By Andrew Erickson (FantasyPros), Thu, Sep 1st 2022, 10:27am EDT
Franchise-tagged tight end David Njoku has a golden opportunity to break out in 2022 with Deshaun Watson and Jacoby Brissett as his quarterbacks after an encouraging 2021. He set career highs in PFF grade (70.9, 10th), yards per route run (1.56, 8th), and yards after the catch per reception (7.0, first) among tight ends that commanded at least 50 targets in 2021.
The Browns also released Austin Hooper, which should open up the opportunity for the athletic Njoku to take a major leap. Don't be too quick to forget that Njoku already as a top-10 TE finish on his career resume.
And with Brissett under center for the first six weeks, I wouldn't be surprised to see Njoku lead this team in targets.
Former Colts tight end Jack Doyle led the Colts in targets/receptions in the seasons started by Brissett a few years ago, which suggests that Njoku could be a prime buy-low target. The Browns offense ranks top-three in target share to TEs over the past two seasons under head coach Stefanski.