Closing statements on the defense of David Njoku
Njoku will be just as important for the Browns in 2020 as the Browns will be for him. While a second contract may not be in his future, he is still under contract for two more seasons in Cleveland and will need to prove he is worth a big contract in free agency; expect him to play hard in order to make his money.
Washing the 2019 season due to the humiliating leadership of the team and his long term injury, Njoku is a high ceiling player who has played at a high level in 2018. With only three drops since Week 8 of 2018, this area of his game is vastly overblown. Sure, he struggles as a blocker, but most of the high caliber tight ends in the NFL today are as well; Rob Gronkowski and George Kittle are a rare breed.
While fans will continue to love to hate him, it will be no surprise to see him on the field early and often this season in the brown and orange.
The sky is the limit for Njoku, a type of athlete that does not grow on trees, and he will be given a significant role as the second tight end in a two tight end system when Week 1 rolls around next month.