Cleveland Browns: Top 5 players to watch in the preseason
1. Donovan Peoples-Jones
The buzz around training camp so far is that Peoples-Jones has been borderline unstoppable. The Browns should have a pretty darn good secondary too, so it’s not like Peoples-Jones is beating up on undrafted rookies.
He exceeded expectations for a sixth-round pick last year, and his physical potential is off the charts, so if he takes a step forward in year two, Cleveland’s passing game will benefit greatly. He was already one of the only receivers on the team capable of winning downfield, and now, with hopefully more refined route running, he should have a larger role.
Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. shouldn’t dress for the preseason. Peoples-Jones may not even play that much given that he’s already relatively established and isn’t fighting for a roster spot. But on the snaps he does play, it would be nice to see his training camp success carry over to on-field performance against another team.
If that happens, he could end up as the third option sooner than later, and perhaps even work his way up to No. 2 at some point. Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer said that he believed Peoples-Jones should’ve been a top-10 pick; now, he’ll get a first-hand glance at whether he was right.