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TE C.J. Uzomah - Cincinnati Bengals

6-5, 264Born: 1-14-1993College: AuburnDrafted: Round 5

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2016 Week 17 vs BAL (3 / 3 / 13 / 1 rec)

The third string tight end received his second straight start with Tyler Eifert and Backup Tyler Kroft both sitting due to injuries. He scored a 1-yard touchdown early in the game. The Bengals lined up in a goal line set and faked the give up the middle to Burkhead. Uzomah was able to sneak out and was uncovered in the back of the end zone.

2016 Week 16 vs HOU (6 / 5 / 28 / 0 rec)

The third string tight end saw his first action in six weeks with Tyler Eifert and Backup Tyler Kroft both sitting due to injuries. He provided a solid underneath target for Dalton and caught five of his six targets. If Eifert and Kroft are out again next week, Uzomah would be a decent, low-upside desperation play at the position in Week 17.

2016 Week 5 vs DAL (5 / 5 / 43 / 0 rec)

Uzomah remained the primary tight end with Tyler Eifert suffering a new injury (to his back) in practices leading up to the game. Uzomah played 54 snaps to just 23 for fellow second-year tight end Tyler Kroft. Uzomah played well, catching all of his targets and showing some nice run after the catch ability. On a key 3rd-and-15, Uzomah caught the ball well short of the first down, made a nice move and tried to power his way to the first down but was ruled down just inches short.

2016 Week 4 vs MIA (5 / 4 / 45 / 0 rec)

Uzomah came up just short of a touchdown. He was open at the 6-yard line on an out-breaking route in the red zone and had room to turn up field and get into the end zone, but Dalton threw it just slightly behind him. Uzomah was able to twist to make the grab, but it slowed his momentum and he was tackled short of the end zone. Uzomah bobbled and dropped a 3rd-and-8 pass that should have been a first down inside the red zone, causing a Bengals drive to stall. Uzomah is talented and has shown some flashes in his four weeks as a starter, but will fade back into a minor role with Tyler Eifert expected to return next week.

2016 Week 3 vs DEN (4 / 2 / 31 / 0 rec)

Uzomah hauled in a 22-yard reception on third-and-long to keep the chains moving on the Bengals second touchdown drive. He showed a nice burst to get open down the seam and held onto the ball despite taking a big hit.

2016 Week 2 vs PIT (8 / 3 / 9 / 0 rec)

Uzomah split time with Tyler Kroft, who recently returned from an injury. He was targeted in the end zone and came down with the ball in bounds. He got his knee down, but the official ruled him out of bounds. The Bengals failed to challenge the play.

2016 Week 1 vs NYJ (5 / 2 / 59 / 0 rec)

In his first NFL action, the second-year pro caught a 54-yard pass which highlighted the 4.6 speed that enticed the Bengals to invest a 2015 fifth-round pick in him. He flew down the seam and made a nice catch between the linebacker and the safety, fought off the first tackle attempt and rumbled to the Jets 20-yard line for the longest gain of the game. On the very next play after the big play, Uzomah was open for what would have been a sure touchdown. Dalton threw a wobbling pass off his back foot that Uzomah had to reach below his knees to catch. He was unable to come up with the shoestring catch. While it would have been a difficult catch, it was a play that Tyler Eifert probably makes. Two plays later, on 3rd-and-5 from the Jets 15-yard line, Dalton again looked to Uzomah on a slant route into the end zone. But coverage was tight and the throw was too high for Uzomah to make a play on the ball. The Bengals love to throw to the tight end in the red zone. If Uzomah remains ahead of Tyler Kroft (who returned Week 1 in limited fashion after missing the preseason with a knee injury) while Eifert is sidelined, he will have a decent shot each week at finding the end zone.


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