With training camps getting underway this week, football is officially back. With that being said it’s also the time to analyze camps for position battles and breakout players.
In Cleveland, the Browns have two former Cane standouts poised to make impacts this season. Duke Johnson and David Njoku have started their 2017 looking to enjoy lots of success this year.
While Johnson (above) is a running back, he’s had more receiving yards than rushing yards in each of his first two NFL seasons. Now, in his upcoming third season, he may not be a running back at all. Recent news out of Cleveland is that he is the early favorite for the slot receiver position.
As one of the lone bright spots in Cleveland’s offense last season, Johnson caught 53 passes for 514 yards and ran 73 times for 358 yards. If Johnson can also find ways to gather some rushes in between he can turn himself into a jack of all trades and become a real weapon for the Browns.
First round pick David Njoku will come into his rookie season primed and ready to make some noise. With the Browns cutting ties with former tight end Gary Barnidge earlier in the offseason, the door was left wide open for Njoku to step up.
A tight end can be a quarterback’s best friend as a safety net underneath, but Njoku can also be a disruptive vertical threat to opposing secondary’s. Last season at Miami he posted 698 yards receiving on 43 receptions and 8 touchdowns. Njoku should have all the chances to make an early impact for the offense and expect him to step up for whoever is calling the shots for the offense.
The Browns offense has needed a makeover and a new look to try to turn their misfortune around. They’ve added o-line help and a couple of new quarterbacks to the unit, but right in the thick of it are these two former Canes, as they try to bring a winning culture back to an organization that is in need of some excitement.