CJ Uzomah

Cincinnati Bengals
Tight End #87
Cincinnati Bengals
Tight End #87

CJ Uzomah News

Cleared from Achilles tear

Uzomah (Achilles) told the London Is Blue podcast that he's been medically cleared, Adi Joseph of CBS Sports reports.

Analysis: Not that we're keeping track, but this has to be the first time an NFL player has dropped injury news on a Chelsea FC podcast. Uzomah apparently made a quick recovery from the Achilles tear he suffered Week 2, declaring himself healthy just seven months later. The Bengals may still opt to ease him into practices this spring/summer, but it sounds like Uzomah should be ready to challenge Drew Sample for playing time. Of course, the Bengals could add a rookie to their TE mix during the 20201 NFL Draft, potentially giving Sample and Uzomah some tougher competition.

Apr 14, 2021 7:06 AM EST

Resumes running

Uzomah (Achilles) posted a video Wednesday on his personal Twitter account featuring him running on a treadmill.

Analysis: Uzomah wasn't sporting a brace while he ran on the treadmill, an encouraging sign in his recovery from the season-ending Achilles surgery he required in late September. The tight end will likely remain limited or sidelined entirely for OTAs in the spring, but he could have a shot at gaining full clearance for the start of training camp. He'll be entering the final season of a three-year, $18 million deal in 2021, but even if healthy, Uzomah may not be assured a starting role. Second-year player Drew Sample showed some promise as a blocker and pass catcher (40 receptions for 349 yards and a touchdown) after Uzomah went down with the injury, and the Bengals could still bring in additional competition at the position through the draft or free agency this offseason.

Jan 6, 2021 8:34 AM EST

Goes under knife

Uzomah has undergone surgery to address his season-ending Achilles injury, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Uzomah will miss the remainder of the season due to a torn right Achilles suffered Week 2. He'll now turn his focus toward getting healthy for 2021. The Bengals will rely on Drew Sample to draw the start at tight end in Uzomah's stead, with Cethan Carter and Mason Schreck filling in as depth options.

Sep 23, 2020 10:50 AM EST

Lands on IR

Uzomah (Achilles) has been placed on IR by the Bengals.

Analysis: Uzomah tore his right Achilles in Thursday's loss to the Browns and he's out for the season. As a result, Drew Sample figures to step into the starting role at tight end for the Bengals, with Cethan Carter and Mason Schreck in reserve.

Sep 18, 2020 3:26 PM EST

Out with torn Achilles

Coach Zac Taylor said Uzomah suffered a torn Achilles and is out of the season, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The 27-year-old was carted off the field after suffering the injury during Thursday's loss to the Browns, and his season will come to an end after only two games. Uzomah was off to a strong start this season with eight catches for 87 yards and one touchdown. Drew Sample figures to step into the starting role at tight end for the Bengals, with Cethan Carter the only other tight end on the roster.

Sep 18, 2020 8:27 AM EST

Suffers Achilles injury Thursday

Uzomah has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Browns due to a right Achilles injury, Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site reports.

Analysis: Uzomah was carted off the field in the fourth quarter and never appeared to have a real chance to return, so Cincinnati's decision to rule him out isn't necessarily an indication of the severity of his injury. However, Achilles injuries are always worrying by nature. Uzomah logged four catches for 42 yards and a touchdown before leaving the field Thursday.

Sep 17, 2020 8:24 PM EST

Leaves field on cart

Uzomah exited Thursday's divisional match against the Browns due to an apparent knee injury, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Uzomah was injured while making a grab in the fourth quarter, and he quickly clutched his right knee and removed his helmet. The 27-year-old then had to be carted off the field. In Uzomah's stead, Drew Sample will draw the start at tight end.

Sep 17, 2020 8:15 PM EST

Garners five targets in Week 1

Uzomah caught four of five targets for 45 yards in Sunday's 16-13 loss to the Chargers.

Analysis: Uzomah recorded more than 45 yards in a game just twice last season, as he mostly played second fiddle to the Tyler Eifert. With Eifert in Jacksonville now, Uzomah is the clear No. 1 TE and played 72 percent of the offensive snaps Sunday -- a percentage he surpassed only in Week 17 last year. Still, Uzomah's at best the fourth-best target for rookie QB Jow Burrow behind A.J. Green, Tyler Boyd and Joe Mixon, so he's not a very dependable fantasy asset.

Sep 14, 2020 2:59 PM EST

Back-to-back touchdown weeks

Uzomah finished the season with a second consecutive strong performance, catching five passes for 25 yards and a touchdown in Week 17 against the Browns. He was on the field for 53 offensive snaps, good for a 77% snap share.

Analysis: Uzomah was asked to handle more of the blocking duties between the Bengals top two tight ends, and with them protecting a lead against the Browns for most of their season finale, he was on the field far more often than Tyler Eifert. Eifert is a free agent this offseason, so it's possible that Uzomah will be free to improve upon his 2019 production, which saw him at 27 catches for 242 yards and two touchdowns.

Jan 20, 2020 7:47 PM EST

First 2019 touchdown

Uzomah scored for the first time this season and had four catches for 37 yards overall in the Bengals' loss to Miami.

Analysis: Uzomah still can't be relied upon to get a steady stream of targets, but the Bengals have gotten better work from their offensive line lately, which has allowed Uzomah to get more targets in the passing game.

Dec 24, 2019 9:25 AM EST

Held to one catch

Uzomah had just one catch for eight yards on two targets in Sunday's loss to the Pats.

Analysis: If you're still concerned about Uzomah's production by this point, you must be playing in some best ball type of format. It had to be especially aggravating to see third-string tight end Cethan Carter score instead of Uzomah.

Dec 17, 2019 10:12 AM EST

Minimal offensive action

Uzomah had only one catch for four yards on two targets in Sunday's loss to the Browns.

Analysis: After a rare outburst in the passing game last week, Uzomah retreated back to blocking duties this week, despite being on the field for 45 offensive snaps.

Dec 10, 2019 10:11 AM EST

Drops sure TD

Uzomah caught five of six targets for 51 yards in Sunday's 22-6 win over the Jets.

Analysis: Uzomah's lone missed connection with Andy Dalton was more memorable than any of his catches, as the tight end dropped what would have been a sure touchdown on a third down in close. Despite that drop, Uzomah still set a season high in catches and recorded his highest yardage total since Week 1. The tight end still hasn't found the end zone this season.

Dec 1, 2019 3:14 PM EST

Shut out again

Uzomah was held without a catch and had just one target in Sunday's loss to the Steelers.

Analysis: About the only hope for Uzomah is that he's on the field more often than Tyler Eifert in terms of snaps, but all too often his role is to block. He's had just one target inside the 10-yard line all season.

Nov 25, 2019 7:13 PM EST

Minimal output

Uzomah had two catches for five yards in Sunday's loss to the Raiders.

Analysis: After catching four passes for 66 yards in the season opener, Uzomah hasn't matched that yard total with the rest of his games combined in the ensuing nine games, with just seven catches for 51 yards since then.

Nov 19, 2019 6:56 AM EST

Snags two passes in loss

Uzomah caught two of three targets for 26 total yards during Sunday's 23-17 loss to Baltimore.

Analysis: Uzomah made his biggest mark early in the second quarter, taking a pass over the middle and barreling ahead for 22 yards. Uzomah has caught multiple passes in back-to-back games after being catchless in the prior three contests. He's unlikely to see many passes, so Uzomah's value depends on big plays with 53.7 percent of his 108 yards on the season coming on just two plays. He'll have a shot to make a play or two downfield against a Jaguars pass defense that is 25th in the league in opponent receiving yards per catch at 12.3 and just traded away Jalen Ramsey.

Oct 15, 2019 9:59 PM EST

Snags two passes

Uzomah snagged a pair of eight-yard completions during Sunday's 26-23 loss to Arizona.

Analysis: It's not much, but 16 total yards is progress for Uzomah, who had been held catchless since his 66-yard season debut in Week 1. That rough stretch came against a couple of tough pass defenses, including Buffalo and Pittsburgh. Uzomah turned the corner a little against Arizona's 25th-ranked pass defense and now follows with a matchup against Baltimore's 27th-rated unit. He probably won't put enough together to warrant fantasy consideration, but at least the catchless outings should be held at bay.

Oct 8, 2019 4:25 PM EST

Continues slide

Uzomah did not haul in his only target during Sunday's 27-3 loss to the Steelers.

Analysis: Uzomah continues to struggle to find his groove after a four-catch, 66-yard debut in Week 1. He hasn't caught a pass since as the Bengals have scored just 37 points over the past three games. The Bengals are going up against a Cardinals defense in Week 5 that has had bad luck against tight ends this season, but the Bengals offense is probably not something you want to hitch your wagon to at this point.

Oct 1, 2019 9:08 PM EST

Shut out again

Uzomah was held without a catch for the second week in a row in Sunday's loss to the Bills.

Analysis: Unlike last week, at least Uzomah was targeted ... albeit only once among his 28 offensive snaps. Tyler Eifert has clearly surpassed on the priority list in the Bengals passing game.

Sep 23, 2019 11:40 PM EST

Cleared to play

Uzomah (foot) does not carry an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Bills, Tyler Dragon of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Analysis: Uzomah's clearance to play in Week 3 was foreshadowed by his full practice participation Thursday. Though he started this past Sunday's loss to the 49ers, Uzomah was not targeted while seeing action on 42 offensive snaps. The tight end did catch four of his five targets in Week 1 for 66 yards, but he's going to be a hit-or-miss fantasy option, as long as Tyler Eifert and Drew Sample are around to garner looks in the Bengals offense.

Sep 20, 2019 10:29 AM EST

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