TE David Njoku - Cleveland Browns
|6-4, 246||Born: 7-10-1996||College: Miami (Fla.)||Drafted: Round 1, pick 29|
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Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2017 Week 17 vs PIT (3 / 2 / 38 / 0 rec)
Njoku's first catch of the game was a short, four-yard reception in the second quarter. In the third quarter he made a great play for a big, 34-yard gain. He leapt to catch a short four-yard pass and made the first tackler miss before racing up the middle of the field for the big gain. Outside of that play, he was mostly quiet. Njoku was the target on DeShone Kizer's fourth quarter interception. Kizer was hit as he threw the ball, causing the throw to be short.
2017 Week 16 vs CHI (3 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)
Njoku saw two of his three targets on the Browns' second drive of the game. He caught the first target on a short pass and racked up some yardage after the play by racing down the left sideline. That catch, which went for 13 yards, was his only one of the game. Another target sent his way was broken up by the defender. Njoku's usage in the red zone has dipped of late, partially due to the Browns running limited plays there the past few weeks and partially because Josh Gordon has drawn targets away from him.
2017 Week 15 vs BAL (3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Njoku had a quiet game, getting shut out and committing a false start penalty in the second quarter. He did have one chance to make a big play as he saw a deep target in the second quarter. The pass was thrown too low which didn't give Njoku a chance to make a play on the ball. A higher pass would have allowed the athletic tight end to leap up and make the grab.
2017 Week 14 vs GB (2 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
Njoku only made one catch for three yards but he did have two other catches wiped off the board in the game. He had a 12-yard catch and run nullified by an offensive holding penalty in the second quarter. In the fourth quarter, he had what was originally called a catch overturned by a Green Bay challenge flag, which showed the ball came loose on his way to the ground.
2017 Week 13 vs LAC (6 / 4 / 74 / 1 rec)
Njoku got off to a slow start, dropping a catchable ball down the seam. Later in the first quarter, he made what appeared to be an impressive leaping catch on the right sideline but just couldn't quite get both feet down inbounds. In the second quarter, Njoku hauled in a 28-yard touchdown pass from DeShone Kizer. It was a perfect pass down the middle of the field and Njoku did a great job to stretch the ball just over the goal line. He wasn't done making splash plays, however, as he added a 33-yard reception in the fourth quarter. The Browns have slowly started to use Njoku more, as he's played over 50% of his team's offensive snaps in each of his past two games. The presence of Josh Gordon should help to open up the middle of the field for him to do more damage over the final quarter of the season.
2017 Week 12 vs CIN (4 / 4 / 47 / 0 rec)
Njoku pulled in a five-yard catch on the first drive of the game but followed it up with an offensive pass interference penalty at the Cincinnati 11-yard line to push the Browns out of the red zone. He was busy in the fourth quarter during garbage time, catching two passes for a total of 35 yards on his team's final drive of the game.
2017 Week 11 vs JAX (1 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)
It was a quiet game for Njoku, who caught his lone target for 13 yards. He did show his elite athleticism on the play as he leaped high into the air to catch what was a high pass.
2017 Week 10 vs DET (6 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
Njoku only managed one catch on Sunday but he was heavily targeted when the team was in scoring position. He drew an end zone target on a fade route in the first quarter but the ball was thrown too high. Later in the first quarter he committed a drop on a perfect pass down the seam. On the last drive of the second quarter, he had another drop but was bailed out by a pass interference penalty on the defense. On that same drive he saw another end zone target, this time failing to get his feet down in bounds.
2017 Week 8 vs MIN (7 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)
Njoku made the first catch of the game, turning a short screen into an 11-yard gain. On the team's second drive, he had his man beat deep down the left sideline but DeShone Kizer overthrew him on what would have been a long gain. He had at least two drops in the game, one coming on a short pass near the sideline and the other on what would have been an 18-yard catch on the left side. In the fourth quarter he was whistled for offensive pass interference after he pushed off on a defender. He did make a nice play in the third quarter to save an interception near the Minnesota goal line.
2017 Week 7 vs TEN (5 / 2 / 58 / 0 rec)
Njoku flashed his elite athleticism again in Week 7. His first target was an end zone shot from DeShone Kizer. Kizer overthrew the ball or Njoku probably would have made the catch for the score. His first catch was an impressive, twisting, leaping grab for a 31-year pickup. His other catch came on a deep target down the left sideline for a 27-yard score. He had what appeared to be another catch in the third quarter but it was ruled he was bobbling the ball as he went out of bounds. It was a questionable call as it appeared he may have gotten both feet down before going out.
2017 Week 6 vs HOU (5 / 2 / 0 / 0 rec)
Njoku did not have a strong game but he did finish second on the Browns with six targets, a new career high for him. On two plays in the first half, the Browns tried to get him the ball in a position where he could gain yards after the catch but he was tackled instantly on both of his catches. He had a drop in the third quarter in which a defender knocked what looked like a catch loose. He did draw an end zone target on the Browns' second to last offensive play of the game. From Houston's three yard line he ran a fade route but the pass was thrown too high over his head, resulting in an incompletion.
2017 Week 5 vs NYJ (3 / 3 / 48 / 1 rec, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
Njoku had the best game of his young career and flashed the impressive athletic ability that made him one of the top tight end prospects in this year's draft. Njoku scored his third touchdown of the season in the third quarter, making a very impressive diving, one-handed catch at the left side of the end zone. It was a very difficult catch that he made look easy. He later made another diving catch coming across the middle of the field. Njoku even saw a carry on an end around in the game. He only gained one yard but the fact the Browns used their tight end on an end around shows what they think of his athletic upside.
2017 Week 4 vs CIN (2 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)
Njoku made just two catches in the game with his first one coming off of a play action pass in the second quarter. He was quiet for much of the game after that before coming to life in the fourth quarter. On the Browns' final drive of the game, Njoku came close to scoring for a third straight week, drawing an end zone target from Kevin Hogan. Hogan targeted Njoku on a fade route to the right side of the end zone but the tight end was tripped up by the defense, drawing a pass interference flag. It looked like he would have been able to catch the pass had he not been interfered with by the defender.
2017 Week 3 vs IND (4 / 2 / 12 / 1 rec)
Njoku found the end zone for the second straight week, this time scoring on a one-yard pass in the second quarter. Njoku started out blocking on the play, then released toward the left side of the end zone for the easy score. Earlier in the second quarter, Njoku got open deep down the field but the pass was overthrown by DeShone Kizer. Njoku and Seth DeValve continue to split snaps at tight end but it is apparent just how special Njoku can be as a big target in the red zone.
2017 Week 2 vs BAL (4 / 3 / 27 / 1 rec)
Njoku scored his first NFL touchdown against the Ravens on an impressive catch in the end zone. He snared a 23-yard pass from Kevin Hogan for the score, changing direction and adjusting to make a diving catch to his left. He used his athleticism to make a difficult catch look easy on the play. He was mostly quiet besides that play, catching two other passes which both went for short gains.
2017 Week 1 vs PIT (2 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)
Njoku wasn't targeted heavily in the game, but his red zone usage in his first game was encouraging. Njoku saw a pass come his way right near the goal line during the first quarter. He reached up to make the catch but was interfered with by the Pittsburgh defender, leading to a pass interference penalty which put the ball on the Pittsburgh three-yard line. Later, on Pittsburgh's 10-yard line, he caught a short pass in the flat which he turned into a seven-yard pickup. This time he was one broken tackle away from his first NFL touchdown. Njoku is a big, athletic target for Cleveland and could be a player to watch in the red zone as he gains more experience.
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