Njoku says no Barnidge won't change approach

Despite the Browns releasing Pro Bowl tight end Gary Barnidge the day after he was drafted, David Njoku said it won't change his approach to competing for a starting job.

BEREA,Ohio--David Njoku doesn't plan on changing.

Despite the Browns releasing Pro Bowl tight end Gary Barnidge less than 24 hours after Njoku was drafted with the 29th pick in the first round,  Njoku plans to approach his rookie season the same as he was when Barnidge was still on the roster.

"I'm going to do the same things I would do even if (Barnidge) was here," Njoku said. "That is to compete and work really hard."

The Browns moved up four spots from 33 to 29 in order to select Njoku from Miami. With the release of Barnidge, Njoku and second-year tight end Seth DeValve are expected to be the primary tight ends, along with Randall Telfer. 

Njoku caught 43 passes for 698 yards (16.2 avg. ) and eight touchdowns last season at Miami.

Njoku thinks there is a lot of growth for him in his game.

“I’m 20 years old so I think that I have a bunch of things to learn," he said. "Whether it is physical or mental, I just feel like I have a really high ceiling that I can reach. With the help of the coaches and hard work, I feel like I will eventually get there.”


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