It’s quite a precarious time to be a Browns fan. After Sunday’s 23-17 overtime win over the great Tom Brady and the Bucs, the team now sports a 4-7 record with six games remaining.
Now, there is plenty of nuance to that with the return of quarterback DeShaun Watson this coming Sunday for the final six games.
The Browns have a 4.8% chance to make the playoffs, per ESPN FPI. None of that would be possible without the outstanding catch by tight end David Njoku in overtime with one hand to score the winning touchdown.
On the season, “The Chief” has 41 catches for 464 yards (11.3 average), two touchdowns and a long of 38 yards. Keep in mind that this is with quarterback Jacoby Brissett under center.
That catch on Sunday to seal the deal should serve as a reminder of just how good Njoku is as a tight end. The potential for him once quarterback DeShaun Watson returns this week and beyond is astronomical.
A reliable guy Watson can look to on those “3rd and seven” plays where the team is looking to extend the drive and score.
Career-wise, Njoku has played six seasons in Cleveland. He has 189 total receptions, 2,218 yards and 17 touchdowns. Those numbers aren’t sizzling, but again, neither have the quarterbacks he’s had to work with here in The Land.
The finish of this year and into next should serve as a realization of just how good this tight end is for the Browns.
Njoku is signed through the 2024 season. He has a potential out in 2025 and is an unrestricted free agent in 2026. Thus, he’ll be in Cleveland for this “Watson Project.”
Despite the losing record, it is an exciting time to be a Browns fan. With Watson coming back, everyone should become better on the offensive side of the football. This player in Njoku is one that fans should look towards for success.
Hopefully, Njoku won’t need to use one hand because the passes will be so accurate from Watson that he can easily catch them with TWO hands. We can only dream as Browns fans, right?
Regardless of your personal opinion of quarterback DeShaun Watson, the man can play the quarterback position very well. Let’s see how much better he makes the rest of what he has to work with moving forward.
Prediction: In 2023, tight end David Njoku has a 1,000-yard season. That would certainly be something special to watch. The closest has been is in 2018 with a 639-yard season. Hey, that’s not bad, but it’s not 1,000 either.
Let’s do it, David.