Cleveland Browns Bold Prediction No. 2: Donovan Peoples-Jones will have his breakout day
If you followed the Cleveland Browns during their training camp, then you know one thing for sure, Donovan Peoples-Jones was primed to have a breakout year. All camp long, day in and day out, Peoples-Jones was making plays and stealing headlines. Peoples-Jones’ name was on the tip of every media member who visited Berea’s tongue.
Even in the brief playing time he received in the preseason, Peoples-Jones appeared to have made a massive leap in his development as a pro. He flashed as a rookie, but now it looked as if he was ready to make his mark on the NFL.
Then…the regular season came. In what was viewed as two offensive juggernauts going to battle when the Browns traveled to Kansas City, Peoples-Jones was an afterthought. The second-year wide receiver was targeted once, hauling in the pass for four yards. Not the season debut that anyone predicted for DPJ.
In week two, the volume was the same, but the outcome was far worse. Peoples-Jones was targeted one time, again catching his lone target except this time he fumbled the ball immediately. To call it a slow start to his sophomore campaign would be a gross understatement.
During the first two games of the season, two rookies have emerged as offensive playmakers in the wide receiver room. Both Demetric Felton and Anthony Schwartz have displayed their dynamic capabilities and provided much-needed sparks.
However, with Jarvis Landry going on Injured Reserve and the status of Odell Beckham up in the air, the Browns need Peoples-Jones to step into a larger role. In week three, against the Chicago Bears, DPJ will answer the call.
Not only will Peoples-Jones lead the Browns in receptions and yards, but he will also score a highlight reel touchdown that will set the tone for the rest of his season. Peoples-Jones might have stumbled out of the blocks but he is about to hit his stride.