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2021 Receiving

Regular Season 4 57 14.3 0 21

Top Donovan Peoples-Jones News

  • Browns' Donovan Peoples-Jones: Target, turnover in win

    Peoples-Jones caught his lone target for 15 yards and lost a fumble in Sunday's 31-21 win over the Texans.

    Two plays into the game, the Browns lost wide receiver Jarvis Landry to an MCL injury, opening the door to a bigger role for Peoples-Jones. However, the second-year wideout fumbled away his lone catch on Houston's 27-yard line and didn't get another target the rest of the way. The Browns leaned on their running backs and tight ends after that. Thus far, Peoples-Jones has two targets and two catches through two games. More was anticipated from him, particularly with Odell Beckham (knee) inactive Weeks 1 and 2, but an extended absence for Landry would provide him with more opportunities.

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  • Browns' Donovan Peoples-Jones: Starts, targeted once

    Peoples-Jones started at wideout in place of Odell Beckham (knee, inactive) and caught his lone target for four yards in Sunday's 33-29 loss to Kansas City.

    Peoples-Jones played 80 percent of the snaps (47 of 59) but was not looked at much by quarterback Baker Mayfield. That's mildly surprising, as the second-year wideout was a standout in camp. With Beckham sitting out, this was perceived as a big opportunity for Peoples-Jones. Instead, Peoples-Jones watched Jarvis Landry and rookie Anthony Schwartz gobble up 10 of the 11 wide receiver targets Week 1.

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  • Browns' Donovan Peoples-Jones: Expected to start Sunday

    With Odell Beckham (knee) inactive, Peoples-Jones is expected to start alongside Jarvis Landry in Sunday's season opener against Kansas City, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

    Peoples-Jones thus represents an option for those scrambling to replace Beckham in their Week 1 fantasy lineups. Meanwhile fellow wideout Rashard Higgins is also a candidate to see added work in the Browns' season opener, with Beckham sidelined.

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  • Browns' Donovan Peoples-Jones: One catch in final exhibition

    Peoples-Jones caught one pass (three targets) for eight yards in Sunday's 19-10 preseason win over the Falcons.

    Peoples-Jones got another start with Odell Beckham (knee) and Jarvis Landry (rest) sitting out for the third straight week. The 22-year-old got his first work with Baker Mayfield this preseason after the quarterback made his exhibition debut Sunday. Peoples-Jones projects to be the Browns' third wideout when everyone is healthy, which means he could start alongside Landry if Beckham's knee isn't fully healed heading into a huge Week 1 matchup against the Chiefs.

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  • Browns' Donovan Peoples-Jones: Catches lone look

    Peoples-Jones caught his only target for 13 yards in Sunday's 17-13 preseason win over the Giants.

    Peoples-Jones' grab came on the first play of the second quarter. That followed an early touchdown reception from teammate KhaDarel Hodge, who's hoping to improve his stock. However, having reportedly worked with Cleveland's offensive starters recently, Peoples-Jones could be competing more with Rashard Higgins than Hodge heading into this season, when Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry undoubtedly will be the top two receiving options. As a rookie last year, Peoples-Jones finished with 14 catches for 304 yards and two touchdown while also serving as a kick and punt returner.

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  • Browns' Donovan Peoples-Jones: First-teamer

    Peoples-Jones has been working with the first-team offense during this week of practice, Zac Jackson of The Athletic reports.

    As a rookie in 2020, Peoples-Jones was behind KhaDarel Hodge in the pecking order to start the season, but the second-year wideout has flipped the script in 2021. He's been one of the stars of camp and should see an expanded role this season, though expectations should be tempered. The Browns run a lot of "12" personnel (two tight ends), meaning two wideouts on the field. More often than not, those two wideouts will be Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry. Peoples-Jones is looking to build off a strong finish from 2020, when he averaged 40 snaps, two catches, three targets and 44 yards per game over the final six contests, including two playoff games.

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  • Browns' Donovan Peoples-Jones: Opens preseason with three catches

    Peoples-Jones recorded three receptions on five targets for 26 yards in Saturday's game against the Jaguars.

    Peoples-Jones has gotten strong reviews for his play early on in training camp, and he's taken advantage of the fact that both Odell Beckham (knee) and Jarvis Landry have been eased into practice. Both were sidelined for the preseason opener, which allowed Peoples-Jones to command several early targets. He played during the team's opening two possessions, beginning the game with a 15-yard reception. Though Rashard Higgins may be the favorite for the third wide receiver role, Peoples-Jones appears to be applying some pressure for the position.

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  • Browns' Donovan Peoples-Jones: Takes advantage of absences

    Peoples-Jones has been given increased usage during drills early in camp, Ellis L. Williams of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

    Peoples-Jones enters camp fourth on the depth chart, but he's getting a lot of love in 11-on-11 drills as the Browns take it easy on Odell Beckham (knee) and Jarvis Landry. That decision with their top-two receivers, plus Rashard Higgins' ankle injury, gives Peoples-Jones and quarterback Baker Mayfield reps to establish a rhythm.

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  • Browns' Donovan Peoples-Jones: Could win No. 3 spot

    Peoples-Jones had an excellent minicamp and figures to compete for the No. 3 receiver job this summer, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

    The 2020 sixth-round pick worked as Cleveland's No. 3 receiver for part of his rookie campaign, including the playoffs, though he drew only 20 targets in 12 regular-season games and three more in the two postseason appearances. Peoples-Jones made the most of his limited opportunities, catching 16 of the 23 targets for 335 yards and two touchdowns while working behind Jarvis Landry and Rashard Higgins. With Odell Beckham (knee) seemingly on track for the season opener, Peoples-Jones will need to leapfrog Higgins in order to secure a top-three role. Rookie third-round pick Anthony Schwartz (hamstring) may also have a say in the matter, and the Browns figure to rank near the top of the NFL in usage of multi-TE formations, in any case.

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  • Browns' Donovan Peoples-Jones: Serves as clear third WR

    Peoples-Jones caught his lone target for 23 yards over 46 snaps in Sunday's 22-17 playoff loss to the Chiefs.

    Even with the return of KhaDarel Hodge, who played eight snaps, Peoples-Jones was the clear third wideout behind Jarvis Landry and Rashard Higgins. That's telling as the Browns head into the offseason. The rookie out of Michigan was on the inactive list the first three games of 2020 but eventually earned a greater role when given an opportunity to play. Initially, he was used as the primary returner and fill-in on offense, then gained the confidence of the coaching staff and replaced Hodge. Peoples-Jones finished the regular season with 14 catches, 20 targets, 304 yards and two touchdowns. With Hodge becoming a restricted free agent and Higgins set to be unrestricted in the coming months, Peoples-Jones is poised to be the full-time No. 3 behind Landry and Odell Beckham (knee) when 2021 kicks off.

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  • Browns' Donovan Peoples-Jones: Added competition Sunday

    Peoples-Jones will compete with KhaDarel Hodge for snaps in this weekend's divisional-round playoff game against Kansas City on Sunday.

    The Browns activated Hodge from the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday, after the receiver had missed last week's playoff-opening win over Pittsburgh. The last time both players were completely healthy and available for a full game was Week 12 against Jacksonville, when Peoples-Jones had a 16-percent share of the snaps while Hodge played 43 percent of the snaps. Since then, either player has been inactive due to injury/illness or injured during a game, so it's uncertain how the two will divvy up the load Sunday against Kansas City. Ultimately, it may not matter. Cleveland head coach Kevin Stefanski may want to keep Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes off the field, and that can be best achieved by leaning on running backs Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-2, 204 lbs
Birthplace: Detroit, MI
Age: 22
Class: Sophomore