Player Outlook
Entering his third NFL season, Cephus has a path toward playing time as he returns from last year's broken collarbone, but hasn't done much with his opportunities thus far and has more competition than ever after the Lions drafted Jameson Williams. He's best left off your Fantasy rosters.

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2021 15 204 13.60 2 0.00 346.8
2020 20 349 17.45 2 0.00 463.5
3y Avg. 18 276 15.33 2 0.00 394.3
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  • Lions' Quintez Cephus: Injures leg, should be OK

    Head coach Dan Campbell doesn't think the leg injury Cephus suffered in Tuesday's practice is serious, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. "[Cephus] will be down for we feel like a short period of time, but I think he's going to be OK," Campbell said. Cephus was helped off the practice field Tuesday, slowing his momentum in what's otherwise been a strong offseason by all accounts. The 2020 fifth-round pick missed most of last season with a broken collarbone, then saw the Lions add DJ Chark and Jameson Williams (knee) to their receiving corps this spring. Still, there's an opportunity for Cephus to win the third or fourth receiver spot to start the season, especially with Williams unlikely to be available following his ACL tear in January,
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  • Lions' Quintez Cephus: 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. 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.
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  • Lions' Quintez Cephus: Candidate for key role in 2022

    Lions wide receivers coach Antwaan Randle El spoke highly of Cephus (collarbone) when discussing Detroit's search for a true No. 1 option to handle the X role on the outside, 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." The Lions are well-stocked with short-range weaponry but are lacking in 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 a starting role 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.
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  • Lions' Quintez Cephus: Moves to COVID list

    Cephus (undisclosed) was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston reports. 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.
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  • Lions' Quintez Cephus: Shifts to IR

    Cephus (collarbone) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday. The transaction was fully expected after Cephus sustained a broken collarbone in the team's Week 5 loss to the Vikings. The injury will likely sideline the wideout for the remainder of the season, leaving an already weak Lions receiving corps in dire shape as Tyrell Williams (concussion) is 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 top wideouts.
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  • Lions' Quintez Cephus: Likely done for season

    Lions head coach Dan Campbell confirmed Monday that Cephus likely will 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. 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.
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  • Lions' Quintez Cephus: Diagnosed with broken collarbone

    Cephus suffered a broken collarbone in Sunday's loss to the Vikings, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. 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 also will have the opportunity to carve out additional snaps while Cephus is out.
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  • Lions' Quintez Cephus: 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. 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.
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  • Lions' Quintez Cephus: Not returning Sunday

    Cephus (shoulder) was ruled out of Sunday's game in Minnesota. 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.
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  • Lions' Quintez Cephus: Picks up shoulder injury

    Cephus injured his shoulder during the first half of Sunday's game at Minnesota. 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.
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  • Lions' Quintez Cephus: Career-high 83 receiving yards

    Cephus caught four of five targets for 83 yards during Sunday's 24-14 loss to Chicago. 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 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.
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  • Lions' Quintez Cephus: One catch against Ravens

    Cephus secured his only target for eight yards during Sunday's 19-17 loss to the Ravens. 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.
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  • Lions' Quintez Cephus: 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. 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 priority 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.
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  • Lions' Quintez Cephus: 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. 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 only 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 is building good chemistry with new quarterback Jared Goff through their first couple games together.
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  • Lions' Quintez Cephus: 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. 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 from 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.
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  • Lions' Quintez Cephus: 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. 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.
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  • Lions' Quintez Cephus: Makes preseason debut

    Cephus caught two of three targets for 15 yards during Saturday's preseason loss to Pittsburgh. 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.
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  • Lions' Quintez Cephus: Mixes back into practice

    Cephus (head) returned to practice Monday, Chris Burke of The Athletic reports. Cephus was away from the field for more than a week due to a head injury suffered in practice 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 as part of a receiving corps that's currently down Breshad Perriman (hip) and Kalif Raymond (undisclosed).
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  • Lions' Quintez Cephus: Gets competition for snaps

    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. Despite the overhaul at the position, Cephus still seems like the future of the Lions wideout corps, considering both Williams and Perriman are only signed to one-year deals. Meanwhile, no other notable Lions wideout is under contract beyond 2021 besides Cephus. However, given this "band-aid" approach Detroit appears to be taking to wide receiver this offseason, the team may be planning on using the draft to add pass catchers, perhaps as early as the No. 7 overall pick. Should Detroit ultimately choose not to invest significant draft capital into a difference-making receiver or 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.
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  • Lions' Quintez Cephus: Catches touchdown in season finale

    Cephus caught two of three targets for 51 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 37-35 loss to Minnesota. 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 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, Cephus also will finish the year with a 57 percent catch rate, which undoubtedly will need to improve for him to take the next step. Fortunately, there should be ample opportunity for the Wisconsin product to do so, as he's the only member of the Lions' current receiving corps that remains under contract beyond the end of the league year.
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