Donovan Peoples-Jones

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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

No targets in preseason opener

Peoples-Jones wasn't targeted in Friday's 24-13 preseason win over the Jaguars.

Analysis: Peoples-Jones suited up for the preseason opener but wasn't thrown to by Deshaun Watson, who completed just one of five passes in three drives of action. While Peoples-Jones has drawn some fantasy interest as the potential No. 2 wide receiver in a Cleveland passing game that could feature Watson under center after Watson serves a six-game suspension, the wideout failed to establish a rapport with the Browns' new quarterback in this one. They'll try to get on the same page when the Eagles come to town for Cleveland's next preseason game Aug. 21.

Aug 12, 2022 7:49 PM EST

Hold on No. 2 job improves

With Anthony Schwartz leaving Thursday's practice early due to a knee injury, per Anthony Poisal of the Browns' official site, Peoples-Jones' hold on the No. 2 wide receiver improved.

Analysis: In addition to the injury's impact on Peoples-Jones, Poisal points out the third-year wideout had a good day of practice, including hook-up with quarterback Deshaun Watson on a deep ball. Peoples-Jones was considered the frontrunner for the job even with a healthy Schwartz, but the reduced competition helps secure the No. 2 job behind Amari Cooper. Schwartz walked off the field under his power with a trainer, albeit slowly and deliberately, Mary Kat Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Jul 28, 2022 3:29 PM EST

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

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