Browns WR Donovan Peoples-Jones continues to be clutch with contested catches

Browns, Donovan Peoples-Jones. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports
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Last season for the Browns Peoples-Jones made plenty of contested catches and that trend continued into week one of the 2022 season.

The Cleveland Browns passing attack in the Week 1 victory over the Carolina Panthers wasn’t potent or something right home about, but some plays were made. Donovan Peoples-Jones has a unique blend of size and athleticism which gives him the potential to create mismatches in the passing game. After a solid season in contested catches in 2021 he had another day where he shined in that area Sunday.

During the game against the Panthers when Jacoby Brissett and the Browns needed a play quite often they turned to DPJ who finished leading the team with six catches for 60 yards. But he shined in spots where he used his size and hands to make catches in tight coverage.

In 2021 he had 16 clutch catches on 23 attempts, with poor QB play, and followed it up by going 3-for-3 in such situations in Week1.

If Peoples-Jones can continue to provide a big target to go to no matter how tight the coverage the Browns may have a chance to get the passing game going. With Jacoby Brissett at quarterback, it will be difficult and he will need his wide receivers to elevate his play DPJ showed he may be able to be the guy to help do that.

He must work to continue to be consistent but for a room that lacks proven talent behind Amari Cooper if Peoples-Jones can continue to make plays in these tough situations then the Browns’ offense might be ok in 2022.

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