In his rookie season, Njoku recorded 32 receptions for 386 yards and four touchdowns. He led Cleveland in TD receptions, and he was third on the team in catches and receiving yards. Njoku played in all 16 games during his first NFL season. He was a first-round selection of the Browns (No. 29 overall). In 2016, with the University of Miami, Njoku had 43 receptions for 698 yards and eight TDs.
Njoku scored three times in the first five weeks of 2017 but had just one more TD catch all season. He caught just four balls over the final four games. Cleveland has been anemic on offense in recent years. In 2017, the Browns were dead last in scoring at just 14.6 points per game. Headed into the 2018 season -- as is customary -- the Browns’ QB situation, albeit much improved, remains volatile.
Although his pro-duction tapered off in the second half of 2017, Njoku showed promise in his rookie season. He is still extremely young (22 in July) and a bit raw. Tyrod Taylor is projected to be under center until No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield surpasses him, likely before midseason. Taylor certainly utilized Charles Clay in Buffalo (and Mayfield loved targeting TE Mark Andrews, the Sooners’ leader in receptions and scoring grabs last season). Consider Njoku a low-end TE1 with a good deal of upside potential.