Uzomah had three catches for 41 yards on five targets in the Bengals' loss to the Ravens on Sunday. Even with Tyler Eifert and Tyler Kroft both on IR, Uzomah hasn't had a big-target game in recent memory. In fact, it was unheralded backup Matthew Lengel who caught a touchdown pass in the game rather than Uzomah.
Uzomah caught three of four targets for 23 yards during Sunday's 51-14 loss to New Orleans. Uzomah was unable to break away for any big plays as Cincinnati fell behind early and then by a lot Sunday. The fourth-year tight end finds himself in a Bengals offense that is not only without starting tight ends Tyler Eifert (ankle) and Tyler Kroft (foot), but also -- at least for the time being -- star receiver A.J. Green (foot). That means a bigger role for Uzomah, who has been targeted at least four times in three of his past four games, but does bring to question how good that Bengals offense will be as it has been held under 15 points twice in the past three games. Having struggled in three straight games against bottom-five pass defenses, the Bengals will line up in Week 11 against Baltimore's top-five unit, which could get ugly.
Uzomah (clavicle) was listed as a limited participant during Thursday's practice, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports. Uzomah had also been limited in Wednesday's session, so he should be a good bet to play this weekend against the Saints if he's able to put forth a full session Friday. Assuming his clavicle injury doesn't prove too much of an issue come Sunday, Uzomah will start at tight end and potentially take on increased volume in the passing game with the Bengals likely to lean on a number of players to replace the 9.5 targets per game A.J. Green (toe) has drawn this season. Green is expected to miss at least two weeks with the injury.
Uzomah (shoulder) practiced Wednesday, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports. Uzomah may end up being listed as a limited participant, but his presence for the Bengals' first official practice coming out of a bye week bodes well for his chances of playing Sunday against the Saints. His availability would be a boost to the team's passing attack, which will be tasked with making up for the absence of top wideout A.J. Green (foot).
Because Uzomah is the only remaining tight end on the Bengals that began the season on the active roster, he's no longer able to play special teams for them, despite being second on the team in tackles there last season, Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com reports. That's one of the reasons why the team's coaching staff is so excited about new addition Jordan Franks, who will give them another special teams option. While this nugget doesn't register much for fantasy players, at least directly, it does prevent one path for Uzomah to get injured or lose snaps.
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