David Njoku, TE
The loss of tight end Blake Jarwin to a torn ACL has spurred some fans hoping the Cowboys can find a better candidate to replace the legendary Jason Witten. Is there a better candidate to do so than a former first-round selection that’s still only 24-years old with the bulk of his career still ahead of him?
Earlier this year, there was a report that tight end David Njoku might be a possible trade target for Dallas. The Cleveland Browns made Njoku the 29th overall selection back in 2017. And while the 6-foot-4, 246-pound tight end that racked up 43 receptions for 698 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior at Miami (FL) in 2016, he’s also failed to live up to his lofty draft status (as most young tight ends do).
After starting just five games during his rookie season in Cleveland, Njoku saw a boost in production in 2018 recording 56 receptions for 639 yards and four scores as a 14-game starter.
Last year, Njoku played only four games due to a wrist injury. He’s missed three games so far this season because of a sprained MCL. Njoku has only registered five catches in 2020 for 63 yards and one score in three-game appearances.
Njoku requested a trade this offseason after the Browns signed veteran tight end Austin Hooper and drafted Florida Atlantic’s Harrison Bryant in the fourth round. His desire to leave Cleveland reportedly remains despite the Browns picking up his fifth-year option for 2021.
The Cowboys should avoid making a move for Njoku right now as they appear to have a solid combination of Jarwin (once healthy) and Dalton Schultz, the latter having played admirably in Blake’s absence. Both are under contract through 2021.
Then consider that NFL.com’s Charley Casserly recently called Njoku a receiving tight end with questionable hands who isn’t viewed as a blocker. That statement alone should be enough to scare the Cowboys away from acquiring this former first-rounder.