Ratley caught two of three targets for 50 yards in Monday's 23-3 win over the Jets in Week 2. Ratley received a bigger share of playing time in Week 2 as Rashard Higgins (knee) was held out of the contest. Ratley has caught four of the five balls thrown his way, but he's fighting for scraps after quarterback Baker Mayfield feeds Odell Beckham (21 targets) and Jarvis Landry (14).
Ratley caught both of his targets for 17 yards in Sunday's 43-13 loss to the Titans in Week 1. Ratley (35 snaps) and Rashard Higgins (32) essentially shared the third wideout role while Odell Beckham (73 snaps, 11 targets) and Jarvis Landry (73, seven) dominated the targets for the position group. Ratley, a 2018 sixth-round draft pick, will likely continue in a similar role for the next three weeks until the Browns welcome back Antonio Callaway from a four-game suspension.
Ratley (hamstring) made the Browns roster and opens the season as the fifth wideout on the depth chart. Ratley appeared in his first preseason game in the fourth week, getting one target over his 27 snaps. A 2018 sixth-round draft pick out of Texas A&M, Ratley brings speed to the position, which likely played a factor in general manager John Dorsey's decision to keep him. He'll get at least four weeks to prove he belongs before Anthony Callaway (suspension) returns to the team.
Ratley (hamstring) is expected to play in Thursday's preseason finale against the Lions, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports. Coach Freddie Kitchens said the same thing last week, but Ratley was unable to play against the Buccaneers. Ratley, who has yet to make an appearance in the preseason, is on the roster bubble entering the final exhibition contest. The Browns likely have two spots still up for grabs, with performances from players like Ratley on Thursday expected to help the front office and coaching staff settle the decision.
Ratley is expected to make his preseason debut Friday against the Buccaneers, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports. Ratley, a sixth-round draft pick in 2018, is fighting for a roster spot after missing the past two games and most of camp with a hamstring injury.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/23||Los Angeles Rams||2||11.00|
|5||10/08||@San Francisco 49ers||15||23.00|
|8||10/27||@New England Patriots||3||14.00|
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|3 Year Avg||20||13||144||0||5||11.08||14|