5 Cleveland Browns whose stocks jumped in Chargers thriller

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1. Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku

David Njoku played his best game as a Brown, catching seven passes for 149 yards, including a career-long 71 yarder that went for a memorable touchdown.

A great day for the former 2017 first-round pick, who had seven receptions the entire season heading into the game.

It was clear early on that Njoku was a part of the game plan, and it’s pretty obvious Njoku has worked his way up the depth chart after being the subject of trade discussions the past couple of seasons.

It’s forgotten that Njoku was just 20 in his first season with the Browns. He had great potential when Sashi Brown plucked him out of Miami, but his game still needed a lot of polish.

It’ll be interesting to see what the Browns do with Njoku beyond 2021. He’s a free agent at the end of the year, but ponder this question: Would you rather dump resources into tight end, a position group vital to Kevin Stefanski’s offense, or continue paying Odell Beckham Jr. $15 million a season?

Hopefully we see more of Njoku, because while Austion Hooper is still a really good player, Njoku offers more potential after the catch. A great game…hopefully we see more.