TE C.J. Uzomah - Cincinnati Bengals
|6-5, 264||Born: 1-14-1993||College: Auburn||Drafted: Round 5, pick 2015|
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Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs TE 1, TE 12, TE 24
C.J. Uzomah's percentile rank in each category, among TE with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 17 vs PIT (1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Uzomah caught a short dump off for six yards but was otherwise a non-factor.
2018 Week 16 vs CLE (5 / 4 / 49 / 1 rec)
Uzomah is the best healthy pass catcher the Bengals have. He did well to haul in a 9-yard grab in traffic over the middle. Uzomah ran over cornerback Denzel Ward on his way to a 12-yard gain, knocking the rookie out of the game after he took the worst of it on his attempted tackle. The very next play, Uzomah went high over safety Jabrill Peppers in the back corner of the end zone for a 14-yard touchdown. Uzomah has been productive despite playing through a shoulder injury and should be in position to cash in with a nice contract as a free agent this March.
2018 Week 15 vs OAK (5 / 1 / 27 / 0 rec)
Uzomah had a quiet day but did get open down the seam for a big 27-yard gain.
2018 Week 14 vs LAC (3 / 3 / 37 / 0 rec)
Uzomah ran a seam route and was able to bring the ball in and hold on despite taking a big hit to the midsection from the safety. It went for a 24-yard gain. Uzomah remains one of the go-to passing game weapons but will have a hard time making a fantasy impact in games like this where the Bengals throw fewer than 30 times.
2018 Week 13 vs DEN (7 / 5 / 33 / 0 rec)
Uzomah continues his strong play. He has the speed to get separation from linebackers trying to cover him and has shown a tremendous ability to go up high and make catches at full extension. On an early gain down the right sideline, Uzomah was able to leap and grab a poorly thrown ball that said on Driskel.
2018 Week 12 vs CLE (13 / 6 / 39 / 0 rec)
Uzomah was again a solid secondary target. He made a pair of nice grabs along the right sideline on the opening drive, one of which was called back due to holding.
2018 Week 11 vs BAL (5 / 3 / 41 / 0 rec)
Uzomah had a gutsy performance as he continues to play through a shoulder injury. On a hard tackle, he came up holding his shoulder in pain but still stayed on the field and played every snap. He made a couple big catches, including a 20-yard completion down the seam where he leaped and extended high to make the hands catch over a defender.
2018 Week 10 vs NO (4 / 3 / 23 / 0 rec)
Uzomah continues to play through a painful shoulder injury and provide a solid, if unexceptional underneath target for Dalton. After a rough week before the bye where the injury really limited him, Uzomah was healthy enough to extend away from his body to make contested catches. He played nearly every snap and should be one of the prime offensive targets moving forward.
2018 Week 8 vs TB (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
With the Bengals tight end position decimated by injuries, Uzomah soldiered through a painful shoulder injury to play 97% of the snaps. He tried to go up for a high pass on the opening drive and was clearly favoring the shoulder when he came down. Uzomah looked to have some momentum as a key pass catcher for the Bengals but that has slowed considerable over the past two weeks and he was held without a reception against the Buccaneers. His lack of receptions were even more glaring than the box score indicates because he had a pair of targets that didn't count officially due to Tampa Bay jumping offsides.
2018 Week 7 vs KC (2 / 2 / 13 / 1 rec)
Uzomah again played well. He was able to box out a defender in the end zone for a 4-yard touchdown pass. He patiently got to his spot then spun to the outside to give Dalton a window to throw into. Uzomah also drew a holding pearly when matched up in single coverage outside.
2018 Week 6 vs PIT (7 / 6 / 54 / 0 rec)
Rivalry games can highlight which players a quarterback can trust and which he can't. In that sense, it was a breakout performance for Uzomah. The stats and yardage totals don't leap off of the page but Uzomah was able to consistently make tough catches against good coverage. Unlike some past weeks where he did most of his damage on screens or play action that got him wide open, Uzomah made all of his catches on normal routes. He even made a couple grabs lined up split out wide on comeback routes, including a key 10-yard grab on third down to help setup the Bengals first touchdown. Uzomah made another pivotal grab on a 3rd down with under three minutes to play to pick up a first down. With Tyler Eifert out for the season and Tyler Kroft sidelined, Uzomah was on the field for nearly every snap and the clear third option in the passing offense. He should be on the fantasy radar going forward, especially if John Ross and Tyler Kroft miss more time.
2018 Week 5 vs MIA (2 / 2 / 43 / 0 rec)
Uzomah is the Bengals top tight end now that Tyler Eifert is out for the season. However, he has a different skillset to Eifert and will see fewer targets as a result. His biggest strength is his ability to pick up yards after the catch and is less of a threat down the field. Both of his receptions came on short passes designed to get him in the open field as a runner. He picked up a 25-yard gain on a screen pass on the opening drive. He got the ball with some space and a blocker in front of him and he was able to make the most of his opportunity. Unfortunately, after the long catch to get the Bengals into the red zone, he picked up a holding penalty on the next play to set the team back. His second catch went for 18 yards. He leaked out to the backside after a play fake to the strong side, caught it short and did some nice running to turn it into a solid gain.
2018 Week 2 vs BAL (4 / 3 / 45 / 0 rec)
Uzomah had the same number of targets (four) as Tyler Eifert and was the Bengals third-leading receiver in this contest. He had a long gainer on a misdirection play where everything flowed left and he cut back across the grain to come wide open for a 29-yard gain. He also had a nice catch-and-run on a screen pass. Uzomah is a freaky size/speed athlete and has shown excellent run after the catch ability this season. With Eifert on a pitch count, expect Uzomah to remain a fixture of the offense going forward. He played 49% of the snaps against the Ravens.
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