Quintez Cephus

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Wide Receiver #87
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Wide Receiver #87

Quintez Cephus News

Facing added competition

Cephus is facing added competition for snaps after the offseason acquisitions of DJ Chark and Jameson Williams (knee), Nick Baumgardner and Chris Burke of The Athletic report.

Analysis: After Tyrell Williams went down in Week 1 and before Cephus broke his collarbone in Week 5, the Wisconsin product had a large role that commanded at least 70 percent of the offensive snaps per game. However, the 6-foot-4 Chark seemingly fits the mold that Detroit has been looking for at "X" receiver, and Detroit traded up in the first round to add another promising perimeter receiver in Williams. With Amon-Ra St. Brown locked into the slot role, Cephus seems no higher than No. 4 or 5 on the depth chart entering 2022. However, if the Lions take a cautious approach with Williams' return from an ACL injury, the short list of candidates to take his spot in the starting lineup would be Cephus and Josh Reynolds.

May 6, 2022 2:47 PM EST


Candidate for key role in 2022

Receivers coach Antwaan Randle El spoke highly of Cephus (collarbone) when discussing how the Lions are looking for a true No. 1 guy to play the X receiver spot, Tim Twentyman of the team's official site reports. "I feel like Q was really taking some strides before he got hurt," Randle El said last week at the Senior Bowl. "You see flashes in Q for sure because Q just has this unbelievable - like he can get off the field and jump. Being able to just put it up (to him) and make a play. You see him go up one hand and be able to come down with it."

Analysis: The Lions are stocked with elite short-range weaponry but lacking on downfield targets, especially with Josh Reynolds and Kalif Raymond set to become unrestricted free agents. However, Cephus clearly impressed his coaches when healthy last season, and it seems like he could have a chance to claim the starting role at X receiver in 2022. While it's possible that a large offseason investment via the draft or free agency could prevent that from happening, Cephus at least seems likely to be a key part of the rotation going forward.

Feb 8, 2022 12:21 PM EST



Returns to injured reserve

Cephus (collarbone) was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday and reverted to injured reserve, Justin Rogers of The Detroit News reports.

Analysis: Cephus shifted to the COVID list last week but has now cleared the health and safety protocols. The 23-year-old was placed on injured reserve and ruled out for the rest of the season after undergoing surgery for a broken collarbone in October.

Dec 29, 2021 7:40 PM EST


Moves to COVID list

Cephus (undisclosed) was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston reports.

Analysis: Cephus was already on IR and ruled out for the season with a broken collarbone, which he suffered in the Lions' Week 5 loss to the Vikings. The second-year wideout finished his season with 15 receptions on 22 targets for 204 yards and a touchdown across 5 games.

Dec 20, 2021 6:14 PM EST


Shifts to IR

The Lions placed Cephus (collarbone) on injured reserve Tuesday.

Analysis: The transaction was fully expected after Lions head coach Dan Campbell said Monday that Cephus sustained a broken collarbone in the team's Week 5 loss to the Vikings. The injury will likely sideline Cephus for the remainder of the season, leaving an already weak Lions receiving corps in dire shape with Tyrell Williams (concussion) also expected to spend at least another week on IR. Detroit appears set to head into Sunday's game against the Bengals with Amon-Ra St. Brown, Kalif Raymond and KhaDarel Hodge as its starting wideouts.

Oct 12, 2021 12:43 PM EST



Likely done for season

Lions head coach Dan Campbell confirmed Monday that Cephus will likely miss the rest of the season after the receiver sustained a broken collarbone in Sunday's 19-17 loss to the Vikings, Eric Woodyard of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Per Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, Cephus is slated to undergo surgery to address the injury, which typically entails a three-month recovery. While that timeline theoretically gives Cephus a chance to make it back for Week 18 in early January, the 0-5 Lions aren't expected to be in playoff contention and most likely won't be looking to activate the second-year wideout. Through five games, Cephus had been one of the better producers in a weak Detroit pass-catching group, notching 15 receptions for 204 yards and two touchdowns on 22 targets.

Oct 11, 2021 12:28 PM EST


Diagnosed with broken collarbone

Cephus suffered a broken collarbone in Sunday's loss to the Vikings, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Cephus will miss extended time due to his injury, and he could be sidelined for the remainder of the season. Tyrell Williams (concussion) should take on a larger role once he returns from injured reserve, while Kalif Raymond, Amon-Ra St. Brown and Trinity Benson will also have the opportunity to carve out additional snaps while Cephus is out.

Oct 11, 2021 9:32 AM EST


Injury 'doesn't look good'

Coach Dan Campbell said after Sunday's 19-17 loss at Minnesota that Cephus has a shoulder or clavicle injury that "doesn't look good," Chris Burke of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The Lions will do their due diligence and evaluate Cephus' health concern to figure out the nature of the injury, but a clavicle issue could require surgery and potentially be season-ending. With Tyrell Williams (concussion) already on injured reserve, the team is getting woefully thin at wide receiver. Currently, Kalif Raymond, Amon-Ra St. Brown, Trinity Benson, KhaDarel Hodge and Tom Kennedy are the healthy and available players at the position on the active roster.

Oct 10, 2021 2:09 PM EST


Not returning Sunday

Cephus (shoulder) was ruled out of Sunday's game in Minnesota.

Analysis: A shoulder injury was the impetus for the Lions' decision to keep Cephus on the sideline for the rest of Week 5. He'll join Tyrell Williams (concussion, IR) as wide receivers unavailable to Detroit's offense, leaving Kalif Raymond, Amon-Ra St. Brown, Trinity Benson and KhaDarel Hodge to man the position.

Oct 10, 2021 11:52 AM EST


Picks up shoulder injury

Cephus injured his shoulder during the first half of Sunday's game at Minnesota.

Analysis: Prior to his departure, Cephus gathered in all three targets for 38 yards. With Tyrell Williams (concussion) on injured reserve, the Lions currently are down to Kalif Raymond, Amon-Ra St. Brown, Trinity Benson and KhaDarel Hodge as active wide receivers.

Oct 10, 2021 11:22 AM EST


Career-high 83 receiving yards

Cephus caught four of five targets for 83 yards during Sunday's 24-14 loss to Chicago.

Analysis: After matching his previous career-high in receiving yards in Week 2, Cephus topped that mark Sunday while looking like Detroit's most competent wide receiver in the absence of Tyrell Williams (concussion). He could have had a bigger day but Jared Goff didn't wasn't able to find him open on at least two occasions. With Williams on the shelf for at least one more game, Cephus' emergence could continue in Week 5 against the Vikings.

Oct 3, 2021 3:04 PM EST


One catch against Ravens

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


Primed for extended run as starter

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


Scores in second straight

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


Hits pay dirt

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


Finds end zone Friday

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


Makes preseason debut

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


Mixes back into practice

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


Dealing with head injury

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


Chance to claim starting role

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


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