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Cephus secured his only target for eight yards during Sunday's 19-17 loss to the Ravens.
Analysis: Cephus drew a pass interference penalty on a second pass that was sent his way, but he and most other Lions receivers took a backseat to Kalif Raymond, who was the lone receiver in the starting lineup and ultimately saw a team-leading 10 targets. It was a disappointing but not totally surprising result for Cephus investors who may have been trying to take advantage of the receiver's ascent into a key role with Tyrell Williams (concussion) on IR. However, with Williams set to miss at least the next two games, Cephus will have more chances to take advantage of an expanded role.
Sep 26, 2021 6:25 PM EST
Cephus is expected to draw his second straight start Sunday against the Ravens after the Lions placed Tyrell Williams (concussion) on injured reserve Thursday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Analysis: Cephus has served as the primary replacement for Williams on the perimeter after the latter entered the concussion protocol upon taking a helmet-to-helmet hit from the 49ers' Jaquiski Tartt in the Lions' Week 1 loss. After producing a 3-12-1 line on six targets in the season opener, Cephus found the end zone again in the Week 2 loss to the Packers while hauling in four of seven targets for 63 yards. Tight end T.J. Hockenson still looks like the Lions' top option in the passing game, but Cephus might be the most fantasy-friendly option in a Detroit receiving corps that may have the poorest collection of talent in the NFL. With Williams out of the picture through at least the Lions' Oct. 17 game against Cincinnati, Cephus should at the very least benefit from heavy snap shares over the next three contests, even if his weekly target volume isn't entirely bankable.
Sep 23, 2021 10:26 AM EST
Cephus caught four of seven targets for 63 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's 35-17 loss to the Packers.
Analysis: Cephus started the evening with an impressive 46-yard gain on third down to extend Detroit's opening drive, which he actually capped with a wide-open, five-yard touchdown thanks to a defensive miscommunication later on. Although he only had a couple grabs afterward, Cephus trailed just tight end T.J. Hockenson in each major receiving category for the Lions, scoring in consecutive games to begin the season to boot. Whether teammate Tyrell Williams (concussion) returns for Week 3's matchup versus the Ravens or not, Cephus has good traction through his first couple games with new quarterback Jared Goff.
Sep 20, 2021 9:01 PM EST
Cephus caught three of seven targets for 12 yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 41-33 loss to San Francisco. He also secured a two-point conversion.
Analysis: While it's not ideal to average less than two yards per target, Cephus was still one of the bright spots of the Lions offense Sunday. Not only did he make a tough catch on the sideline on a less-than-perfect pass than Jared Goff, Cephus also boxed out a defender for a short touchdown on the goal line before hauling in a two-point conversion at the very edge of the end zone in the fourth quarter. However, it should be noted that the Wisconsin product might not have received as many opportunities if Tyrell Williams (undisclosed) didn't leave the game in the third quarter, as Cephus ultimately finished fifth in snaps among Detroit wideouts behind Williams, Kalif Raymond, Trinity Benson and Amon-Ra St. Brown. Even if Williams misses time, Cephus seems like a touchdown-dependent fantasy option entering Week 2.
Sep 13, 2021 7:59 AM EST
Cephus caught all three of his targets for 35 yards and a touchdown in Friday's preseason loss to the Colts.
Analysis: The second-year receiver caught a 15-yard strike from Tim Boyle late in the first quarter for Detroit's first points of the night. Cephus missed time earlier in camp with a head injury but he looked good Friday, and while his roster spot seems secure he could be making a late push for a bigger role in Week 1 against San Francisco.
Aug 27, 2021 9:03 PM EST
Cephus caught two of three targets for 15 yards during Saturday's preseason loss to Pittsburgh.
Analysis: Cephus looked healthy after missing the preseason opener with a head injury. While he's no higher than No. 5 on the depth chart now that Amon-Ra St. Brown and Kalif Raymond seem established under Detroit's top duo of Tyrell Williams and Breshad Perriman, Cephus at least appears to be in no danger of losing his roster spot considering he only remained in Saturday's game as long as Perriman and St. Brown did (Williams and Raymond weren't active). As such, it seems unlikely that the Wisconsin product will be asked to suit up for Detroit's preseason finale next Friday against Indianapolis as the team prepares for Week 1 of the regular season.
Aug 21, 2021 8:11 PM EST
Cephus (head) returned to practice Monday, Chris Burke of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Cephus was away from the field for more than a week due to a head injury suffered in practice on Saturday, Aug. 7. As a result, he missed Friday's exhibition opener against the Bills. In his return, Cephus caught a touchdown during a 7-on-7 drill in the red zone and will look to make an impression in a receiving corps that's currently down Breshad Perriman (hip) and Kalif Raymond (undisclosed).
Aug 16, 2021 3:29 PM EST
Cephus missed practice with a head injury over the weekend, Justin Rogers of The Detroit News reports.
Analysis: Coach Dan Campbell said Cephus bumped his head, so continued absences from practice would hint at a concussion. The second-year pro has mostly worked with the second-string offense in training camp, but projected starters Tyrell Williams (groin) and Breshad Perriman (hip) also are banged up at the moment, so Cephus could see more reps with the first team if he returns to practice soon.
Aug 9, 2021 8:17 AM EST
Cephus should have an opportunity to be a starting outside receiver this season, Nick Baumgardner and Chris Burke of the Athletic report.
Analysis: The offseason has gone about as well as possible for Cephus's potential usage in 2021, as every other wideout who caught a pass in a Lions jersey last season is gone and Detroit only replaced them with a pair of relatively low-cost veterans plus a fourth-round draft pick in Amon-Ra St. Brown. While going from Matthew Stafford to Jared Goff at quarterback is surely a downgrade, Cephus ultimately seems primed to top the 365 total offensive snaps he logged as a rookie.
May 3, 2021 9:53 AM EST
Cephus has new competition at wide receiver after Detroit signed Breshad Perriman and Tyrell Williams to replace Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones and Danny Amendola, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.
Analysis: Despite the overhaul at the position, Cephus still seems like the future of the Lions wideout corps - at least for the time being - considering both Williams and Perriman are only signed to one-year deals and no other notable Lions wideout is under contract beyond 2021 besides him. However, given this "band-aid" approach Detroit appears to be taking to wide receiver so far, it would not be a surprise if the team has been planning on using the draft to add pass catchers - which could possibly happen as early as No. 7 overall on someone like Alabama's Devonta Smith or Jaylen Waddle. Should Detroit ultimately choose not to invest significant draft capital in difference-making receivers, Cephus could be an under-the-radar PPR asset given how his short-area game complements the deep-threat abilities of Williams and Perriman.
Mar 31, 2021 8:57 AM EST
Cephus caught two of three targets for 51 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 37-35 loss to Minnesota.
Analysis: Without anything to play for in a second straight game, Detroit finally chose to give Cephus (32 snaps) more run than veterans Mohamed Sanu (27) and Danny Amendola (24) after failing to do so in Week 16. While Cephus wasn't needed to do much with Marvin Jones going off for 180 yards and two touchdowns, the rookie made his mark with a 20-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter, showcasing the downfield ability that helped Cephus to a team-high 17.5 yards per reception in 2020. However, he will also finish the year with a 57 percent catch rate, which will undoubtedly need to improve for Cephus to take the next step. Fortunately, there should be ample opportunity for the Wisconsin product to do so, as Cephus is the only member of the Lions' current receiving corps that remains under contract beyond the end of the league year.
Jan 4, 2021 11:48 AM EST
Cephus caught one of two targets for nine yards during Saturday's 47-7 loss to Tampa Bay.
Analysis: Despite getting eliminated from playoff contention last week and falling behind 34 points at halftime, the Lions again decided to have Cephus finish fourth in playing time behind three 30-plus-year-old receivers who aren't under contract beyond this season. Knowing we can't rely upon Detroit to maximize the rookie's playing time in meaningless games, Cephus is nothing more than a dart throw in Week 17 against a Vikings defense that has allowed the seventh-most yards per pass attempt since Week 8. However, it might not matter if quarterback Matthew Stafford (ankle) can't play.
Dec 28, 2020 12:49 PM EST
Cephus caught one of three targets for 36 yards during Sunday's 46-25 loss to the Titans.
Analysis: Clearly running behind Marvin Jones but not much less than Mohamed Sanu and Danny Amendola, Cephus has shown some flashes during the continued absence of Kenny Golladay (hip). Combined with the fact that none of the four aforementioned names are under contract beyond this season and Detroit has no chance of making the playoffs, it will be interesting to see if the Lions feature Cephus a little more during the final two games of the regular season. However, fantasy owners should keep in mind that it's possible the banged-up Matthew Stafford could be shut down for the remainder of the year.
Dec 20, 2020 5:55 PM EST
Cephus caught two of two targets for 16 yards during Sunday's 31-24 loss to Green Bay.
Analysis: Cephus (33 snaps) again saw just as much playing time as Danny Amendola (35) but clearly less than Marvin Jones (60) and Mohamed Sanu (41). However, the rookie wasn't able to make a big play in this one. Should Matthew Stafford (ribs) need to miss time, Cephus will be especially hard to trust as a fantasy option in Week 15 against the Titans.
Dec 14, 2020 8:40 AM EST
Cephus hauled in two of four targets for 63 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 34-30 win against the Bears.
Analysis: The rookie from Wisconsin snuck by 2018 All-Pro Kyle Fuller for his first career NFL touchdown, laying out at the pylon to secure a 49-yard strike from Matthew Stafford. Though Cephus has just two outings of more than 50 receiving yards over nine appearances this season, it's notable that four targets against the Bears counted for his most in a game since the season opener against Chicago. He may continue to hold a role in the offense Week 14 against the Packers' 15th-ranked defense, especially if Kenny Golladay (hip) is forced to miss a sixth straight game.
Dec 6, 2020 5:21 PM EST
Cephus (non-injury related) rejoined the Lions for practice Friday, Justin Rogers of The Detroit News reports.
Analysis: Cephus was excused from the Lions' first two Week 13 practices for an unspecified reason, but his return to work Friday sets the stage for him to be available Sunday in Chicago. With top wideout Kenny Golladay (hip) seemingly trending toward another absence, Cephus should be active for the contest as a depth option at receiver.
Dec 4, 2020 9:31 AM EST
Cephus (non injury) didn't practice Thursday, Justin Rogers of The Detroit News reports.
Analysis: Cephus has yet to get on the field this week with what's been called 'not injury related' on Lions practice reports. He's otherwise healthy, so if he's able to return to practice Friday, he'll be in a position to be a part of a receiving corps that may be without Kenny Golladay (hip) again Sunday in Chicago.
Dec 3, 2020 2:26 PM EST
Cephus (personal) didn't practice Wednesday.
Analysis: The exact reason for Cephus' absence wasn't provided. Cephus caught two passes in last week's loss to Houston, coming one catch short of his season high. Since the depth wideout isn't dealing with an injury, he should suit up Sunday in Chicago if he's able to return to practice before then.
Dec 2, 2020 1:46 PM EST
Cephus caught two of two passes for 27 yards during Thursday's 41-25 loss to Houston.
Analysis: Each of Cephus, Jamal Agnew and Marvin Hall saw extra playing time in the absence of Kenny Golladay (hip) and Danny Amendola (hip), but none of them capitalized on the favorable matchup against Houston. While it's not clear if Golladay or Amendola could return in Week 13, either way, Cephus probably won't have enough usage to be fantasy relevant.
Dec 2, 2020 8:33 AM EST
Cephus should have a large role in the Detroit offense with both Kenny Golladay (hip) and Danny Amendola (hip) ruled out for Sunday's game in Carolina, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.
Analysis: With Golladay out the past two weeks, Cephus played 41 and 51 percent of snaps on offense, catching three of four targets for 41 yards. He should see more playing time not that Amendola is joining Golladay on the inactive list, but Marvin Jones and TE T.J. Hockenson are the safer bets to see targets from Matthew Stafford. It'll likely be Jones, Cephus and Marvin Hall as the regular grouping for three-wide formations, with Jamal Agnew potentially mixing in as well.
Nov 20, 2020 3:02 PM EST
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