David Njoku might have entered the 2020 season third on the Cleveland Browns' depth chart at tight end.
That, however, didn't stop the former first-round pick from making an instant impact.
Already trailing the Baltimore Ravens 10-0 in their season opener, the Browns received the ball for their third offensive drive of Sunday's season opener in desperate need of a score. Thanks to some key rushes from running backs Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, the Cleveland offense found itself in a position to accomplish just that, lining up at the Baltimore 2-yard line on first and goal.
After Hunt a run -- and recovered fumble -- pushed the ball to the 1, the Browns offensive lined up with only Chubb in its backfield. From there, the Ravens' defense bit on a play-action, allowing quarterback Baker Mayfield to find Njoku wide open in the back of the Baltimore end zone.
Njoku's touchdown catch comes after an offseason in which the Miami (Fla.) product demanded a trade from the Browns, a request that he later rescinded. When Cleveland's first depth chart came out earlier this week, however, Njoku's concerns appeared to be warranted, as he found himself behind free agent signee Austin Hooper and fourth-round pick Harrison Bryant on the Browns' depth chart.
Asked about Njoku's place on the depth chart earlier this week, Browns offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt insisted the team still had packages featuring 24-year-old tight end. It didn't take long for Cleveland to put one to use.
Following a missed extra point, the Brows trail the Ravens 10-6. Follow all of the latest action from Sunday's season opener between the Browns and Ravens with our live blog.