Under a different regime, the Cleveland Browns benched David Njoku last season after he returned from injury. Then when Kevin Stefanski and Andrew Berry took over, the rumor was that the 2017 first-round pick might be traded after the new management signed Austin Hooper and drafted Harrison Bryant.
Njoku was never traded though, and he remains on the 4-2 Browns roster today, despite all the speculation. With two talented tight ends in front of Njoku on the roster, it would still make sense to deal the former top prospect, but who would be interested in the athletic talent?
Here are three potential franchises that might be interested, if Njoku is still available.
3. Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys have been plagued by injuries all season, from offensive line to quarterback, and the tight end position couldn't avoid this fate. Starter Blake Jarwin was deemed out for the season after he tore his ACL in Week 1. Now it's true that Dalton Schultz has performed adequately in his stead, but it has become useful to roster two weapons at tight end in the modern-day NFL. The Boys are now thin behind Schultz, which provides a good opportunity for someone like Njoku to give Andy Dalton one more option to throw to. The NFC East remains totally up for grabs, so expect Dallas to be active at the deadline despite their record.
2. Buffalo Bills
Josh Allen has transformed the Buffalo Bills offense into one of the most dynamic units in football in 2020. One area that has been lacking has been the tight end position, however. The Bills use a combination of Dawson Knox and Tyler Kroft most games, but neither is a plus receiving threat. If Buffalo wanted to add an actual downfield target alongside these two safety nets, Njoku would be the guy to go and get. If they do so, they might also prevent him from playing for the rival.
1. New England Patriots
The New England Patriots drafted two tight ends in 2020 after Ben Watson retired and Matt LaCosse decided to opt out, but neither has seemed to be ready for NFL action just yet. The team is still starting Ryan Izzo, a blocking tight end, and Cam Newton could use another weapon at the position on receiving downs. Njoku would be the perfect fit, since this Patriots roster lacks athleticism and size at this position and wide receiver. He won't help all too much on the run game, but the Pats have that covered already. Instead, Njoku could be utilized as a release option on the Cam Newton roll out.
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