Ja’Marcus Bradley in place of Donovan Peoples-Jones
Donovan Peoples-Jones isn’t going to improve, people. He’s a sixth-round draft pick for a reason and a relatively slow one at that. His near 4.6 40-time wouldn’t be an issue if he was on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or Seattle Seahawks but currently, he’s a dime a dozen on the Browns.
He’s not an overly great route-runner, he’s average (at best) with his hands and he’s oftentimes unable to get separation. Now, playing Ja’Marcus Bradley is risky; no doubt. He’s not proven, he’s not that reliable at the moment but he does something no one else (who’s healthy) on the Browns receiving corp can do; stretch the defense.
Bradley’s 4.4 40-time makes him among the fastest players the team has. Well, the fastest and with the least negative tape on him. Guys like Anthony Schwartz and Demetric Felton are blazing, but unreliable catching the ball, or running routes, or blocking, or…well you get the point.
Or David Njoku in place of Donovan Peoples-Jones, with Johnny Stanton, called up to play the third tight end.
With the Browns down to two healthy tight ends, three when Harrison Bryant gets healthy again, you may not want to do this right away. That said, what if you want to get interesting? Try David Njoku out at wide receiver. It’s not like he can be somehow worse than Peoples-Jones or any other receiver on the team for that matter.
And, honestly, he’s (4.64) faster than Jarvis Landry (4.77). In fact, he was faster than Landry before the hip injury changed things. Njoku’s a bigger target and he’s already leading the team as Baker Mayfield’s number one option, so why not.
As for who replaces Njoku, that’d be Johnny Stanton. At this point, his blocking and potential playmaking potential could be enough to satisfy Kevin Stefanski’s weird three-tight end fantasy he has. Who knows, but normally I wouldn’t say this; Njoku needs more passes thrown his way.
If that means calling up Stanton to get him on the outside and play the matchups, then so be it.