The Browns wide receiver room got a huge boost in the last week with the addition of Donovan Peoples-Jones in the sixth round of the 2020 draft, as well as the re-signing of Rashard Higgins. Just one week ago the Browns depth chart went from Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry to Damion Ratley.
The Browns now bring in experience with Higgins and size with Peoples-Jones. In 2018, Higgins racked up 572 receiving yards and four touchdowns before an odd year in 2019 where he struggled to connect with head coach Freddie Kitchens. Peoples-Jones is a big target at 6-foot-2 and 212 pounds. With 4.48 speed, the former top recruit could be one of the biggest steals in the 2020 draft if developed properly.
With those two additions, the future does not look great for Ratley or Taywan Taylor. With JoJo Natson and KhaDarel Hodge playing big roles on special teams, it’s unlikely the team will carry more than six active receivers.
Ratley was a sixth-round pick by the Browns in 2018 and after a great rookie camp, he never quite lived up to expectations. Ratley had 24 receptions for 200 yards and one touchdown in 2019.
Taylor came to Cleveland for a late-round draft pick before the season in 2019, but never really got a chance to perform. After two promising years with the Tennessee Titans, Taylor only had one target and zero receptions all last season.
Both Ratley and Taylor are NFL caliber players, but with the added depth, look for both guys to be on the outside looking in on making the final roster in 2020.