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David Njoku | Browns TE

Date of Birth:  07/10/1996
Age:  24
Height  6'4"
Weight:   246
College:  Miami (FL)
Drafted:  2017 | Round 1 | Pick 29
Depth Chart:  Starter

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David Njoku | Browns TE

David Njoku remains committed to the Browns after multiple meetings with the organization, according to agent Drew Rosenhaus.

Njoku had previously requested a trade because the new regime—led by general manager Andrew Berry—signed Austin Hooper to a big contract and drafted Harrison Bryant, but it sounds like the former first-round pick will be on the roster in 2020. The expectation has been that Cleveland will run plenty of 12 personnel, so this news is more evidence of that. Njoku is a borderline top-30 option at the position based on talent, but he will be fighting several players for targets on a run-first offense.

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David Njoku has requested a trade.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Browns insist that they want to keep Njoku, but the young tight end's agent Drew Rosenhaus says Njoku is "intent" on a trade. Rosenhaus also said: "It is in David's best interest to find a new team at this time." While Cleveland has maintained that they want to keep Njoku as a big part of their offense in multiple-tight-end sets, it's felt like this situation wouldn't work out since the team signed former Falcons tight end Austin Hooper during free agency. Njoku will turn just 24 years old in a week, but he's already shown he can be a productive starter in the NFL, and he understandably wants to be in a situation that'll feature his talents. Rosenhaus pushing for a trade could help get something done, but we'll see what happens.

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The Browns will exercise the fifth-year option on David Njoku, according to ESPN's Jake Trotter.

While there was some thought that Njoku would be on the trade block after the team signed tight end Austin Hooper in free agency, all indications have been that Cleveland wants to keep the 2017 first-round pick on the roster in 2020—and now, he's under contract with the team through 2021. Expect the Browns to run multiple tight end sets about as much as anyone this season, but it might be difficult for Njoku to find consistent value as a TE1 option in fantasy leagues.

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David Njoku is active for Week 17.

Njoku has been a healthy inactive over the past two weeks, but the Browns are giving him a shot in the finale. Talent gives the 2017 first-round pick plenty of upside, but an uncertain role makes him more of a TE2 option.

David Njoku | Browns TE

David Njoku is inactive for Week 15.

Njoku appears to be a healthy scratch, which is a surprise for the former first-round pick. If you were planning to use Njoku in today's awesome matchup against the Cardinals, make sure you take him out of your lineup.

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The Browns have officially activated David Njoku.

The expectation was that Njoku would return sooner than this, but at least he's officially being activated before his 21-day window expires. At a shallow position, the athletic tight end is worth a pickup if he's available in your league, and his return is a boost for the Cleveland offense over the final four games of the season. Njoku will help out Baker Mayfield and company in the red zone in particular. The third-year tight end has been out since Week 2 with his wrist injury.

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The Browns have designated David Njoku (wrist) to return from injured reserve.

Njoku will practice today and can return on Sunday against the Dolphins, so we'll monitor his status throughout the week. Especially considering the state of the tight end position, Njoku is worth an immediate pickup in all formats, as he's a talented player in an offense that's finding their stride with the schedule softening up. The only concern for Njoku as a TE1 play is how much Baker Mayfield likes to spread the ball around, and Kareem Hunt may take some looks away.

David Njoku | Browns TE

The Browns have placed David Njoku (wrist) on IR.

Njoku will miss at least the next eight games, but Cleveland will likely designate him as a player to return in a couple months. Ideally, fantasy owners will be able to stash him on an IR spot, but Njoku can be dropped if you need the roster space. Demetrius Harris will fill in as the starter and is a touchdown-dependent TE2.

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David Njoku is expected to be out for more than a month, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Rapoport says Njoku is "seeking additional opinions to see if he needs surgery, but he's out for more than a month if the initial estimates hold up." So while Njoku's status appears unclear at this point, Rapoport saying he has a broken wrist—in which case it's difficult to see him not missing at least a few games. More information on the athletic tight end's status should be available in the next 24 hours.

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David Njoku may need wrist surgery, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Njoku is getting secondary opinions to see if surgery is necessary, so fantasy owners should prepare to potentially have him out for an extended period of time. Demetrius Harris would be the next man up for Cleveland, but hopefully Njoku gets good news and can avoid surgery.

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David Njoku (concussion) has been ruled out for the rest of tonight's game.

This isn't surprising after Njoku was flipped and landed awkwardly on his head/neck after going up for a high pass early in the game against the Jets. Njoku did not have any catches before leaving. Hopefully he's feeling better soon and can get cleared for this Sunday night versus the Rams.

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David Njoku is officially being evaluated for a concussion.

Njoku landed on his head and had his neck twist pretty badly, and he's now officially being called questionable to return. We'll update you as more information becomes available on the third-year tight end's status.

David Njoku | Browns TE

David Njoku caught three passes for 62 yards in Sunday's loss to the Ravens.

Njoku was targeted a healthy seven times as Baker Mayfield aired it out 42 times, and it would have been a bigger day if he could have held onto a jump ball in the end zone that was just jarred loose in tight coverage. The second season for the 2017 first-round pick ends with 56 receptions for 639 yards and four touchdowns, but the thing holding him back in 2019 and beyond will be Mayfield's willingness to spread the ball around. Based on talent, Njoku will be one of the better mid-to-late round options at tight end.

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David Njoku caught three passes for 73 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's win over Cincinnati.

Njoku caught a jump ball in the end zone from three yards away to get started, but he was pretty quiet the rest of the day until a game-sealing catch-and-run for 66 yards that he nearly housed. The best two games of the year have now come against the Bengals, and Njoku will look to finish on a high note next week against Baltimore, who he caught six passes for 69 yards against back in Week 5. The Ravens remain vulnerable against opposing tight ends, so the 2017 first-round pick will be a solid TE1.

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David Njoku caught three passes for 30 yards in Saturday night's victory over Denver.

Njoku was targeted five times, and one of them was a potential chunk play and/or touchdown, but Breshad Perriman ended up running a route in the same area, which seemed to draw the safety over. Overall, it was another somewhat underwhelming performance out of Njoku by no real fault of his own, as Cleveland simply doesn't feature the 2017 first-round pick in a spread-the-wealth passing attack. Njoku will remain a TE1 for Week 16 against Cincinnati.

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David Njoku caught three passes for 35 yards in Sunday's win over the Panthers.

Njoku was targeted four times, and the unsuccessful connection came on what should have been a chunk play down the sideline (it went through his hands, but he seemed to be expecting a ball that led him upfield). The second-year tight end has been up-and-down this season, but he gets a home-run matchup against the Broncos next Saturday after they were just blasted by George Kittle for 210 yards.

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David Njoku bottled up as Browns lose to the Texans, 29-13.

Njoku caught just three passes for eight yards, but he was at least tied for second on the team in targets (six). Still, it was a disappointment as Baker Mayfield—despite significant struggles—threw for nearly 400 yards, so we'll see if Njoku can bounce back in Week 14 against the Panthers, who have really struggled against opposing tight ends. The 2017 first-round pick should remain a TE1.

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David Njoku scores in Browns' win.

Njoku caught five passes (on five targets) for 63 yards and a touchdown, leading the team in both receptions and yardage while being one of four players to catch a touchdown from Baker Mayfield in the game. The spectacular touchdown was a six-yarder on a screen pass where Njoku leaped to the end zone from the five-yard line, was stopped short in mid-air but was then pushed into the end zone by his teammates while remaining off the ground. This was a good bounce back for Njoku after just one reception in his last game, and he gets a good matchup next week against the Texans. He remains a solid TE1 option, but he offers a low floor if the Browns opt not to utilize him.

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David Njoku catches 18-yard pass in win over the Falcons.

It was his only reception and target of the game. Cleveland spread the ball around in a 28-16 victory, but it was still disappointing for Njoku owners that were given little to no production for the second time in three weeks. However, the 22-year-old is worth holding onto as the Browns head into the bye week, and he has enough upside to remain a TE1 down the stretch.

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David Njoku (knee, ribs) is officially active for the Browns.

Njoku was limited in practice all week leading up to this Week 10 matchup with the Falcons, but there wasn’t much doubt he’d be out there for the Browns. However, Njoku could be at less than 100%, so he’ll carry some downside in fantasy lineups. The second-year tight end is still obviously in the TE1 for Week 10, though.

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David Njoku catches four passes in Week 9.

Njoku was targeted five times against the Chiefs, gaining 53 yards on his four receptions, including a nice juggling catches off a deflection. The only target Njoku didn't come up with was when he was open and targeted on a deep corner route that was overthrown by Baker Mayfield. The second-year tight end faces the Falcons next week in a game the Browns might need to score a lot of points in.

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David Njoku doesn't get a target in Week 8.

This was probably the most surprising performance of the week, as Njoku had a good matchup against a Steelers team that has struggled against tight ends this season. However, the Browns did not utilize him like they had been the previous few weeks despite him arguably being their best option in the passing game. Next week, Njoku gets a matchup against a Chiefs team that has also struggled to defend tight ends, but his maddening usage carries obvious downside in fantasy lineups if the Browns opt not to involve him. Through eight games, the second-year tight end is on pace for 62 receptions, 594 yards, and four touchdowns.

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David Njoku scores in loss to Tampa Bay.

Njoku caught four passes for 52 yards, including a 15-yard touchdown reception that he high-pointed in the corner of the end zone. The second-year tight end has now gone for lines of 5/52, 6/69, 7/55/1, and 4/52/1 since Baker Mayfield took over as the starter, and he looks like a weekly TE1 right along with George Kittle, Jimmy Graham, and Greg Olsen behind the Gronkowski/Kelce/Ertz tier. Keep rolling with Njoku next week in another great matchup (and potential shootout) with the Steelers.

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David Njoku scores first touchdown of the season in Week 6.

Njoku was targeted a team-high 12 times against the Chargers, catching seven passes for 55 yards and a touchdown. The score was on a fade route in the fourth quarter, and it was Njoku's first touchdown of the year six weeks in. The second-year tight end has been much better with Baker Mayfield under-center for Cleveland, catching at least five passes for 52 yards in each of Mayfield's three starts. He's an obvious TE1 in a great matchup with Tampa Bay next week.

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David Njoku gets team-high 11 targets in Browns' win.

Njoku caught six passes for 69 yards in the overtime victory against Baltimore. The second-year tight end is still looking to find the end zone for the first time this season, but there's no question he's benefited from the quarterback change to Baker Mayfield, as he has at least five catches and 52 yards in each of his first two starts. He's a TE1 option for Week 6 against the Chargers.

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David Njoku caught five passes for 52 yards in Sunday's loss to the Raiders.

Njoku was expected to be more productive with Baker Mayfield replacing Tyrod Taylor as the starting quarter, and Sunday was a solid start. The 2017 first-round pick is on pace for 56 receptions and 484 yards through the first four games of the season, but he should make a bigger impact in future weeks, especially with the running game have so much success. Consider Njoku a backend TE1 for Week 5 against Baltimore.

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David Njoku catches two passes in win over the Jets.

Njoku caught two passes for 36 yards in the 21-17 victory. Despite the modest night, the second-year tight end trailed only Jarvis Landry in receiving yards, and his season-long outlook gets a huge boost with Baker Mayfield replacing Tyrod Taylor as the starter. Now is the time to buy-low on Njoku, who faces the Raiders in Week 4.

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David Njoku catches four passes in Week 2.

Njoku gained 20 yards one his four receptions (seven targets) against the Saints. The Browns are mostly using Njoku on short passes, but hopefully they'll get him going down the field more with Josh Gordon soon to be off the team.

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David Njoku fails to make an impact in season opener.

Njoku caught three passes for 13 yards, and he left the game briefly with an undisclosed injury before returning. The second-year tight end was basically used as an H-back for much of the game rather than a consistent receiving threat, which was disappointing to see. Hopefully weather played a factor in the conservative approach with Njoku, but he is trending down heading into Week 2.

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David Njoku has improved as a route runner.

Browns tight ends coach Greg Seamon says Njoku "is a much more refined route runner than he was," and added that "he should be a dominant receiver in the red zone." Andrew Gribble of ClevelandBrowns.com says Njoku and Seth DeValve, who the team also likes, could again have around the same statistical output this season as they both get playing time, but there's no question the first-round pick Njoku has a lot of upside. If Njoku emerges as the clear top tight end for Cleveland, he'll have TE1 upside in 2018.

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Hue Jackson expects to see "a huge jump" from David Njoku this season.

Jackson said after offseason training that he thinks the second-year tight end will make a jump this season, but that they won't know "until the pads come on." Njoku was selected in the first round last year, and he'll be given an opportunity to carve out a big-time role as Cleveland's clear number one tight end in 2018. Teammate Seth DeValve had 33 receptions for 395 yards last season, and the team also added veteran tight end Darren Fells to the mix, but Njoku will have at least backend TE1 upside  this season. He's currently going toward the end of fantasy drafts, which is probably where he'll get drafted later this summer.

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David Njoku caught two passes for 38 yards in Sunday's loss to the Steelers.

The highlight was a 34-yard catch down the seam. Cleveland's talented first-round pick finishes his rookie campaign with 32 receptions for 386 yards and four touchdowns. Njoku doesn't turn 22 until next July, and his long-term upside is as high as anyone in the league. Depending on what the Browns do this offseason, he could be an upside pick at the end of fantasy drafts next summer. He's an elite dynasty prospect.

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David Njoku catches one pass against Chicago.

Njoku gains 13 yards on his lone reception, and he was targeted three times in the game. The rookie tight end will look to finish the season strong in Week 17, but he's not a recommended fantasy option.

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David Njoku held without a catch in loss to the Ravens.

Njoku shouldn't be owned in redraft leagues for the 0-14 Browns. The first-round pick has a promising future, but quarterback and coaching will be key for him to make the most of his talent.

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David Njoku catches one pass in Week 14.

Njoku gained three yards on his lone reception against Green Bay. The rookie tight end is difficult to trust in fantasy lineups, but he has strong dynasty appeal.

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David Njoku scores against the Chargers.

Njoku was targeted six times in the Week 13 loss, catching four passes for 74 yards and a touchdown. The score was on a 28-yard seam route in the second quarter, and it was Cleveland's only touchdown of the game. Njoku isn't a recommended option in a difficult matchup with the Packers next week, but it's good to see him making plays in his first NFL season.

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David Njoku caught four passes for 47 yards in Sunday's loss to Cincinnati.

Njoku had been very quiet for a month, but this was a solid game for the rookie. He will look to help the Browns to their first win of the season next week against the Chargers, but the rookie isn't a recommended option in redraft leagues.

David Njoku | Browns TE

David Njoku gets one target in Week 11.

The rookie tight end caught his lone target, gaining 13 yards against the Jaguars. Njoku has a bright future but is not a fantasy option right now.

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David Njoku held to one reception in loss to the Lions.

It went for three yards. The first-round pick should remain on the waiver wire outside of deeper leagues, but perhaps he will be more involved down the stretch for the winless Browns.

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David Njoku gets team-high seven targets against the Vikings.

Minnesota did a good job of limiting the tight end, as he only had two receptions for 19 yards in the Browns’ loss. The rookie tight end pushed off late in the game and had a pass interference called against him. The Browns have a Week 9 bye, so maybe sure you don’t have Njoku in your lineup as a TE2 next week.

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David Njoku leads team in receiving yards on Sunday.

Njoku caught two passes for 58 yards in a 12-9 overtime loss. Both receptions came when Cody Kessler replaced DeShone Kizer as quarterback, with the first being a perfectly thrown seam pass on his first drive of the game. Kessler remaining the starting quarterback would be a boost to Njoku's fantasy stock, but it's impossible to know what Cleveland will do at the position. They'll take on the Vikings in London next Sunday.

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David Njoku held to zero yards in Week 6 loss.

The rookie was able to catch two passes, but they went for three and negative-three yards. Njoku showed good chemistry with Kevin Hogan off the bench, but they couldn't get anything going in Hogan's first career start. Njoku should only be owned in dynasty leagues, but he's a great asset there.

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David Njoku makes spectacular touchdown catch in Browns' loss to the Jets.

The first-round pick made a lunging, one-handed grab for a 21-yard score in the third quarter, and he finished with three catches for 48 yards and a score. It was the rookie's third touchdown in the past four games, and he's shown good chemistry with backup quarterback Kevin Hogan. If Hogan is named the starter, it's a boost to Njoku's fantasy stock in 2017. The Browns take on the Texans in Week 6.

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David Njoku catches both targets in Week 4.

The rookie tight end gained 11 yards against the Bengals. He's a good dynasty option, but he's not on the standard fantasy radar yet, though he is on pace for eight touchdowns this season.

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David Njoku scores for second straight week.

Njoku had two receptions for 12 yards and a touchdown in a loss to the Colts. The rookie tight end is capitalizing on his looks in the red zone, and he should be quite the weapon there in the coming years. Njoku is a better dynasty than standard league option for now.

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David Njoku makes NFL debut.

The first-round pick caught two passes for 20 yards in a 21-18 loss to the Steelers. Second-year player Seth DeValve looks like the primary tight end for Cleveland, but they will use a lot of two-tight-end sets, and Njoku obviously has more upside, though it might not be realized in 2017. The Browns play the Ravens next Sunday.

David Njoku | Browns TE

David Njoku caught two passes for 28 yards in the preseason finale on Thursday night.

Njoku made a nice back-shoulder catch on a scramble by Cody Kessler, and even with a quiet preseason, it's clear why the Browns took him in the first round. Njoku just turned 21 in July, so people expecting a lot from him as a rookie will probably be disappointed; tight ends rarely become big-time contributors in the first year in the league.

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Njoku caught one pass for 12 yards on Saturday night.

The talented rookie is a great target in dynasty leagues, but he doesn't look like a fantasy contributor in 2017. Njoku just turned 21 last month, and he has a sky-high ceiling—you just shouldn't spend a draft pick on him in redraft leagues.

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David Njoku leaves with foot/ankle injury in the fourth quarter of preseason game.

Njoku got rolled up on by a teammate and was down for a moment before helped off the field. It didn't have the looks of a serious injury, but we'll provide an update when it's available. What may be more concerning is that Njoku was in there late in the fourth quarter, but the first-round pick isn't expected to be an early-season fantasy contributor anyway.

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Browns tight end David Njoku is back at practice.

Njoku was dealing with a back issue, but he's back after missing some practices and the team's first preseason game on Thursday. Look for Njoku to be good to go for the second preseason game, which isn't until Monday the 21st against the Giants.

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David Njoku has a back issue and missed practice today.

Browns head coach Hue Jackson said his rookie tight end's back flared up at the start of practice, but added "I don't think it's anything major." Hopefully Njoku is OK and can get back on the practice field soon, as he's expected to be a contributor in his first year in the league.

David Njoku | Browns TE

The Browns take Miami (FL) tight end David Njoku with their third 1st round pick (29th overall) in the 2017 NFL Draft.

The Browns are coming away with a great first night, taking Myles Garrett, Jabrill Peppers, and now Njoku—three productive players in college, something the new Browns regime has valued over the last two years. Not even turning 21 until July, Njoku should develop into a monster down the seam for Cleveland. The New Jersey kid has a thick frame, great explosiveness, good hands, and shows strong potential as a blocker, which would help him stay on the field. Njoku did a lot of damage after the catch for the Hurricanes, and his physicality and athleticism bode well for his NFL prospects. He could face a significant learning curve as a rookie, but Njoku’s dynasty prospects are as bright as anyone’s. He might step right in as the starting tight end for Cleveland.

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