David Njoku
David Njoku
23-Year-Old Tight EndTE
Cleveland Browns
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.
Could have option picked up
TECleveland Browns
February 26, 2020
General manager Andrew Berry suggested Tuesday that the Browns are likely to pick up Njoku's fifth-year contract option for 2021 this spring, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon-Journal reports.
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It wouldn't actually be much of a commitment, as Njoku's draft position (29th overall) and football position (tight end) both serve to limit the cost of the fifth-year option, which is guaranteed for injury only. Berry said he envisions Njoku as part of the Browns' future, a sentiment echoed by new head coach Kevin Stefanski. It's no secret Njoku clashed with former coach Freddie Kitchens, failing to regain a significant role after he was out for two months with a broken wrist in 2019. The young tight end was promising but inconsistent in 2017 and 2018, often alternating ugly drops and big plays. With Njoku set to turn 24 this summer, the Browns believe he still has time to harness the immense physical gifts he demonstrated at the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine -- a 4.64 40-yard-dash time, a 37.5-inch vertical jump and a 133-inch broad jump, all strong numbers for a player measuring in at 6-foot-4 and 246 pounds.
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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
15.3
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.60
 
% Team Air Yards
1.4%
 
% Team Targets
1.9%
 
Avg Depth of Target
6.1 Yds
 
Catch Rate
50.0%
 
Drop Rate
20.0%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
3.2
 
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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
49 routes   10 targets
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78%
481 routes   97 targets
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481 routes   97 targets
92%
58 routes   7 targets
66%
31 routes   3 targets
51%
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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.
More Fantasy News
Has renewed life with Cleveland
TECleveland Browns
January 1, 2020
Njoku's chances of remaining with the Browns in 2020 improved after the organization parted ways with head coach Freddie Kitchens following the Week 17 loss to the Bengals, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
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Limited playing time
TECleveland Browns
December 30, 2019
Njoku played four offensive snaps in Sunday's 33-23 loss to the Bengals in Week 17.
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Back from doghouse
TECleveland Browns
December 29, 2019
Njoku is listed as active Week 17 against Cincinnati.
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No word on Week 17 status
TECleveland Browns
December 28, 2019
Cleveland head coach Freddie Kitchens was non-committal about Njoku's status for Week 17 against the Bengals, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
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Scratched yet again
TECleveland Browns
December 22, 2019
Njoku is on the inactive list for the second consecutive week in advance of Sunday's matchup against Baltimore.
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