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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 Nov 12): A Browns offense that spreads the ball around is not good for Njoku. He's just a streamer and not an essential hold through his bye.

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Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRECYDTDFumLPts
7 at TB 57 4 52 1 0 11.2
8 at PIT 54 0 0 0 0 0
9 vs KC 55 4 53 0 0 5.3
10 vs ATL 35 1 18 0 0 1.8

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 10 vs ATL (1 / 1 / 18 / 0 rec)

Njoku surprisingly was targeted just once in his team's Week 10 win over the Falcons. The second-year tight end was heavily targeted over Baker Mayfield's first three career starts but has seen his targets steadily dip since seeing 12 back in Week 6. Njoku's only catch did allow him to show off his excellent run after the catch abilities as he dragged several Falcons defenders behind him en route to an 18-yard gain. Part of Njoku's slow game can be blamed on the Browns building a big lead and running clock in the fourth quarter and part can be blamed on Mayfield spreading the ball around to nine different receivers. Stay patient with the athletic tight end.

2018 Week 9 vs KC (5 / 4 / 53 / 0 rec)

Njoku bounced back from his goose egg in Week 8, finishing second on the team in receiving yards. The athletic tight end flashed his fantastic run after the catch skills on Sunday, tacking on additional yardage on two separate occasions while proving to be tough to bring down in the open field. He could have had a bigger game as he was wide open on the first drive of the fourth quarter but Baker Mayfield overthrew him down the middle of the field.

2018 Week 8 vs PIT (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Njoku played the entire game without injury but he shows up on the box score without a single target credited to him. This was a product of the Pittsburgh pass rush forcing Baker Mayfield to make quick passes. As Njoku does most of his work in the intermediate and deeper parts of the middle of the field, there simply wasn't much time for Mayfield to look in his direction. He did see one pass come his way when he was targeted in the end zone. He was held by the defender on the play and drew a defensive pass interference penalty which gave his team 1st-and-goal at the Pittsburgh one-yard line. While he doesn't get credit for the target he helped his team and it is encouraging that he saw an end zone target in the game. The Browns fired Hue Jackson and OC Todd Haley on Monday in a move that can be considered a plus for Njoku. There's hope that new offensive coordinator, and former RBs coach, Freddie Kitchens, can get more out of the super-athletic tight end.

2018 Week 7 vs TB (6 / 4 / 52 / 1 rec)

Njoku's second-year breakout continued in Week 7. He finished second on the team in all receiving categories and scored a touchdown in his second straight game. He did struggle with his hands again in the game. In the first quarter, he failed to bring in a pass on third down. It didn't go down as an official drop but the ball, thrown a bit to his left, hit him in the hands. He later had another ball go through his hands in overtime, this time on a high pass. He had many good moments, as well, hauling in a 15-yard touchdown on a high-floating pass in the end zone. He simply overpowered the defender to make the grab. He also had a big 23-yard catch where he shook one open field tackle before trucking another defender to get the Browns into the red zone. While his hands have been inconsistent, Njoku is one of the team's top play-makers. He has been starting to see more red zone work, which has translated to more production on the field.

2018 Week 6 vs LAC (12 / 7 / 55 / 1 rec)

Njoku's usage with Baker Mayfield under center continued to surge in Week 6. The second-year tight end is emerging as one of Mayfield's favorite targets and the Browns finally utilized him in the red zone this week. Njoku caught a one-yard touchdown from Mayfield in the fourth quarter. Mayfield simply threw the ball up and Njoku leapt up and reached over the defender to snatch the ball out of the air. Njoku looked unstoppable on the play and he could become a red zone monster if Cleveland starts to feature him near the goal line. Earlier in the game he saw another end zone target but the ball was thrown way too high for him to catch. He did commit a drop in the fourth quarter.

2018 Week 5 vs BAL (11 / 6 / 69 / 0 rec)

Njoku had his best game of the season and even out-targeted Jarvis Landry by one in the contest. Njoku was mostly used in short and intermediate routes where the Browns got him the ball quickly in hopes he would had room to run after the catch. He ripped off two big gains in the second quarter on consecutive plays, going for 19 yards and then 24. He did struggle with a few drops in the game, which has been an ongoing issue for him. That being said, Njoku has drawn 18 targets in Baker Mayfield's two starts. He hasn't been getting much red zone work but once the offense unlocks that aspect of his game, a mid-season breakout should follow soon thereafter.

2018 Week 4 vs OAK (7 / 5 / 52 / 0 rec)

Njoku turned in his best game of the season, showing off his impressive run-after-the-catch ability on several instances. He did commit another drop in what has been an ongoing issue for him. That play could have gone for a big gain as he was open down the seam. The pass was about 16 yards downfield and Njoku had some room to run after. He did make a good catch on a high pass in the first quarter, reaching up to snare the ball out of the air. In the third quarter he took a short pass with Baker Mayfield under duress and turned upfield for a 14-yard gain. The Browns still haven't been using Njoku much in the red zone as Carlos Hyde has been hoarding most of the goal line opportunities.

2018 Week 3 vs NYJ (2 / 2 / 36 / 0 rec)

Both of Njoku's targets came once Baker Mayfield entered the game. He caught Mayfield's second pass attempt, making a nice adjustment to haul in a ball that was thrown a bit behind him. That play went for 17 yards. Njoku then had an excellent 19-yard catch-and-run in the third quarter. The Browns have mostly focused on running the ball when they get close to the goal line, which has hurt Njoku, who profiles as one of the team's top red zone targets. He still has plenty of potential and the quarterback change to Mayfield should help him going forward.

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 held to one catch (Sun Nov 11, 05:02 PM) - Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku caught one pass for 18 yards against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 10.

Our View: Njoku isn't getting consistent enough targets to trust any longer going into the bye. He can be dropped in short bench leagues with no chance to contribute next week.
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Browns | David Njoku ready to play (Sun Nov 11, 11:46 AM) - Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku (knee, ribs) is officially active for the team's Week 10 game.

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Browns | David Njoku on track to play (Sun Nov 11, 12:26 AM) - Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku (knee,ribs) is expected to play against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 10, according to sources.

Our View: Njoku has a good matchup this week and should be treated as a low TE1 with the Browns offense showing signs of life.
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Browns | David Njoku listed as limited (Thu Nov 8, 05:32 PM) - Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku (knee, ribs) was limited during practice Thursday, Nov. 8.

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Browns | David Njoku limited in practice (Wed Nov 7, 04:09 PM) - Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku (knee, ribs) was listed as a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Nov. 7.

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Schedule

11--- BYE WEEK ---
12@ Cincinnati Bengals
13@ Houston Texans
14vs Carolina Panthers
15@ Denver Broncos
16vs Cincinnati Bengals
17@ Baltimore Ravens