The Facts: GM Andrew Berry admits he was a little blindsided when Njoku asked to be traded on July 13th. “I will be honest, yes, a little bit,’' Berry said on a video conference call Tuesday. “I guess you learn not to be surprised about anything. He communicated well through it. He worked through it professionally. We had good communication with his representation. We think we are in a pretty good place right now.”
Diehards Line: Berry talked to Njoku after he reported for training camp last week, and the 2017 first-round pick ultimately rescinded his trade demand on Saturday. “What I can tell you with David, really even since the spring and definitely since he’s been back, he’s been very engaged with our coaching staff and our performance staff,’' Berry said. “He’s shown up in terrific shape. I do think that there’s an element with getting back around your teammates, your coaches and the excitement of training camp. We have been very consistent that we think David can be a big part of where we’re trying to go as a team this year and that we think he has an important role to play for this roster and for this team. We’re looking forward to working with David. I think he can have a fantastic year.” HC Kevin Stefanski, who runs a lot of two tight end sets, or “12” personnel, echoed those sentiments on a video call last week. So expect to see Njoku on the field with newcomer Austin Hooper on the regular. How the targets play out, of course will be the key. We'll be watching for more.