injury tag and is set to lead the receiving corps in this contest. With Odell Beckham now in Los Angeles, Rashard Higgins could be in for a notable uptick in snaps behind Landry, while the tight ends expect to be involved as well. Collectively, the unit will be taking on a Lions defense that averages the second-most yards per target allowed to opposing wideouts through nine games.

Nov 21, 2021 8:34 AM EST

Iffy for Week 11

Peoples-Jones (groin) doesn't appear likely to play Sunday against the Lions, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Per Rapoport, while Peoples-Jones -- who was limited at practice Friday -- has a chance to suit up, he faces "an uphill battle" to do so. If Peoples-Jones ends up being made inactive for Sunday's 1:00 ET kickoff, added snaps alongside top WR Jarvis Landry would be available for Rashard Higgins, with Anthony Schwartz (concussion) already having been ruled out.

Nov 21, 2021 4:40 AM EST

Listed as questionable for Week 11

Peoples-Jones (groin) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Lions after returning to practice Friday, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Analysis: After sitting out Thursday's session, Peoples-Jones' return to the field Friday has him trending in the right direction as Sunday's 1:00 ET kickoff approaches. If he's able to suit up for the contest, Peoples-Jones will be in line to serve as Cleveland's No. 2 wideout behind Jarvis Landry, a role that's his as long as he can stay healthy, now that Odell Beckham is no longer in the mix.

Nov 19, 2021 9:58 AM EST

Practicing Friday

Peoples-Jones (groin) is participating at Friday's practice, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Analysis: Peoples-Jones sat out practice Wednesday and Thursday, but it appears he's working as at least a limited participant Friday. The 22-year-old should have a chance to suit up Sunday against the Lions, though he may still have an injury designation.

Nov 19, 2021 8:48 AM EST

Not practicing Thursday

Peoples-Jones (groin) won't participate in Thursday's practice, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Analysis: Though offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt expressed optimism earlier in the day that Peoples-Jones would be on the field Thursday in at least some capacity, the second-year wideout will take a step back in terms of activity after he was listed as a limited participant Wednesday. According to Ulrich, Peoples-Jones was spotted on a stationary bike during the open portion of Thursday's session, but it's not clear if he'll be able to do any positional or individual work behind the scenes. Peoples-Jones may need to return to limited activity or practice fully Friday to avoid being ruled out in advance of Sunday's game against the Lions.

Nov 18, 2021 11:06 AM EST

OC hopes he can practice

Offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt is hopeful Peoples-Jones (groin) will be able to practice Thursday, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Analysis: It sounds like Peoples-Jones -- who was a limited participant Wednesday -- will remain limited in Thursday's practice, if he takes part in it at all. The 22-year-old wide receiver is coming off a down week in which he only caught one pass, but Peoples-Jones remains locked into a starting role when healthy.

Nov 18, 2021 10:22 AM EST

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