Jojo Natson

Cleveland Browns
Wide Receiver #87
Cleveland Browns
Wide Receiver #87

Jojo Natson News

Cut from Browns' practice squad

Natson was cut by the Browns on Tuesday.

Analysis: The wide receiver was reinstated from the practice squad COVID list last week prior to being cut Tuesday. In three games with the Browns this season, Natson mostly operated as return specialist while failing to draw a target over 10 offensive snaps.

Dec 28, 2021 2:46 PM EST

Returns from COVID protocols

The Browns restored Natson to the practice from the practice squad/COVID-19 list Wednesday.

Analysis: Natson can thus resume participating in practice squad activities heading into Saturday's road matchup against the Packers. In the three games Natson has appeared in this season, he was not targeted but contributed in the return game.

Dec 22, 2021 9:19 AM EST

Placed in COVID protocols

Natson was placed on the Browns' practice squad reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday.

Analysis: Natson was one of eight Browns players to test positive for COVID on Tuesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. He was reverted to the practice Monday after appearing in the Browns' Week 14 win over the Ravens, where he totaled 36 yards on kick and punt returns.

Dec 14, 2021 11:45 AM EST

Reverts to practice squad

Natson reverted to Cleveland's practice squad Monday, per the NFL's transaction log.

Analysis: Natson was elevated prior to the Browns' matchup against Baltimore. He's now been active for three of the team's last four games, but he has logged a combined 10 offensive snaps across those contests. However, he did serve a significant role on special teams, recording three punt returns for 15 yards and one kick for 21 yards in the team's Week 14 win.

Dec 13, 2021 6:09 PM EST

Back on Browns' roster

Natson has been promoted to the Browns' 53-man roster ahead of Sunday's matchup with the Ravens, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.

Analysis: Fellow wideout Ja'Marcus Bradley was waived in a corresponding move, so now Natson will be one of four healthy receivers going into Sunday's contest. The other three include Jarvis Landry, Donovan Peoples-Jones and Rashard Higgins. Thus, Natson figures to have some opportunities to see the field.

Dec 11, 2021 11:06 AM EST

Back to practice squad

Natson reverted to Cleveland's practice squad Monday, per the NFL's transaction log.

Analysis: Natson returned one kickoff for 16 yards and played two offensive snaps during Sunday's loss to the Ravens, but he wasn't targeted. The Browns can freely elevate Natson for one more contest this season before having to decide whether to keep him on the active roster.

Nov 30, 2021 5:22 AM EST

Minor run on offense

Natson did not generate any stats on two offensive snaps and returned one kickoff for 15 yards in Sunday's 16-10 loss to the Ravens.

Analysis: Natson was among the active wide receivers with Anthony Schwartz (concussion) inactive and Rashard Higgins inactive due to a coach's decision. He's settled into kick-return duties with Schwartz sidelined, and it's unclear if he takes up an active roster spot when the rookie becomes available. The Browns are off Week 13 and will resume play the following week against Baltimore.

Nov 29, 2021 3:57 AM EST

Elevated for Sunday

Natson was elevated from the Browns' practice squad to the active roster for Sunday's game against the Ravens, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Analysis: The 27-year-old was also elevated to the active roster Week 10 and played seven offensive snaps while also operating as a return man. The 27-year-old should fill a similar role Sunday with Anthony Schwartz (concussion) out and Donovan Peoples-Jones (groin) questionable.

Nov 27, 2021 7:38 AM EST

Goes back to practice squad

Naton has been reverted back to the Browns' practice squad, per the NFL's official transaction log.

Analysis: Natson contributed on kick return duties Sunday against New England, totaling 72 return yards. He'll now go back to the practice squad and try to earn another chance to be activated for game day.

Nov 15, 2021 4:26 PM EST

Joins active roster

Natson has been elevated to the Browns' active roster, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.

Analysis: Natson has spent the season on Cleveland's practice squad and will now get to suit up for the first time. He slots in as the No. 6 wideout, so his most likely area of contribution figures to be on special teams.

Nov 13, 2021 10:25 AM EST

Heads back to Cleveland

Natson was signed to the Browns' practice squad Wednesday.

Analysis: Natson was beat out for return duties by 2021 sixth-round draft pick Demetric Felton during training camp, but he rejoins the Browns a day after being cut. Cleveland also resigned wideout Ja'Marcus Bradley, giving them two receivers with experience in the system that can step in if Rashard Higgins' leg injury lingers, or if the time rookie Anthony Schwartz missed during preseason with a knee injury stunted his development.

Sep 1, 2021 6:31 PM EST

Exits Cleveland

Natson was waived by Browns on Monday, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Analysis: Natson was listed as the Browns' primary return man prior to this move, rendering it somewhat surprising. His exit opens up Donovan Peoples-Jones and D'Ernest Johnson to compete for both punt and kick returning opportunities. Natson, who spent the two previous seasons with the Rams, is now set to look for a new landing spot.

Aug 30, 2021 4:58 PM EST

Listed as primary returner

Natson is listed as top punt and kick returner on Cleveland's unofficial depth chart heading into preseason Week 1 against Jacksonville on Saturday.

Analysis: Natson is among a group of players competing for the return job, so nothing is settled yet. Ideally, the Browns would have a returner that fills another role, but Natson is on the outside of the top five at wide receiver. The competition will play out over the preseason.

Aug 10, 2021 6:51 PM EST

Knee injury's in rear view mirror

Natson worked as a punt returner in Cleveland's first practice Wednesday, showing that he's recovered from his knee injury, Zac Jackson of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Natson tore his ACL in Week 3 of the 2020 season but has regained health. His role on offense has been nearly nonexistent in recent years, so Natson's ticket to a roster spot will be winning the punt returner job on special teams.

Jul 30, 2021 1:32 PM EST

Signs deal with Browns

Natson (knee) signed a one-year deal with Cleveland on Thursday, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Analysis: Natson played in just three games during the 2020 season before suffering a torn ACL during Week 3's game against Washington. Although the receiver had suited up for the past three seasons before his injury, Natson hadn't seen a target since 2017, where he caught two receptions for 18 yards with the Jets. With Cleveland's receiving corps crowded, the 27-year-old will likely continue his role as a returner for the team in the upcoming year.

Mar 18, 2021 7:26 AM EST

Season-ending injury

Natson suffered a torn ACL in Sunday's 34-20 win over Washington, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Analysis: Natson's season is over, and he'll be placed on injured reserve soon. He mainly just contributes as a returner, so Donovan Peoples-Jones and D'Ernest Johnson will likely battle for that role.

Sep 28, 2020 9:57 AM EST

Leaves game Sunday

Natson (knee) is questionable to return to Sunday's game against Washington, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Analysis: It's unclear how Natson suffered the injury, however, he was forced to leave the contest in the second quarter. As long as he's sidelined, Look for D'Ernest Johnson to take over as the team's punt and kick return man.

Sep 27, 2020 11:16 AM EST

Secures roster spot

Natson was one of six wide receivers to make the Browns' 53-man roster, Andrew Gribble of the Browns' official site reports.

Analysis: Natson was part of a crew battling for a spot behind starters Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham. Rashard Higgins will be the third wideout while Natson should be featured as a returner on special teams.

Sep 6, 2020 4:11 AM EST

Leading return candidate

Natson has been first in line for punt and kick returns in training camp, Scott Patsko of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Analysis: Natson is clear front runner as the primary return man, but the Browns would also want him to produce in other ways. He's part of a group vying to become the No. 3 wideout and was on the field with Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry early in camp. Rashard Higgins was mentioned in the last few days as a leading candidate for the third wideout spot. The competition for the No. 3 receiver job will continue leading up to the season opener against the Ravens.

Aug 27, 2020 5:58 AM EST

Fills in on first team

Natson took first-team snaps on offense during Monday's practice in place of Jarvis Landry (hip), Andrew Gribble of the Browns' official site reports.

Analysis: Natson spent most of last two seasons with the Rams as a returner, but he's getting early run in Cleveland's camp with the first team. The Browns don't have a set third wideout, so Natson, who's made a handful plays since camp opened Friday, is putting himself on the radar.

Aug 17, 2020 7:04 PM EST

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