There were a lot of negative takeaways from Sunday’s Cleveland Browns loss to the Arizona Cardinals.
In the pursuit of some positive news, let’s talk about the bright spot from the Week 6 game.
It may be the only bright spot, but at least there is one.
He is Donovan Peoples-Jones.
DPJ was responsible for both touchdown catches.
He was as composed as a steely veteran (as compared to a second-year player) while standing in the pack of players trying to pull in the Hail Mary pass from Baker Mayfield to end the first half.
Holy smokes. Baker Mayfield launches a Hail Mary and Donovan Peoples-Jones comes down with it! pic.twitter.com/EucELAu2lq
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) October 17, 2021
DPJ definitely needs to get more targets.
He was targeted five times against the Cardinals, caught four of the passes, and scored two touchdowns.
As the Browns offense struggles, he needs to become a bigger part of it.
He is tough, has great hands, and can run when the ball gets to him.
Nothing was stopping Donovan Peoples-Jones from getting into the end zone 😳
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) October 17, 2021
One of his biggest fans is Urban Meyer who talked about DPJ in 2020.
Meyer still regretted not landing him at Ohio State; DPJ selected Michigan.
“In high school, Donovan was one of the best receivers I’ve ever seen”.
Improved In His Second Year
For practically the entire summer, we have been hearing how well DPJ was playing.
He worked hard in the offseason and was greatly improved.
DPJ was due for a breakout game, and it looks like this was it.
In late July, Coach Stefanski was asked about his expectations for DPJ in 2021.
“Donovan did a nice job for us last season. I think you saw his role grow as he got more comfortable….. we’re looking forward to what he’s going to bring this year.”
Stefanski made these comments in the same week we saw this maneuver from Peoples-Jones at camp.
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) July 28, 2021
As we await Jarvis Landry‘s return to the field, we definitely need to see more DPJ magic on game days.