3 big storylines to watch when the Browns take on the Texans in Week 13

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Browns, Donovan Peoples-Jones
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No. 2: Can Donovan Peoples-Jones find success with Deshaun Watson?

Coming into the season, Donovan Peoples-Jones was going to be WR2 on the depth chart, but many fans thought he would be the third option in the passing game behind Amari Cooper and tight end David Njoku.

After the first 11 games, DPJ has proven to be a solid WR2 for this team, especially when Njoku missed time due to injury. On the season, Peoples-Jones has caught 42 passes for 593 yards and one touchdown. He has already surpassed his 2021 reception total and is four yards shy of passing his yardage output. He’s also averaging 14.1 yards per catch and had a seven-game stretch of at least four catches and at least 50 yards.

That all came with Jacoby Brissett throwing him the ball as the duo connected a lot of times. Brissett was reluctant to have DPJ catching passes, as he has made a ton of tough, contested catches throughout the season.

Now, the question is can he maintain this success with No. 4 throwing him the rock? Time will obviously tell, but Watson is a much better quarterback than Brissett and that is certainly no knock on No. 7. Before the season, I predicted that DPJ would not surpass 1,000 receiving yards due to the suspension of Watson, but now, that could be changed.

If Watson and Peoples-Jones can find similar success to what the latter had with Brissett, then DPJ has a good chance at having over 407 receiving yards over the final six games.