The Daily Dawg Tags brings you all the Cleveland Browns news you need to know, including David Njoku’s future not in doubt according to Andrew Berry.
Njoku needed to have a breakout season in 2019 after showing improved play in 2018. After being injured for most of the season, Njoku became a healthy scratch for a few games at the end of the season, even though he was healthy.
Despite having a new coaching staff and a new front office in Cleveland, the question about Njoku’s future remains. The new regime has even made it seem like Njoku is not in the future plans based on some of their moves this offseason.
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Today’s featured article takes a look at Njoku’s future and what general manager Andrew Berry had to say about the 23-year-old tight end.
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"“To David, our perspective remains the same. I have been pretty consistent this offseason in terms of we still have a ton of belief in David,” Berry said. “He is very talented. Obviously, he was not on the field much last year, but he is a guy with outstanding physical tools, he has proven NFL production, and we still think the future is very bright with him here."
At 23-years-old, Njoku still has plenty of time to grow into the potential of being a top receiving tight end in the NFL. He was clearly derailed by his injury in 2019 and an inexperienced coaching staff. With Kevin Stefanski’s preference to use multiple tight ends in his offense, Njoku clearly has a role in Cleveland. However, it just might not be as big considering he will be the No. 2 tight end, and could even potentially become the No. 3 tight end.
The 2020 NFL Draft was the biggest test of Berry’s tenure as the Browns general manager. Casey Kinnamon discusses what we have learned from Berry after his first free agency and draft as a NFL general manager.
"“Keeping teams in base defense can be helpful at times,” he said in a Zoom call with reporters on Saturday. “Not every game, but sometimes you go into a game and you like to keep them in their base scheme with three linebackers on the field and keep them out of their nickel sub-packages, which can a lot of times bring some exotic pressures.”"
Stefanski’s philosophy of using multiple tight ends is designed to create some unpredictability with the offense, but also to create some control of what the defense does. With the addition of Harrison Bryant in the draft, it is clear Stefanski will once again bring this philosophy to Cleveland, and it should help Baker Mayfield continue to grow as a quarterback.
The Cleveland Browns were viewed as the second or third best team in the AFC North prior to the draft. Todd Matthews takes a look at where the Browns stand in the division following the 2020 NFL Draft.