College: Miami (FL) | 4 years
Height: 6'4" | Weight: 246 lbs
Birth Date: 7/10/1996
2020 Bye Week: 9
Total Pts: 6
Avg Pts: 0.38
Rank: 64 TE
A broken wrist sidelined Njoku much of last season but he also was a healthy scratch late in the year, falling out of favor with the coaching staff. He was a bust, catching five passes for 41 yards in four games. It was a big downturn in production after having 56 receptions the previous year. A new coaching staff is in place for Njoku, which is a positive, but the addition of Austin Hooper is a huge negative for Njoku. He will move to a backup role now with Hooper on board. Njoku has great size, speed and strength for the position. He can get downfield in a hurry and turn a short pass into a big play. Njoku also is a willing blocker but not super polished in that area. He will struggle with drops at times and isn't the best route runner at this stage of his career.
FANTASY OUTLOOK: Njoku is likely going to be a touchdown dependent player this year with Hooper getting most of the receptions at tight end. Don't expect much from Njoku, making him a reach for fantasy teams. He could get around 25 receptions for 300 yards and a few scores.
David Njoku was a popular breakout candidate heading into 2019 after he posted 56 catches for 639 yards and four touchdowns in his second season in the NFL. But instead, Njoku was hurt early last year and only played in four games (one start) while catching five passes for 41 yards and a score. It didn't help that he found his way into ex-head coach Freddie Kitchens' doghouse when he returned from his injury. Cleveland picked up the former first-rounder's fifth-year option, but they also signed Austin Hooper and drafted Harrison Bryant. While Njoku could still be utilized in two-tight end sets alongside Hooper in Kevin Stefanski's tight end-friendly system, a change of scenery would probably be best for his fantasy value heading into 2020. At best, the 23-year-old will be a low-end TE2 flier in deeper leagues, but he's unlikely to be rostered in standard-size leagues unless Hooper gets injured.
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Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku demanded a trade from the team several days ago but the team may not be so quick to accommodate him. ESPN's Josina Anderson tweeted on Monday that she believes that Njoku is still a big part of the Browns' plans going forward. Anderson went on to state that the Chicago Bears have been monitoring the situation, signaling that they may be a potential trade partner if Njoku is moved. The Browns signed Austin Hooper earlier in the offseason, prompting Njoku to want out of town.
Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku remains a big part of the Browns' offense, but a source said that Njoku has wanted out.
Fantasy Spin: Njoku is coming off of a lost season, and now he has Austin Hooper in town fresh off of a career year. So Njoku is blocked to a degree, but he might be a lottery ticket TE2 late in drafts.
Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku demanded a trade on Friday, per his agent, Drew Rosenhaus. Soon after, reports surfaced that the Dallas Cowboys were a "potential suitor" for Njoku. "That," one source said Friday as the news broke, "sounds like an agent creation." The Cowboys made a commitment to Blake Jarwin and also signed blocking tight end Blake Bell. They also have Dalton Schultz on the roster, which means Njoku wouldn't necessarily represent an upgrade. The Browns could be asking for a first-rounder in return. All of the Njoku rumors to Dallas were new to the Cowboys. Njoku is blocked by Austin Hooper in Cleveland and is looking for a team that can give him the targets he desires. That probably wouldn't happen in Dallas, but Njoku could become a TE2 with upside if he's traded and lands in the right situation.
Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku is not receiving any trade interest from Dallas Cowboys, according to sources.
Fantasy Spin: The Cowboys had been mentioned as a possible option for Njoku, but it appears like they will stick with Blake Jarwin as their starting tight end. Jarwin could be a No. 2 tight end in fantasy leagues.
Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku could be a trade target for the Dallas Cowboys if they Browns decide to move him, according to a source.
Fantasy Spin: Blake Jarwin is on track to be the starting tight end for the Cowboys, but they do not have much depth at the position. Njoku may have the opportunity to compete for the starting job if he joins the Cowboys. Njoku has a chance to be a low-end No. 1 tight end if he was part of Dallas' passing game.
Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku has asked for a trade, but the Browns do not want to trade Njoku at this time, according to a source.
Fantasy Spin: The Browns have Austin Hooper, but Njoku can also be a target in the passing game if he remains with the team. Fantasy players should monitor the situation over the next few weeks to see where Njoku will play in 2020. He probably would be a No. 2 fantasy tight end if he remains with the Browns.
Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku has asked the team to trade him and hopes for a trade before the start of training camp. The Browns have told Njoku they would like to keep him, but agent Drew Rosenhaus said Njoku is intent on a trade.
Fantasy Spin: The Browns added Austin Hooper this offseason, so Njoku likely will be looking to start for another team. He has played well at times during his career but was limited to only four games and 41 yards in 2019. He probably should be considered a No. 2 tight end at this time but could be a low-end No. 1 tight end depending on his new team.
According to a tweet by ESPN's Adam Schefter, Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku has demanded that the team trade him before training camp. The Browns responded by telling Njoku that they would like to keep him but Njoku is "intent" on being moved to another team. Njoku's request is most likely as a result of Cleveland signing tight end Austin Hooper to a large contract his offseason to be their starter. Drew Rosenhaus, Njoku's agent, stated that "it is in David's best interest to find a new team at this time." If Njoku is moved, his fantasy value would be mostly dependent on his new team. That would also represent a playing time bump for rookie Harrison Bryant. Bryant was the Browns' fourth-round draft pick in April's draft.
Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku has been impressive during the offseason meetings and will have a clean slate with the new coaching staff, according to offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt.
Fantasy Spin: The Browns added Austin Hooper this offseason, but Njoku could still have a role in the passing game. Fantasy players should monitor his progress during training camp, but he probably is only a low-end No. 2 tight end at this point.
Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt told reporters on Wednesday that he expects a big bounce-back season from tight end David Njoku in 2020. Van Pelt elaborated by stating that Njoku has been great during meetings in the team's virtual program this offseason. Njoku fell out of favor with former head coach Freddie Kitchens in 2019 while also missing most of the season with a fractured wrist. The athletic tight end has also struggled with inconsistency and drops during his three-year career but he can still be a difference-maker at the position if he's able to put it all together. That being said, he will have to fight for targets in a crowded tight end corps that includes top free-agent signing Austin Hooper.
Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku said recently he's excited about starting a new season and moving past a 2019 campaign in which both he and the team fell well short of expectations. 'That's what I'm most excited about, just the opportunity,' Njoku said. 'Obviously, this past year wasn't (what) we all planned or had in mind, but it's a great learning experience. I'm very excited to come back with my teammates and give it all we got.'
Fantasy Spin: Njoku, the 29th overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft, totaled just five receptions, 41 yards and one touchdown across four games amid an injury-riddled 2019 season. He posted career-highs of 56 receptions and 639 yards in 2018. He'll enter the 2020 season second on the depth chart behind free-agent addition Austin Hooper and is unlikely to have much value in redraft leagues, barring injury. He is still worth hanging onto in dynasty leagues in hopes he can land a No. 1 role next year.
Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield is leading workouts with several teammates in his hometown of Austin, Texas. TE David Njoku and WRs Rashard Higgins and Damion Ratley have been among those present.
Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku had his fifth-year option exercised Monday, April 27, according to a source.
Fantasy Spin: The Browns added Austin Hooper and Harrison Bryant this offseason, so Njoku's role in the offense is uncertain at this point. Fantasy players can keep an eye on his situation during training camp, but he is not more than a No. 2 tight end in deeper leagues.
The Cleveland Browns will pick up the fifth-year options of both tight end David Njoku and defensive end Myles Garrett, according to a league source. Both players were 2017 first-round draft picks of the team. Garrett has developed into one of the top pass rushers in the league, making his fifth-year pick up a no-brainer but there was some question as to whether Cleveland would do the same for Njoku. Njoku struggled through injury and ineffective play in 2019 while also finding himself in the dog house of former head coach Freddie Kitchens. The Browns put concerns regarding Njoku to rest on Monday, locking up the talented but inconsistent tight end through the end of the 2021 season. He should see plenty of action in 2020 as new head coach Kevin Stefanski likes to run two-tight end sets frequently.
Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku is expected to remain with the team despite the signing of TE Austin Hooper, according to ESPN's Jake Trotter.
Fantasy Spin: Injuries limited Njoku to four games in 2019, and the addition of Hooper is going to make a rebound season difficult to come by. At best, Njoku is a touchdown-dependent TE2.
Cleveland Browns general manager Andrew Berry, who was vice president of player personnel in 2017 when the team drafted tight end David Njoku in the first round, envisions a role for Njoku moving forward despite his down season in 2019. Berry implied that the team will pick up the fifth-year options on both Njoku and defensive end Myles Garrett, the first overall pick of 2017. Njoku, 23, played 16 games each in his first two seasons and had a career year in 2018 with 56 catches, 639 yards and four touchdowns. He was held to just five catches for 41 yards and a score in four games in 2019 due to injury and headbutting with former head coach Freddie Kitchens. You can get Njoku on the cheap as a TE2 with upside in 2020 drafts.
Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku is likely to have his fifth-year option picked up, according to Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal.
Fantasy Spin: Njoku had a down year in 2019, as he didn't seem to gel with former head coach Freddie Kitchens. He finished the season with just 41 yards a touchdown in four games played. A first-rounder in 2017, there's still plenty of hope for his future.
Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku 'fell out of favor' under the previous regime and is clearly losing the trust of QB Baker Mayfield, in the opinion of ESPN's Jake Trotter, who believes it possible the Browns will consider moving him if they can 'get something that can help them in return.'