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TE David Njoku - Cleveland Browns

6-4, 246Born: 7-10-1996College: Miami (Fla.)Drafted: Round 1, pick 2017

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 17): The targets and talent is still there for Njoku. A change to Baker Mayfield or more emphasis in the passing game with Josh Gordon gone could still make him work out. Don't give up yet.

Week 3: vs New York Jets

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FBG says: Good matchup. Week 2 brought some noticeable steps forward for the Browns passing attack, even as top deep threat Josh Gordon was shuffled loose from the team. A week after completing just 15 of 40 throws, Tyrod Taylor hit on 22 of 30 against the Saints, utilizing a low-risk approach over the middle and in the flats. Taylor had no success downfield, however, until a 47-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Callaway tied the game in the final 2 minutes. And his back-breaking fourth-quarter interception was a terrible throw into aggressive double coverage. Taylor annually ranks among the league's leaders in deep-ball efficiency, but he's struggling to make things happen as a Brown. Without Gordon, the personnel lends itself to a short-ball game dominated by Jarvis Landry and David Njoku, neither of whom has ever shown much down the field. There's dynamism on the table, of course, in the speedy Callaway. And if Njoku's seam routes start panning out, he'll be a dangerous weapon in the Eric Ebron mold. But as things stand, this isn't a very fruitful passing game. Taylor needs more time to develop downfield chemistry with his receivers; without it, he's little more than a sanitized dump-off artist. The Jets are in the midst of assembling a workable, even dynamic, secondary. Morris Claiborne is rebuilding his career as an outside cover man, while prized free agent Trumaine Johnson and slot man Buster Skrine comprise a stout group of cornerbacks. And second-year safeties Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye have both flashed potential as centerfield playmakers. Still, armed with arguably the league's least-impactful pass rush, there's a ton of pressure on that secondary week after week. It's rare to see much heat put on by the talent-starved front line, forcing the linebackers and safeties to create pressure on blitzes. The Jets desperately need young edge rusher Brandon Copeland to keep inching forward as a playmaker. If no one makes a leap, this will continue to be a put-upon unit, one that will tire in games and allow big gains through the air.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRECYDTDFumLPts
1 vs PIT 78 3 13 0 0 1.3
2 at NO 46 4 20 0 0 2
3 vs NYJ PROJ-Dodds * 3 * * * *
3 vs NYJ PROJ-Tremblay * 4 * * * *
3 vs NYJ PROJ-Bloom * 3 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs TE 1, TE 12, TE 24

Percentile ranks

David Njoku's percentile rank in each category, among TE with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 2 vs NO (7 / 4 / 20 / 0 rec)

It was a quiet day for Njoku, who tied for the team lead with seven targets but only wound up with 20 yards to show for it. His first target didn't come until early in the second quarter. He had a step on his defender but he was overthrown by Tyrod Taylor down the left side. Through the first two weeks of the season, there have been plenty of chances for Njoku to break a big gain but he and Taylor have just had some trouble connecting. Stay patient with the athletic tight end as he has been getting open down the field. Once he and Taylor start connecting he will start delivering big plays for the Browns.

2018 Week 1 vs PIT (7 / 3 / 13 / 0 rec)

Njoku had a rough afternoon. The second-year tight end struggled with drops, committing two in a row during a third quarter series. He also injured his ankle following a catch in the third and stayed down on the field for a short while. He was able to return on the following possession so there shouldn't be much concern here. He did injure an ankle during the preseason, as well, although it is unclear whether it was the same leg on Sunday. Njoku came close to converting a big play on the first drive as Tyrod Taylor targeted him down the seam on a deep pass. The ball was thrown high and Njoku got his hands on it, but two defenders converged to assure he wasn't able to secure the catch. Better days will be ahead for the athletic tight end.

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Latest News

Browns | David Njoku quiet in Week 2 (Sun Sep 16, 04:34 PM) - Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku caught four passes for 20 yards against the New Orleans Saints in Week 2.

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Browns | David Njoku targeted seven times (Sun Sep 9, 07:37 PM) - Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku posted three grabs for 13 yards on seven targets in Week 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Schedule

3vs New York Jets
4@ Oakland Raiders
5vs Baltimore Ravens
6vs Los Angeles Chargers
7@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
8@ Pittsburgh Steelers
9vs Kansas City Chiefs
10vs Atlanta Falcons
11--- BYE WEEK ---
12@ Cincinnati Bengals
13@ Houston Texans
14vs Carolina Panthers
15@ Denver Broncos
16vs Cincinnati Bengals
17@ Baltimore Ravens