David Njoku will still just be 25 years old when the 2021 season starts, so there's still reason to believe the phenomenal athlete could break out. But as long as he's sharing with Austin Hooper and Harrison Bryant, there's no reason to draft Njoku in any redraft league. Njoku remains a decent stash in deep Dynasty leagues.
Njoku had no comment when asked if the Browns are the right team for him, Nate Ulrich of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. When asked that question Friday on the Jim Rome Show, Njoku avoided the topic. "I'm not going to answer that right now," said the tight end. "I have no comment towards that at this moment." Njoku has one year remaining on his contract, but his role was diminished significantly in 2020 after Cleveland added Austin Hooper and Harrison Bryant during the offseason prior to the season. That was something he foresaw last July, when he and his agent requested a trade (which was later rescinded). Of the three tight ends, Njoku logged the lowest share of offensive snaps (33.9 percent), behind Hooper (59.5 percent) and Bryant (55.6 percent).
Njoku caught four of five targets for 59 yards in Sunday's 22-17 playoff loss to the Chiefs. Njoku rarely got this kind of usage during the regular season when Cleveland's top three tight ends were available, so his activity against Kansas City was a surprise. He caught 19 passes for 213 yards and two touchdowns over 13 games, well off a breakout 2018 when he had 56-239-4. Njoku has one year remaining on his contract, but he yearns for a bigger role like he had 2018. Austin Hooper is the clear leader at the position for Cleveland, so Njoku will have to accept a similar role in 2021, sharing snaps with Harrison Bryant behind Hooper in an offense that uses multiple tight ends often.
Njoku (hamstring) is listed as active Sunday at Kansas City, Andrew Gribble of the Browns' official site reports. Njoku managed just one limited practice this week (Friday), but it was enough to allow him to play through a hamstring injury. The Browns will roll with Austin Hooper for a majority of the offensive snaps Sunday, with Njoku and rookie fourth-round pick Harrison Bryant the options to take the field in two-TE sets. Njoku put up a measly 19-213-2 line on 29 targets during 13 regular-season appearances.
Njoku (hamstring), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's divisional-round game against the Chiefs, is expected to play, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Confirmation on Njoku's availability is expected to arrive around 1:35 p.m. ET, when the Browns are slated to release their inactive list 90 minutes in advance of the game's kickoff. The Browns have consistently made use of three tight ends this season, but Njoku and Harrison Bryant both took a back seat to No. 1 option Austin Hooper in the wild-card win over the Steelers. Hooper played 90 percent of the offensive snaps in the victory and tallied seven receptions for 46 yards and a touchdown on 11 targets, while Bryant and Njoku combined for one target and played 33 and 31 percent of the snaps, respectively.
Njoku (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday's divisional-round playoff game against Kansas City, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports. Njoku, who logged back-to-back DNPs Wednesday and Thursday, returned to a limited session Friday, which gives him a chance to suit up this weekend. However, with Austin Hooper clearly the Browns' top pass-catching tight end and Harrison Bryant also in the mix, Njoku isn't a high-percentage fantasy option these days.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/12||@Kansas City Chiefs||30||9.68|
|5||10/10||@Los Angeles Chargers||22||7.88|
|10||11/14||@New England Patriots||6||6.13|
|15||12/19||Las Vegas Raiders||15||7.13|
|16||12/25||@Green Bay Packers||5||5.78|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||42||27||298||2||14||11.04||41|