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LA Chargers: Why David Njoku is a great sleeper trade target

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - DECEMBER 06: David Njoku #85 of the Cleveland Browns plays against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on December 06, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - DECEMBER 06: David Njoku #85 of the Cleveland Browns plays against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on December 06, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

2. If he finds his 2018 form David Njoku offers a very similar output to Hunter Henry

This is the risky part of the deal. The LA Chargers would be hoping that in a new situation with more snaps and the best young quarterback in football that David Njoku would be able to re-find his 2018 form that he has since lost.

However, it is not completely his fault. He had a freak injury in 2019 that ended his season early and came back in 2020 and was suddenly the third tight end on the roster. It was not a good situation for Njoku and perhaps all he needs is a change of scenery.

Njoku was really solid in 2018 as well. He got 56 passes for 639 yards and four touchdowns — numbers that are very similar to that of Hunter Henry. He is not as good of a blocker as Henry but he certainly is serviceable and as the best tight end in a rotation with Donald Parham and Stephen Anderson (if he returns), Njoku could be really great for the team.

He was only targeted 29 times in 173 receiving snaps last season. That is way down from the snaps he played in 2018, where he received 298 receiving snaps and was targeted 83 times.

I legitimately think with Njoku it is the case of being in a bad situation and not getting to maximize his abilities. He came back from a big injury in a year that was already so crazy because of COVID in which he was also the third tight end on the team all of a sudden.

The Chargers could get so much more out of Njoku than the Browns can and the absolute best-case scenario is that it is simply a lateral move from Henry to Njoku, which would be huge.

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