Cleveland Browns: It’s do or die for these 5 players in 2020

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David Njoku

It’s a surprise to some fourth-year tight end David Njoku is still on the team as the 2017 late first-round draft pick has yet to break out.

With the signing of Austin Hooper in free agency and then the selection of Hunter Bryant in the draft, Njoku looked like he’d be headed out of town.

Rather than settling in elsewhere, Njoku seems to be one of the players who’ve gotten a new life with Andrew Berry being hired to oversee the roster. Njoku was drafted when Berry was an underling of then GM Sashi Brown.

It’ll be worth watching how Njoku performs in 2020 as Mayfield is expected to lean heavily on the tight end position. Will he make more blunders than plays? The answer to that may determine whether he gets a second contract from the Browns.

You’ve got to figure it will take something special for Njoku to get that second pact, considering the amount of money they poured into the position with the signing of Hooper. In two years, Bryant may be ready to take more reps and that could make Njoku expendable possibly via a trade before he hits free agency.

Hopefully, it starts to click for the former Hurricane, as it would be a great benefit to the Browns and Mayfield for him to play out of his mind.