J.R. DeGroote

NFL, Football, NBA, Basketball
Arizona State University
Waikoloa, Hawaii


J.R. DeGroote is a sports journalist covering the NFL and NBA for Heavy.com, with a focus on the Cleveland Browns and Dallas Cowboys.

He covered local and statewide sports as a reporter for West Hawaii Today and has decades of experience in digital media with previous stops at SB Nation and Bleacher Report.

He has won multiple state, regional and national honors for sports reporting and photography.


J.R. DeGroote earned a bachelor of arts degree in journalism and mass communication from Arizona State University in 2014.

Latest Articles From J.R. DeGroote

  • Browns Send Message on Plan for Deshaun Watson’s Return

    Deshaun Watson has returned to the field and the Cleveland Browns feel good about their franchise quarterback going forward.

  • ‘Wild’ Proposed Trade Would Send Vikings WR Justin Jefferson to Browns

  • Browns QB Deshaun Watson Called Out After OTA Debut

  • Browns Sign Speedy Former Seahawks Receiver Ahead of OTAs

  • Browns Get Positive Update on Nick Chubb Ahead of OTAs

  • Browns Cut Ties With Quarterback in Interesting Reversal

    The Cleveland Browns have waived quarterback Jacob Sirmon ahead of the start of organized team activities.

  • Browns Receiver Predicted to be Squeezed Out Ahead of Season

  • Browns QB Deshaun Watson Issues 4-Word Statement on Opener

  • Extension for $100 Million Browns Playmaker Not ‘Imminent’

  • Viral Clip of Browns RB Nick Chubb Revs Up Speculation on Future

  • Browns Star David Njoku Sends Message to Cowboys on Opener

    David Njoku feels that the NFL knew what it was doing when it scheduled the Cleveland Browns' opener against the Dallas Cowboys.

  • Cowboys QB Dak Prescott Pitched as ‘Package Deal’ for NFC East Rival

  • Browns QB Deshaun Watson Put on Notice Ahead of Defining Season

  • Browns Scoop Up ‘Workout Warrior’ Receiver After Release

  • Cowboys QB Dak Prescott on Receiving End of Tom Brady Callout

  • Browns QB Named Among Top Trade Candidates

  • Browns Veteran Announces Retirement Plans Ahead of Season

  • Browns Add New QB Behind Deshaun Watson Amid Injury Issues

  • Browns Part Ways With Former Draft Pick Ahead of Rookie Camp

  • Browns RB Gets Vote of Confidence Amid Nick Chubb Uncertainty

    The Cleveland Browns are confident Jerome Ford can be a significant contributor if Nick Chubb is not ready for the start of the season.

  • Browns Strong Fit for Recently Released Cowboys WR

  • Browns Predicted to Land First-Round QB as Watson Successor

  • Browns CB Greg Newsome Breaks Silence on Extension Talks

  • Cowboys Send Strong Message on Dak Prescott’s Future Amid Rumors

  • Nuggets Star Jamal Murray Called Out by T-Wolves for Dangerous Actions

    The Minnesota Timberwolves were not happy with Denver Nuggets star Jamal Murray for tossing a heat pack onto the court during Game 2.

  • Browns Send Strong Message on Nick Chubb’s Comeback Effort

  • Browns QB Named as Potential Trade Bait Amid Talent Surplus

  • Former Browns WR Odell Beckham Jr. Finds New Home With AFC Contender

  • LeBron James Expected to Return to Lakers: Report

  • Browns RB Nick Chubb Shares Rare Message on Return

    Nick Chubb has been quiet this offseason, but the Cleveland Browns' Dark Knight seems well on his way to returning to the field.