Hue Jackson expects “a huge jump” from David Njoku

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Browns tight end David Njoku showed flashes of talent after Cleveland took him in the first round of last year’s draft, but his rookie numbers of 32 catches for 386 yards and four touchdowns weren’t exactly earth-shattering. This year, Njoku should be better.

That’s the word from Browns head coach Hue Jackson, who said he sees Njoku doing a lot more in the offense this year.

I expect to see a huge jump,” Jackson said. “He’s very athletic. He can catch and run. He’s going to be one of our playmakers.”

Njoku is still just 21 years old, and last year he might not have been ready for the physical demands of a 16-games season.

“I think for a young player that plays that kind of position week in and week out of blocking those outside linebackers and defensive ends, you wear down towards the end of the year,” Jackson said. “If anything I can say for David, that’s what I saw. Just the grind of playing a lot of football, a lot of minutes, that you look back and say, ‘Wow, this was tough.’”

Jackson thinks Njoku can have himself ready for a tough season in 2018, and make that huge jump.

30 responses to “Hue Jackson expects “a huge jump” from David Njoku

  1. actually the Browns receivers won’t be making that huge jump because Kizer won’t be over throwing them anymore.

  2. sheetolay says:
    July 1, 2018 at 8:43 am

    actually the Browns receivers won’t be making that huge jump because Kizer won’t be over throwing them anymore.
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    I think all of the Browns receivers will make a jump for exactly the reason you described.

  3. Hue Jackson is the poster boy for the Peter Principle….rising to the job level where you’re incompetent

  4. I think most of the Browns players will improve. Unfortunately, their coach will not.

  5. Fortunately for the Browns they play in the cream-puff AFC North. It should not take much of a “huge jump” for them to compete for #1 in that hapless division.

  6. Part of whether Njoku improves or not depends on if the Browns have another QB controversy during the season with Taylor and Mayfield?

  7. Hue Jackson seems like an innovative OC. Not a Hc, certainly not with an expansion team. But then who is? Lombardi? Belichick? They turned franchises around.

    Tom Coughlin showed he was a better coach than people thought when he was forced out of NY. He had no help with dumb and dumber (Ross and Reese).

    Hard to judge a coach when the players are not there. Cleveland was drafting volume and hoping for hits. Dumb. Anyone one of us could do the same. Passed on QB’s that people raved about. I would have taken Wentz because he was a cold weather guy. Goff would have been killed in Cleveland. Like he almost was under Fisher. The pick seemed so obvious. Look what Philly gave up to get him. Volume, knowing they were confident in other players. Also knowing they were OK at QB as it was. Talk about smart.

    McVay shows what you can do with talent. Fisher shows the opposite of what you can do with talent. Hard to say with Hue but as a HC with basically an expansion team he is a failure. Would McVay have done better? I’d bet on it but who really knew?

    They will get the new hot candidate and he will be just like a first round QB. Hit or miss. The talent is now there. Too bad Joe Thomas is gone. That’s a bigger issue that will be obvious midway through the first pre-season game.

  8. I just don’t understand his team.
    Last year, they had three first rounded, drafted a gimmick safety who will Ben on the roster bubble and te is not a sought after position, very few starting te’s were taken in the first round.
    Unfortunately he’ll have to be very good because the Browns change front offices like underwear and they seem to their own players.

  9. I believe it as long as they let Tyrod play. If they give in to insane media and fan pressure to play mayfield… they will just continue being the Browns of the last couple decades.

  10. sheetolay – What recievers are going to make a jump? Gordon has already shown he’s a superstar, they brought Landry in this year and he’s already a proven commodity which leaves Coleman and Njoku and for Coleman there won’t be that many targets available. As a whole yes the Browns receiving corps is better than last year but it has nothing to do with them making a jump really.

  11. thesmartest1 says:
    July 1, 2018 at 7:34 am
    David Njoku doesn’t expect a huge jump from his coach.
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    Didn’t Hue take a jump into the Great Lakes after saying he would do so after going 0-16?

  12. Cleveland here. Turn talk into wins Hue. You talk so much feel good crap it doesn’t flush anymore. I thought Ray Farmer spun B.S.but you wear the crown now.

  13. nhpats says:
    July 1, 2018 at 10:09 am
    Fortunately for the Browns they play in the cream-puff AFC North.
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    Which means they don’t get 6 free wins every year from the Dolphins, Jets and Bills.

  14. JustBlameTrumpOrRussia says:
    July 1, 2018 at 6:13 pm
    nhpats says:
    July 1, 2018 at 10:09 am
    Fortunately for the Browns they play in the cream-puff AFC North.
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    Which means they don’t get 6 free wins every year from the Dolphins, Jets and Bills.

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    Unlike the teams in the cream-puff AFC North, those teams actually manage to beat the Pats some of the time.

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