A five-star recruit with obvious talent, there seemed to be no reason for Donovan Peoples-Jones to not succeed in college. Of course, his tenure ended with more frustration than celebration after three seasons in Ann Arbor, and while there is plenty of blame to go around, the reality is that this was an opportunity missed.
Peoples-Jones ended up slipping into the sixth round, but that does not mean there are no expectations. After a modest rookie year with a couple touchdowns, The Athletic’s Zac Jackson tabs the receiver a a clear breakout candidate:
While Peoples-Jones isn’t even guaranteed the Browns’ No. 3 wide receiver job — if that’s even a formal title/role on this loaded offense — he has done enough to show his coaches and evaluators that his infrequent but impressive contributions last season were no fluke. We’ve clearly seen that Mayfield trusts Peoples-Jones and wants to get him the ball, and even though it’s early August, it’s not too early for a gentle reminder that the future of the Browns’ talented and currently highly paid wide receiver position remains wide open.
It is still a bit of a sensitive subject to think about Peoples-Jones’s (and Nico Collins’s) Michigan careers, but it would be awesome to see both players succeed in the pros. Give the full article a read and be sure to follow DPJ as he heads into Year Two.
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