3 Cleveland Browns who could land extensions this season
By Randy Gurzi
3. David Njoku, Tight End
This isn’t a name that’s generating a lot of buzz but heading into the 2020 season, there’s a lot to be figured out when it comes to tight end David Njoku. A former first-round pick, Njoku was solid as a rookie and seemed to really take off in his second year for Cleveland.
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During that 2018 campaign, Njoku had 56 receptions for 639 yards and four touchdowns. Understandably, this led to some excitement about what he could do in 2019. Unfortunately, the third-year player did very little for the Browns.
He was hurt early in the season and then when he did return, head coach Freddie Kitchens showed no interest using him. This game after he was called out for his blocking in the offseason by John Dorsey.
It was clear Njoku wasn’t a favorite of the previous regime. However, he was someone that Andrew Berry and his co-workers with Cleveland liked a lot. Njoku now enters this season without as bright of a star thanks to the lack of targets.
Berry could actually use this to his advantage. With Njoku not as big of a name, they could look to add a couple of seasons to his expiring rookie deal.
The reason for doing this is simple — Njoku is a talented pass catcher and has the kind of play-making ability that can open the Browns offense up. And now that they have a coach in Kevin Stefanski that understands how to get his tight ends involved, Njoku could finally reach his full potential.