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.
Falls back Week 2
TECleveland Browns
September 20, 2021
Njoku caught two of three targets for 18 yards in Sunday's 31-21 win over the Texans.
ANALYSIS
Njoku was Cleveland's receiving-yardage leader Week 1, but he finished behind several others Sunday, including tight end mates Austin Hooper and, more notably, Harrison Bryant. It's not that the Browns shied away from Njoku -- his three targets were third on the team -- but the offense simply didn't flow his way. He played more snaps (36) than Bryant (31) and remains an active target, which could be beneficial in the coming weeks. The position group as a whole became more important to the offense after Jarvis Landry sustained a knee injury that is expected to sideline him multiple weeks. If Odell Beckham (knee) remains out as well Week 3 against Chicago, Njoku, Bryant and Hooper could have as heavy involvement in the game plan as they did against the Texans.
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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.
Air Yards Per Game
102.0
 
Air Yards Per Snap
1.48
 
% Team Air Yards
36.3%
 
% Team Targets
18.5%
 
Avg Depth of Target
20.4 Yds
 
Catch Rate
37.5%
 
Drop Rate
0.0%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
6.7
 
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How often does David Njoku run a route when on the field for a pass play?
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Overall QB Rating Against
115.0
 
Cornerbacks
101.1
 
Safeties
153.3
 
Linebackers
45.4
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do David Njoku's measurables compare to other tight ends?
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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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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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Yardage leader Week 1
TECleveland Browns
September 13, 2021
Njoku caught three of five targets for a team-high 76 yards in Sunday's 33-29 loss to Kansas City.
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Sits out Sunday
TECleveland Browns
August 23, 2021
Njoku did not play in Sunday's 17-13 win over the Giants in preseason Week 2, Scott Petrak of the Chronicle-Telegram reports.
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Burns multiple corners
TECleveland Browns
August 20, 2021
Njoku (shoulder) had a good day in camp Friday, beating three separate corners on the second day of the Browns-Giants joint practice, Ellis. L. Williams of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
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Hires new agent
TECleveland Browns
Shoulder
August 15, 2021
Njoku (shoulder) hired a new agent, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
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Does not play opener
TECleveland Browns
Shoulder
August 15, 2021
Njoku (shoulder) did not play in Saturday's 23-13 win over the Jaguars in preseason Week 1.
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