Cephus should have an opportunity to be a starting outside receiver this season, Nick Baumgardner and Chris Burke of the Athletic report.
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 a downgrade, Cephus ultimately seems primed to top the 365 total offensive snaps he logged as a rookie.
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.
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.
Cephus caught one of two targets for nine yards during Saturday's 47-7 loss to Tampa Bay.
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 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.
Cephus caught one of three targets for 36 yards during Sunday's 46-25 loss to the Titans.
Clearly running behind Marvin Jones but not trailing Mohamed Sanu and Danny Amendola by much, 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.
Cephus caught both his targets for 16 yards during Sunday's 31-24 loss to Green Bay.
Cephus (33 snaps) again saw just as much playing time as Danny Amendola (35) but 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) miss time or Kenny Golladay (hip) return to action, Cephus will be especially hard to trust as a fantasy option in Week 15 against the Titans.
Cephus hauled in two of four targets for 63 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 34-30 win against the Bears.
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.
Cephus (non-injury related) rejoined the Lions for practice Friday, Justin Rogers of The Detroit News reports.
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.
Cephus (non-injury related) didn't practice Thursday, Justin Rogers of The Detroit News reports.
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.
Cephus (undisclosed) didn't practice Wednesday.
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.
Cephus caught two of two passes for 27 yards during Thursday's 41-25 loss to Houston.
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.
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.
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 now 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.
Cephus caught one of two targets for 10 yards during Sunday's 30-27 win over Washington.
No receiver other than Marvin Jones saw more than four targets on a day the Lions were able to move the ball through running back D'Andre Swift. However, with Danny Amendola (hip) now likely joining Kenny Golladay (hip) and Jamal Agnew (hip) on the injury report, it's possible Cephus could serve as a top-three receiver for Detroit in Week 11 against Carolina. How involved Cephus's teammates are in practice this week will be telling in how big of a role the Wisconsin product may play.
Cephus caught both of his targets for 31 yards during Sunday's loss to the Vikings.
Unlike Week 1 when Cephus saw 10 targets and 79 percent of the playing time in the absence of Kenny Golladay (hip), this time he saw 41 percent of the playing time and was an afterthought behind Marvin Jones, Danny Amendola and Marvin Hall. While not many receivers command double-digit targets on a weekly basis anyway, Cephus seems especially unlikely to even see the playing time that could allow for a return to that kind of volume unless another receiver joins Golladay on the sidelines.
Cephus (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game versus the Colts.
Cephus will sit out a third straight game as a healthy scratch. He's all of a sudden buried on the depth chart after being targeted 13 times over his first two NFL games when Kenny Golladay was out of the lineup. Golladay, Marvin Jones and Danny Amendola are all healthy and prepared to take on large workloads Sunday, leaving Cephus on the outside looking in. The fifth-round pick will need to keep developing before securing consistent playing time.
Cephus (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's matchup against Jacksonville.
Cephus attracted 13 combined targets Weeks 1 and 2, including a gargantuan 10 targets during the season-opening loss to Chicago, but his offensive involvement has completely fallen by the wayside with the return of Kenny Golladay to the lineup. The reigning Pro Bowl wideout sat out Detroit's first two contests of the year because of a hamstring injury, but with that issue having been cleared upon Golladay's Sept. 27 return against Arizona, Cephus has been relegated to a healthy-scratch designation for the first time in 2020.
Cephus recorded no targets or receptions during Sunday's 35-29 loss to New Orleans.
The 2020 fifth-round pick from Wisconsin played over 65 percent of the offensive snaps Weeks 1 and 2 while Pro Bowl wideout Kenny Golladay missed time with a hamstring injury. In those contests Cephus accumulated six receptions on his 13 targets, collecting 97 receiving yards. Over the past two weeks, however, Cephus has not had a pass thrown his way in the offensive attack, while playing 15 or fewer percent of the snaps in each outing. He remains a depth WR option for Detroit heading into the team's next game, which is set to take place Oct. 18 at Jacksonville.
Cephus was not targeted during Sunday's 26-23 win over Arizona.
With a healthy Kenny Golladay back in the fold, Cephus saw just 10 offensive snaps after logging over 100 combined over the first two weeks of the season. As long as Golladay, Marvin Jones and Danny Amendola stay healthy, don't expect Cephus to return to his season-opening role anytime soon.
Cephus caught all three of his targets for 54 yards during Sunday's 42-21 loss to Green Bay.
After seeing 10 targets in the season opener, Cephus predictably experienced a significant downturn in offensive involvement despite the continued absence of Kenny Golladay (hamstring). While Golladay's impending return eventually will push Cephus back to the fringes of the fantasy radar, Golladay isn't a lock to see a full workload even if he suits up for Week 3 against the Cardinals. Should Golladay sit or be limited in any way, it's worth keeping in mind that Cephus has seen more red-zone targets than any other member of the Lions receiving corps through two weeks.
With Kenny Golladay (hamstring) out for another week, Cephus should get a lot of playing time Sunday in Green Bay, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.
The rookie fifth-round pick got 10 targets and 79 percent snap share in a 27-23 loss to the Bears last week. A repeat of the target volume doesn't seem all that likely, but Cephus should at least have a starting job and regular snaps coming his way again.
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|2||Sun 09/20||@ GB||L 21-42||3||54||18.0||36||0|
|3||Sun 09/27||@ ARI||W 26-23||0||0||-||-||0|
|4||Sun 10/04||vs NO||L 29-35||0||0||-||-||0|
|7||Sun 10/25||@ ATL||L 23-22||0||0||-||-||0|
|8||Sun 11/01||@ DET||L 41-21||0||0||-||-||0|
|9||Sun 11/08||@ MIN||L 20-34||2||31||15.5||20||0|
|10||Sun 11/15||vs WAS||W 30-27||1||10||10.0||10||0|
|11||Sun 11/22||@ CAR||L 0-20||1||9||9.0||9||0|
|12||Thu 11/26||vs HOU||L 25-41||2||27||13.5||16||0|
|13||Sun 12/06||@ CHI||W 34-30||2||63||31.5||49||1|
|14||Sun 12/13||vs GB||L 24-31||2||16||8.0||8||0|
|15||Sun 12/20||@ TEN||L 25-46||1||36||36.0||36||0|
|16||Sat 12/26||vs TB||L 7-47||1||9||9.0||9||0|
|17||Sun 01/03||vs MIN||L 35-37||2||51||25.5||31||1|
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