Lions trade pick to Browns for WR Donovan Peoples-Jones

ALLEN PARK, Mich. — Just 60 minutes before the NFL trade deadline, Detroit Lions general manager Brad Holmes surprised everyone with an impromptu news conference, announcing the team’s acquisition of Donovan Peoples-Jones from the Cleveland Browns in exchange for a sixth-round pick in the 2025 draft. This unexpected move bolsters the Lions’ receiving corps following veteran Marvin Jones Jr.’s absence due to personal family matters.

Hailing from Detroit, Peoples-Jones returns home and brings a valuable set of skills to the Lions. According to Holmes, he adds versatility, excellent contested catch abilities, and the ability to play both outside and inside. Besides his intelligence on the field, Peoples-Jones has displayed remarkable durability throughout his career. Holmes believes that Peoples-Jones perfectly fits their team’s ethos and adds a new dimension to their offense.

Currently in his fourth season since being drafted in the sixth round from the University of Michigan in 2020, Peoples-Jones’ arrival is seen as an upgrade to the Lions’ receiving corps. Throughout his career, he has amassed 1,837 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. He has also shown his versatility on special teams, returning 61 punts for 479 yards and one touchdown, as well as 18 kickoff returns for 379 yards.

In the ongoing season, Peoples-Jones has recorded eight receptions for 97 yards in seven games. Last season, he achieved career highs with 61 receptions for 839 yards and three touchdown catches.

Coach Dan Campbell believes that Peoples-Jones’ style of play, versatility, intelligence, and ability to perform in multiple positions make him an excellent fit for the team and the receiving room.


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