David Njoku breakout game is exactly why Browns paid him

David Njoku, Browns. (Photo by Nick Cammett/Getty Images)
David Njoku, Browns. (Photo by Nick Cammett/Getty Images) /

The Cleveland Browns paid David Njoku big time in the offseason and his explosion in Week 3 is exactly what they were banking on

One move made by the Cleveland Browns this offseason that was criticized was their decision to sign David Njoku to a massive extension. After being hit with the franchise tag, Njoku landed a four-year, $56.75 million extension.

The fifth-year tight end had just 36 catches for 475 yards in 2021 which is why there were questions. However, Cleveland believed he would take a step forward with Austin Hooper being released and his performance on Thursday night shows they made a great gamble.

Njoku had a career-high eight receptions for 89 yards and a touchdown in the huge win over the Steelers. Before this contest, he had just four receptions for 39 yards and had been primarily helping out in a blocking role.

Browns passing game becoming a real problem for opponents

As the passing game rounds into shape, Njoku seems to be finding his groove. The improved play from Jacoby Brissett has been a huge benefit for him as has the presence of Amari Cooper.

Cleveland’s No. 1 wideout had 101 yards and a touchdown in each of the past two games as the Browns have quietly produced one of the better passing attacks in the entire NFL.

In fact, their entire offense has been tough to stop. Nick Chubb has topped the 100-yard mark twice in three games and has four touchdowns. Kareem Hunt has also been great, scoring two touchdowns himself.

Throw in a dynamic tight end such as Njoku and this offense becomes incredibly tough to defend. That’s what Kevin Stefanski and Andrew Berry envisioned when signing Njoku to the extension and so far, it’s working exactly as they expected.