BEREA, Ohio — The Cleveland Browns thought so highly of former University of Miami (Florida) tight end David Njoku that they traded back into the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft to select him with the No. 29 overall pick back in April.
Although the Browns believe in Njoku’s skills, he struggled with ball security Friday and fumbled away two passes in team competitions. Njoku failed to properly secure the football, and instead, defensive backs were able to pry it free during 11-on-11 competition.
Following practice, Browns coach Hue Jackson said Njoku must learn to “Hold onto the freaking ball,” and that message was received, loud and clear.
“He’s right,” Njoku said. “Obviously, they drafted me in the first round for a reason, to make plays, so I’ve just got to work that much harder in this practice this afternoon on holding onto it after every catch.
“That’s what it comes down to. Hold onto the ball and score touchdowns and make plays. That’s it.”
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