6 Browns with rising stock following win over Bengals

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2. Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR

Donovan Peoples-Jones has had his best season to date. He’s in his third season with the Browns and the hope that he’d become that legitimate No. 2 wide receiver behind veteran Amari Cooper is starting to take shape. He already has 30 receptions for 417 yards at the bye. His career high had been 34 catches for 597 yards, so he’s already about to run by those numbers in the next few games.

It’s also been about his consistency moving forward and that has started to happen. He’s had more than 71 yards receiving in four games this season and has done that in the last three straight. He’s made some very difficult receptions over his career and that continues to happen. You also don’t see him drop passes that are intended for him. He’s been targeted 46 times so far and caught 30 of them.

DPJ is a busy player too as he’s also been tasked with fielding punt returns this season, so the multitasker has done a good job of making the most of his chances.

1. Ethan Pocic, C

The former Seattle Seahawk came to the Browns this offseason in free agency and has had a great year so far. Cleveland’s offensive line has had a reputation for being one of the best in the league and Pocic has come in and fit right in.

Currently, he’s ranked first in the NFL in offensive snaps with 560. He’s only allowed one sack and has had no penalties called against him. In the win against the Bengals, it was more of the same outstanding play. He finished with a 94 overall grade from PFF.

Pocic is only on a one-year deal with the Browns and it might be a very good move to lock him up on a new deal as the season moves forward. Finding talented linemen that can give you the kind of production we’re seeing from Pocic is hard to find.