Cleveland Browns: 3 players to watch in Week 17 against Washington

Cleveland Browns, Deshaun Watson. (Photo by Kevin Sabitus/Getty Images)
Cleveland Browns, Deshaun Watson. (Photo by Kevin Sabitus/Getty Images) /
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Cleveland Browns, Donovan Peoples-Jones
Browns, Donovan Peoples-Jones. (Photo by Nick Cammett/Getty Images) /

Cleveland Browns player No. 2 to watch: Donovon Peoples-Jones, WR

In last week’s game against the Saints, it was a bit of a surprise that Donovon Peoples-Jones had such a poor outing. The weather was a factor, but DPJ has usually been a reliable receiver for the Browns this season. He’s already had the best campaign of his career with 58 catches for 784 yards and two touchdowns.

In the Week 16 loss, he was targeted five times and missed out on four of those passes. There were none bigger than the drop he had in the back corner of the endzone in the closing seconds when his team needed him to catch the ball to give them a tie at the moment against New Orleans.

With warmer weather on the horizon for the game in Washington on Sunday, I’d expect to see DPJ and Watson try to work together a few times in this one. He’s had 10 games of catching four passes or more this season and he’s put together 11 games with more than 30 yards.

Despite the poor outing against New Orleans, he’s got an outside chance to reach 1,000 yards on the season and that would be a rare thing for two Browns receivers to reach — Cooper has already crossed that mark this year.