The Cleveland Browns pass catchers feel like they can breathe again as excitement continues to build around the offensive potential this season under new quarterback Deshaun Watson.
On Saturday, tight end David Njoku was one of several Browns players to lend their voice behind the shift in “vibes” on the team as the regular season approaches. Jeff Schudel of The News-Herald and Morning Journal posted a video of Njoku’s comments the following day, July 31st.
“It’s very difficult to explain,” Njoku said of the new atmosphere surrounding the franchise’s facilities. “It’s a good feeling, you know? We will continue to use this energy.”
While the tight end’s sentiments may be difficult for him to explain, it’s difficult for an outside observer not to interpret them as commentary on the biggest change the Browns made from the end of last season to the start of training camp — the Quarterback Baker Mayfield traded to the Carolina Panthers for Watson.
“I’m excited,” Njoku replied to a question from Watson on how to catch passes. “I can barely wait for it.”
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Njoku signed a massive contract extension worth about $55 million over the next four years this off-season and is set to serve as Watson’s main weapon going forward. How quickly the two can bond on the field, however, remains up in the air as Watson awaits a disciplinary ruling that could ban him for up to a full year.
Watson’s possible suspension, if it comes to pass, will be based on alleged violations of the NFL’s code of conduct. These violations stem from 24 allegations of sexual misconduct made against the quarterback over the past few months.
Pro Football Network’s Aaron Wilson was one of several reporters who broke the news Sunday that Watson’s fate for the season will be officially decided within the next 24 hours, pending appeal.
“Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun [Watson’s] The disciplinary decision from Judge Sue L. Robinson, the jointly appointed disciplinary officer, is expected to be made Monday, according to league sources. Wilson tweeted. “Robinson has not indicated how she will rule on her first instance of the personal conduct policy.”
Wilson added in a later tweet that the decision is expected to be released Monday, August 1 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.
Watson and the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) released a joint statement on Sunday, July 31, the day before Robinson’s decision. The following is this statement according to the Twitter account of Brad Stainbrook of The Orange and Brown Report.
The NFL reserves the right to appeal Robinson’s decision if it does issue a suspension and the league finds that punishment unacceptable for any reason. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, or an officer designated by him, would hear such an appeal and make a final determination.
This provision in the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between the league and the NFLPA means that the NFL could either reduce or increase Robinson’s sentence for Watson. However, the league has no recourse if Robinson rules that no suspension for Watson is warranted.
Ironically, unless suspended, Watson will lead the swinging Browns roster in the first game of the regular season, scheduled for September 11 in Carolina, against Mayfield and the Panthers.
Browns wide receiver No. 1 Amari Cooper believes the team will be ready as he also had glowing words for his new quarterback earlier in camp. Cooper called Watson “the magician,” adding that “he just does plays,” per Camryn Justice from Cleveland.com.
However, Cooper also noted that he will do his best to make it easy for the Browns in Week 1. If Watson is unable to play due to suspension, Cleveland is expected to select backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett as the opening player. starter of the day.