No 1. David Njoku (starter) vs. Harrison Bryant
Yes, it is all but clear that David Njoku has already lost his starting job to new Browns tight end Austin Hooper. That said, if the Browns do in fact have big plans to use him in their system like they say they do, Njoku could still see the field a lot. In this specific scenario, let’s hit on Njoku losing the number two tight end spot to rookie Harrison Bryant.
Yes, Njoku is a big red zone target who I do still believe has the potential to get better. With his size, athletic ability, and strength, there is no reason we can’t see him improve. That said, he has never been a consistent option.
From poor blocking on numerous occasions to having a career catch rate of 58 percent, consistency is just not a thing for Njoku. The Browns need consistency now more than ever, and if this continues to be a problem for Njoku, enter Bryant.
The fourth-round pick from Florida Atlantic had 1,004 receiving yards with seven touchdowns in his final collegiate year before the Browns selected him. Averaging over 15 yards per reception, it’s clear that Bryant has the potential to be a massive target for Baker Mayfield, while most of the attention will have to be on the other numerous weapons the Browns have on their roster.
Bryant had a 54 percent catch rate on contested catches alone, while again, Njoku has a 58 percent catch rate overall.