Aug 02, 2020
Browns tight end Njoku not seeking trade, commits to team
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CLEVELAND (AP) — David Njoku has done an end around with the Browns.
After demanding a trade last month, the tight end indicated on Saturday that he has changed his mind. The 2017 first-round draft pick tweeted, “I’m all in Cleveland. Time to work.‘’
Apparently unhappy that the Browns signed free agent Pro Bowl tight end Austin Hooper and then drafted Florida Atlantic tight end Harrison Bryant this spring, Njoku had his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, ask the Browns to deal him to another team.
But he’s reported to camp and is now seemingly content with his role.
Rosenhaus told the AP in a text message that Njoku has had “some good meetings with new Browns organization, including first-year GM Andrew Berry and he has decided to give the team his full commitment right now and go from there.”
From the outset, the Browns said they had no intention of trading Njoku. And on Thursday, first-year Browns coach Kevin Stefanski, who favored using tight ends while he was Minnesota’s offensive coordinator, said he was eager to work with the 24-year-old.
“My stance hasn’t changed,” Stefanski said. “The organization’s stance hasn’t changed in that we believe in David, excited to work with him. I will get to finally be in the same room as him this weekend as he is coming in for physicals and then get out on the field with him Monday. Excited to work with him.”
The Browns took Njoku with the 29th overall pick three years ago. The former Miami standout was productive in his first two seasons, catching 88 passes for 1,025 yards and scoring eight touchdowns.
Njoku was hoping to have a big season in 2019, but he broke his wrist in Week 2 against the New York Jets and underwent surgery. He returned for the final four games, and finished with just five catches for 41 yards.
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Trump administration seeking to ease environmental standards for shower heads
The US government has proposed loosening environmental standards for shower heads in the wake of complaints from the commander-in-chief about weak-flowing fixtures.
The Department of Energy proposal would effectively allow shower fixtures to include multiple nozzles that would each be allowed to spray out 2.5-gallons per minute — a standard set by Congress in 1992.
But as newer shower fixtures came out with multiple nozzles, the Obama administration in 2013 defined the restrictions to apply to the total flow. So if there are four nozzles, no more than 2.5 gallons should come out between all four in a minute.
Energy Department spokeswoman Shaylyn Hynes said the Obama definition of a shower head clashes with what Congress intended, along with standards of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
If the rule is adopted, she said it would allow “Americans — not Washington bureaucrats — to choose what kind of showerheads they have in their homes.”
The plan follows recent comments from President Trump during a White House event on changing the regulations, in which he said water simply does not come out fast enough from present-day fixtures.
“So what do you do? You just stand there longer or you take a shower longer? Because my hair – I don’t know about you, but it has to be perfect,” Trump said.
“People are flushing toilets 10 times, 15 times, as opposed to once,” the president told a meeting of small business leaders.
Consumer and conservation groups claimed the proposal is unnecessary and wasteful.
With four or five or more nozzles, “you could have 10, 15 gallons per minute powering out of the showerhead, literally probably washing you out of the bathroom,” said Andrew deLaski, head of the energy conservation group Appliance Standards Awareness Project.
DeLaski and officials at Consumer Reports said there’s been no public demand or need for change.
The Department of Energy’s own database of 12,499 shower heads showed 74 percent of them use two gallons or less water per minute, which is 20 percent less than the federal standard.
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