David Njoku in elite company already
What if I told you that Njoku was ahead of the curve of the likes of Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez, and future Hall of Famers in Kelce and Greg Olsen after the second year of his career? Not only this, but Njoku posted a great line in 2018 at a position that usually takes four years to adjust to the NFL level from the college level.
Through the first two seasons of Njoku’s career, he has recorded more touchdowns and yards receiving than all three of the other players listed above and was within five catches of Gonzalez and Olson for catches in their first two seasons. So if we are not holding the absolute fiasco of the 2019 season against the players based off of the mismanagement at the head coach and general manager position, and given he had his season washed out by a broken wrist and a concussion, then why is their a readiness to give up on Njoku already?
Again, the tight end position is one of the harder ones to transition from the college level to the pros, and given his elite athletic ability, Njoku has yet to hit his ceiling as one of the best tight ends in the league. Should he have stayed healthy he certainly could have shown such in 2019 for the Browns.
Knowing what comes next in the argument, however, we address the most frequent counterpoint next: Njoku’s ability to block.