Cleveland Browns Player Who Benefits Most No. 3: Donovan Peoples-Jones
Donovan Peoples-Jones has had a solid first two seasons in the NFL. The third-year receiver out of Michigan has hauled in 48 passes for 901 yards and five touchdowns. From year one to year two, Peoples-Jones had 20 more receptions, nearly 300 more yards, and one more touchdown. That’s not a bad rookie and sophomore campaign.
In 2021, DPJ led the Browns in receiving yards at 597, had the second-most touchdowns (tied for second with Austin Hooper) with three, and had the third-most targets (58) behind Hooper and Jarvis Landry. I think he was a bit overvalued by many Browns fans due to an impressive training camp, but he had a pretty good year regardless, all things considered.
Last season he could and should have had much better numbers, but that was partially due to the quarterback play. He was open a lot and either the ball wouldn’t get to him or he wouldn’t be seen. With Watson, that should help him out tremendously and really boosts his chances of improving in his third professional season.
Not only will the addition of Watson benefit Peoples-Jones, but so will the addition of Amari Cooper, who the Browns acquired in a trade with the Cowboys. DPJ will be able to be under the learning tree of the eight-year veteran. In Dallas, alongside Cooper, CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup were able to flourish due to the attention that Cooper often warranted.
The same thing will be the case for Peoples-Jones, especially if the Browns go out and add another veteran, playmaking receiver.