Field the dang ball
Donovan Peoples-Jones, this one is for you. Sincerely, read this. Do what the title says. Field the dang ball. Watching Donovan Peoples-Jones botch the kick-off in the fourth quarter against the Dallas Cowboys was one of the most nerve-wracking things fans of the Browns have seen in years. Mostly because the team is finally playing competitive football and wins are expected, but still.
Peoples-Jones has shown everyone he was not a good draft selection so far. Sure, it’s only four games in but he wasn’t a starter at Michigan, and he hasn’t really cracked any real playing time otherwise. He quite literally only has one job to do. If he can’t do that, then why is he on this team? The Browns are going to need him to step up, do his job, and not make boneheaded mistakes that could cost a potential playoff team valuable wins. If the team was 0-4, screw it, but leave him in. They’re not, they’re 3-1 and can’t afford to blow games because of botched decision making.
Those types of mistakes tend to follow a player, and if it follows Peoples-Jones into a second game, it’s going to be time to have some hard conversations about what to do with the rookie and the job he does.