David Njoku
David Njoku
23-Year-Old Tight EndTE
Cleveland Browns
IR
Injury Wrist
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $9.53 million contract with the Browns in June of 2017.
Cleared of concussion
TECleveland Browns
Wrist
October 3, 2019
Njoku said Thursday that he's cleared the NFL's concussion protocol and has turned his focus exclusively to rehabbing his fractured wrist, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
ANALYSIS
Njoku sustained the two injuries on a hard hit from the Jets' Nate Hairston on Sept. 16, resulting in his placement on injured reserve four days later. The tight end was able to avoid surgery to address the wrist issue, keeping hope alive for him to return later this season if he hits no unexpected snags in his rehab. The Browns won't be able to bring him back from IR until at least their Nov. 24 game against the Dolphins in Week 12.
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How do David Njoku's 2019 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.
Air Yards Per Game
25.0
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.66
 
% Team Air Yards
3.7%
 
% Team Targets
4.5%
 
Avg Depth of Target
7.1 Yds
 
Catch Rate
57.1%
 
Drop Rate
42.9%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
2.5
 
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How often does David Njoku run a route when on the field for a pass play?
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David Njoku
39 routes   7 targets
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26 routes   12 targets
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79 routes   6 targets
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16 routes   3 targets
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Overall QB Rating Against
75.9
 
Cornerbacks
82.5
 
Safeties
35.0
 
Linebackers
91.6
 
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2019 David Njoku Split Stats
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
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
2018
2017
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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Avoids surgery on wrist
TECleveland Browns
Wrist
September 24, 2019
Njoku (concussion) won't have surgery on his broken wrist, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
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Week 12 return is best-case scenario
TECleveland Browns
Wrist
September 20, 2019
With Njoku (wrist) having been placed on IR on Friday, the first game he'd be eligible to play in would be Nov. 24 against the Dolphins, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
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Lands on IR
TECleveland Browns
Wrist
September 20, 2019
The Browns have placed Njoku (wrist) on IR, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
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Suffers broken wrist
TECleveland Browns
Wrist
September 18, 2019
Njoku suffered a broken wrist Monday night against the Jets, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
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May need wrist surgery
TECleveland Browns
Concussion
September 18, 2019
Njoku, who is dealing with a concussion, also suffered a wrist injury Monday night against the Jets, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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