3 Cleveland Browns whose stock is up after Week 1 Chiefs collapse

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2. Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku

David Njoku looks like the most athletically gifted tight end on the field. It’s always been true, but the University of Miami has proved incapable of putting up the production that goes along with his appearance.

Hopefully, that’s going to change in the former first-round pick’s fifth season.

Njoku led the Browns with 75 yards, coming off three catches.

He posted an overall game grade of 83.9, the highest among the Browns three tight ends. His receiving grade was 88.5 and his average depth of target was 20.6, according to Pro Football Focus.

It gets forgotten sometimes, but it’s worth pointing out that Njoku is only 25 years old, meaning heh was 20 when the Browns drafted him. It was a bit a surprise when Sashi Brown pulled the trigger on making him a late first-round pick in 2017, but it was understood he would need some time to develop.

It was hopeful that would happen in year three–but it just didn’t transpire. It looks like Austin Hooper and rookie Harrison Bryant would give him the Heisman stiff arm on the depth chart, but Njoku proved to come up very big in spots last season, staying relevant.

He had a great camp and he played well. Let’s hope he builds on it in Week 2.