#4 – TE David Njoku
David Njoku has a lot of fans still in Cleveland, not sure why, but the ill-tempered, underachieving tight end has apparently lost the faith of his starting quarterback. If your gunslinger isn’t willing to throw you the ball because he thinks you can’t make plays, then that’s enough of a reason to not be worked into the weekly game plans.
Njoku might have some value as a trade asset and if so, the Browns need to pounce on this while they can. Anything above a 4th round pick would be a steal for a player with serious issues with following instructions. Players like Njoku and Higgins have no place on the team if they’re going to be headaches and do their own thing. Teams only work when players follow the gameplan. Guys like Njoku and Higgins have already shown that they don’t respect team leaders. Regardless of your feelings on Freddie Kitchens, players are expected to do their job as instructed. It doesn’t matter if the man is Kitchens or Bill Belichick. If you can’t be expected to be a professional at all times, not just when it’s easy, then you have no business being apart of the Browns future.
That’s the issue with Njoku, beyond the lack of steady production. When the team needed a third option to catch passes, Njoku was seen as such a disruption that the team opted to not activate him instead of using him. That’s a clear sign that Njoku’s behavior is beyond unacceptable. There’s no room for insubordination when you’re trying to rehab your team’s public image.