David Njoku

David Njoku

25-Year-Old Tight EndTE
Cleveland Browns
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Njoku is coming off a 2020 campaign in which he caught 19 of his 29 targets for 213 and two TDs in 13 games. Now in his fifth season with the Browns, the 2017 first-rounder remains behind Austin Hooper in the team's tight end pecking order, and Harrison Bryant is also around to compete for targets. In that context, Njoku is probably an injury break or two away from garnering fantasy-worthy volume, but if given the chance, the 6-4, 246-pounder does possess more than enough athleticism to produce as a pass catcher. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $9.53 million contract with the Browns in June of 2017. Browns exercised $6.01 million team option for 2021 in April of 2020.
Finishes with two grabs in win
TECleveland Browns
January 10, 2022
Njoku caught both of his targets for 11 yards in Sunday's 21-16 win over the Bengals.
ANALYSIS
Njoku was questionable due to a shoulder injury but managed to get on the field and finish off his best season since 2018. The fifth-year tight end caught 36 of 53 targets for 475 yards and led all Cleveland receivers with four touchdowns. After some drama the previous two seasons, including trade requests and being out-snapped by rookie Harrison Bryant in 2020, Njoku fell into line in 2021 and was a model contributor, per Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal. Following Sunday's win, Njoku expressed his desire to stay in Cleveland, per Nate Ulrich of the Beacon Journal. Njoku becomes an unrestricted free agent, but it sounds like both sides would like to commit to another term. Austin Hooper and Bryant still are around, but coach Kevin Stefanski uses tight ends as more than just blockers, and Njoku was the best receiver of the bunch. He is expected to draw attention in the open market, so it's unlikely the Browns get a hometown discount.
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How do David Njoku's 2021 advanced stats compare to other tight ends?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
  • % Targeted On Route
    Targets divided by total routes run. Also known as TPRR.
  • Avg Yds Per Route Run
    Receiving yards divided by total routes run. Also known as YPRR.
Air Yards Per Game
28.5
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.72
 
% Team Air Yards
11.2%
 
% Team Targets
10.8%
 
Avg Depth of Target
8.4 Yds
 
Catch Rate
67.9%
 
Drop Rate
5.7%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
7.1
 
% Targeted On Route
18.5%
 
Avg Yds Per Route Run
1.66
 
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How often does David Njoku run a route when on the field for a pass play?
This data will let you see how David Njoku and the other tight ends for the Browns are being used. Some tight ends may have a lot of snaps, but they're not that useful for fantasy purposes because they're not actually running routes. This data will help you see when this is the case.
David Njoku
287 routes   53 targets
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45%
146 routes   28 targets
38%
4 routes   0 targets
36%
275 routes   61 targets
40%
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How do David Njoku's measurables compare to other tight ends?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 4"
 
Weight
246 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.78 sec
 
Hand Length
10.00 in
 
Arm Length
35.35 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2019
2018
2017
In 2019, Njoku occupied a spot in the doghouse under then-head coach Freddie Kitchens. He looked positioned for a big year after catching four of six targets and a touchdown in Week 1, but a Week 2 wrist injury KO'd the 2017 first-rounder's next 11 weeks (10 games). Upon Njoku's return, Kitchens questioned his effort and made the 23-year-old a healthy scratch. With a new head coach in Kevin Stefanski, one who utilizes tight ends, Njoku's fantasy outlook takes on a slightly more positive feel. However, the team spent big money to bring in Austin Hooper, likely leaving Njoku as the No. 2 TE. The Browns did pick up the fifth-year option on Njoku's rookie contract, but that wasn't enough to dissuade him from requesting a trade in July. It isn't clear if the team has any interest in honoring his request.
The first thing to remember with Njoku is that he came into the league at a young age. He was 21 during his rookie year of 2017- which was held back by the clown car of the Hue Jackson Browns - and will be a third-year pro this season at 23 years old. Tight end is a complicated position as is, but especially when you've spotted an age advantage to your peers. The Baker Mayfield switch didn't push Njoku through the roof, but The Joker did increase his catch rate by 10 percent from his rookie year and was eighth in the league in TE yardage. The Browns didn't prioritize Njoku in scoring areas, with his eight red-zone targets tying Rob Gronkowski for 18th place among tight ends. There's obvious room for growth in that regard, especially if the Cleveland offense takes a big step forward with Mayfield in his second year and having a full offseason to work with coach Freddie Kitchens. On the flip side, the Browns need to find room for Odell Beckham Jr. on the receiving tree, and they also have a deep backfield that demands touches. But Njoku's impressive 2017 combine is still fresh in our minds, and maybe a spike is possible this season.
No one doubts the Njoku pedigree. He was a first-round pick out of the University of Miami. He crushed the 2017 Combine, finishing top-three among TEs in the vertical jump, broad jump and three-cone drill, with a solid 40 time (4.64) to boot. Ah, but Njoku landed in Cleveland, joining a team with a clueless head coach and a revolving door at quarterback. Given the challenges of the position and the chaos around Njoku, a 32-386-4 haul was rather impressive. Strangely, most of his production came early; he had just one touchdown after Week 5. His biggest problem this year could be competition for targets. Josh Gordon is around, at least to start the year. Target-gobbling Jarvis Landry joined the team. Two primary running backs were added, and Duke Johnson is still around. At the end of the day, you have to ask yourself if you think Njoku's talent can overcome the gridlock he's staring down.
The Browns traded up to land Njoku in April's draft, selecting him with the No. 29 overall pick. Perhaps other teams were struggling with the pronunciation; for the record, it's en-JOE-koo. The University of Miami has a rich legacy of tight ends, including Jimmy Graham, Greg Olsen and Jeremy Shockey. The exciting thing about Njoku's fantasy potential is that he's seen more as a receiver than a blocker. One of the fantasy hacks we're always looking for is a tight end who's used as a hybrid WR more than anything else, and Njoku seems to have that club in his bag. The cold water to the case? The Browns haven't had quality QB play since dinosaurs roamed the planet, Njoku is still young for his class (he turned 21 in July), and rookie tight ends are notoriously a risky investment. We love his future, but we'll try to stay grounded with initial expectations.
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Suits up Sunday
TECleveland Browns
January 9, 2022
Njoku (shoulder) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Bengals.
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Questionable for Sunday
TECleveland Browns
Shoulder
January 7, 2022
Njoku (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bengals, Zac Jackson of The Athletic reports.
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Absent once again
TECleveland Browns
Shoulder
January 6, 2022
Njoku (shoulder) was a non-participant at Thursday's practice session, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
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No practice Wednesday
TECleveland Browns
Shoulder
January 5, 2022
Njoku is listed as a non-participant on Wednesday's injury report due to a shoulder issue, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
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Touchdown in defeat
TECleveland Browns
January 3, 2022
Njoku caught all four of his targets for 28 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's 26-14 loss to the Steelers.
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