The 5 best performances by Cleveland Browns players in Week 1

Browns, David Njoku. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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BALTIMORE, MD – SEPTEMBER 13: David Njoku #85 of the Cleveland Browns catches a pass against Tavon Young #25 of the Baltimore Ravens during the first half at M&T Bank Stadium on September 13, 2020 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) /

2. David Njoku

I was pretty shocked to see how well David Njoku performed against the Ravens in Week 1. It seemed like his role in this offense was going to be minimal heading into the season, but he made the most out of the opportunities he was given. This game he really looked like the tight end you expect your former first-round pick to become.

Njoku was targeted only three times in this game, catching all three passes for 50 yards and a touchdown. Maybe this type of efficiency will net him more targets against the Bengals and throughout the rest of the season. His role as a pass-catching tight end is becoming an extremely valuable one in the NFL.

In the passing game, he had a significantly higher impact than Austin Hooper, who was brought in this past offseason to be the number one tight end on this Browns roster. In all, Njoku was second on the Browns offense in receiving yards this past game, tied for second for receptions, and was the only Browns player to score a touchdown.

If Njoku will have this type of production throughout the season, he could be sticking around in Cleveland a lot longer than anyone currently expects. He’s only 24 years old and the Browns shouldn’t even consider giving up on him just yet. Especially after he was one of the only bright spots on the team so far this season.