How David Njoku was set for success, like Baker Mayfield, before requesting a trade -- This Week in the Cleve

How David Njoku was set for success, like Baker Mayfield, before requesting a trade -- This Week in the Cleve

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The talk this offseason surrounding the Browns was how the team needed to build a better infrastructure to help Baker Mayfield succeed in his third season in the league. By and large, that has happened. Now one of his top targets, tight end, David Njoku, wants a trade from the Browns. The Browns exercised their fifth-year option on Njoku earlier this offseason. And if you look at the moves they made other than the signing of Austin Hooper, one of the Browns that should benefit most on offense is Njoku. His new coach, Kevin Stefanski, loves using multiple tight ends on the field at any time. In Minnesota, Kyle Rudolph was the team’s No. 1 tight end. But he only had three more receptions in 2019 than rookie Irv Smith Jr. And as we’ve seen from Mayfield in his first two seasons in the league, he likes throwing the ball to the tight end. 17 of Mayfield’s 49 touchdown passes in his career, more than one third, have gone to tight ends. The addition of Hooper as well can benefit Njoku. With the money the Browns paid to Hooper, that could take more attention off Njoku. It certainly could take some targets away. But as a potential fourth or fifth option in the passing game, there’s a lot worse the Browns could do. And much like Mayfield, this is a season where we’re going to learn a lot about Njoku. 2019 was supposed to be that year. But ...
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