CJ Uzomah

CJ Uzomah

Tight End #87
Team: Cincinnati Bengals
Ht / Wt:6'4" / 264 lb.
College:Auburn
Age:27
Born:January 14, 1993
Drafted:2015 / Rd. 5 (157)
Draft Team:CIN

CJ Uzomah: 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.

January 20, 2020 7:47 PM EST

CJ Uzomah: 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.

December 24, 2019 9:25 AM EST

CJ Uzomah: 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.

December 17, 2019 10:12 AM EST

CJ Uzomah: 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.

December 10, 2019 10:11 AM EST

CJ Uzomah: 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.

December 1, 2019 3:14 PM EST

CJ Uzomah: 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.

November 25, 2019 7:13 PM EST

CJ Uzomah: 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.

November 19, 2019 6:56 AM EST

CJ Uzomah: 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.

October 15, 2019 9:59 PM EST

CJ Uzomah: 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.

October 8, 2019 4:25 PM EST

CJ Uzomah: 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.

October 1, 2019 9:08 PM EST

CJ Uzomah: 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.

September 23, 2019 11:40 PM EST

CJ Uzomah: 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.

September 20, 2019 10:29 AM EST

CJ Uzomah: Limited Wednesday

Uzomah was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice due to a foot injury, Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site reports.

Analysis: The details of Uzomah's foot injury remain undisclosed, but it's a positive sign that he wasn't held out of Wednesday's practice entirely. If the fifth-year tight end is able to ramp up his practice participation Thursday and Friday he'll improve his chances of suiting up Week 3 against the Bills. Uzomah was utilized mostly as a blocker Week 2, and could reprise a similar role Sunday in Buffalo due to the Bengals' offensive line woes.

September 18, 2019 2:03 PM EST

CJ Uzomah: Shut out

A week after getting four catches for 66 yards, Uzomah wasn't even targeted once in Sunday's loss to the Niners.

Analysis: Uzomah in a way was a casualty of the Bengals' offensive line woes. On many occasions he was called upon to stay in and block - and once got beat pretty badly on an Andy Dalton sack. These are the duties that Tyler Eifert is rarely asked to do.

September 16, 2019 11:16 AM EST

CJ Uzomah: Active in passing game

Uzomah had four catches on five targets for 66 yards in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks, outproducing teammate Tyler Eifert in terms of yards.

Analysis: Uzomah was on the field for 54 offensive snaps, compared to just 38 for Eifert. The Bengals used more plays with two tight ends in the lineup than many expected in the opener, but threw out of those formations, which is encouraging for Uzomah.

September 9, 2019 11:23 PM EST

CJ Uzomah: Connects with Dalton

Uzomah caught both of his targets for 54 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's preseason loss to the Giants.

Analysis: The Bengals opened in a two-TE formation with both Uzomah and Tyler Eifert on the field. It was the former who unexpectedly stood out in the passing game, gaining 28 yards on the very first snap before hauling in a 26-yard touchdown at the end of the opening quarter. Eifert is still the one with pass-catching upside, but Uzomah is far more durable and could get more snaps because of his competent blocking. The Bengals' sketchy situation at wide receiver could inspire heavy usage of tight ends in September.

August 23, 2019 9:13 AM EST

CJ Uzomah: Only one catch

Uzomah hauled in his lone target for one yard in the Bengals' second preseason game against the Redskins on Thursday.

Analysis: Uzomah caught a pass from Andy Dalton on the first play of the game. Unfortunately for him, his biggest contributions of the game came later in the drive when he was called for holding on two separate occasions. While currently considered the starter at tight end, Uzomah will be pushed by pass-catching tight end Tyler Eifert and Drew Sample, a strong blocker who was selected in the second round of the 2019 draft. However, given Eifert's lengthy injury history, Uzomah could contribute as a receiver at points this season.

August 15, 2019 9:24 PM EST

CJ Uzomah: Facing competition for snaps

Uzomah is joined by Tyler Eifert and second-round pick Drew Sample at tight end, ESPN.com's Katherine Terrell reports.

Analysis: Uzomah re-signed with Cincinnati on a three-year, $18.3 million contract, though the team can escape after one season and $6.25 million if he's released before the third day of the 2020 league year, per overthecap.com. The Bengals signed Eifert to a one-year, $5.5 million deal shortly thereafter, then picked up Sample at No. 52 overall in the 2019 NFL Draft. The result is a three-way competition for playing time, but there's still a decent chance for Uzomah to draw regular targets at some point this upcoming season, considering the rookie mostly is valued for his blocking -- he had just 46 catches during his college career -- and Eifert hasn't played more than eight games in a season since 2015. Uzomah's career marks of 9.7 yards per catch and 6.5 yards per target hint at limited upside even if he eventually finds his way into a three-down role again.

June 18, 2019 5:24 AM EST

CJ Uzomah: Signs three-year extension

Uzomah has signed a three-year deal to remain with the Bengals, worth more than $18 million, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: It's quite a nice payout for Uzomah, who caught 43 passes for 439 yards and three TDs in his fourth NFL season. Given the lucrative terms of his new deal, it's clear that the Bengals view Uzomah as a big part of their offense for the next few years. Meanwhile, fellow tight ends Tyler Eifert and Tyler Kroft are set to become unrestricted free agents Wednesday.

March 11, 2019 12:33 PM EST

CJ Uzomah: Limited to one catch

Uzomah was held to one catch for six yards on his only target in Sunday's loss to the Steelers.

Analysis: Uzomah ends the season with 44 catches for 445 yards and three touchdowns. He took over when Tyler Eifert and then Tyler Kroft got hurt, but then his potential to produce more got crushed after Andy Dalton got hurt. It's uncertain what the Bengals plan to do with Eifert this offseason, which obviously impacts Uzomah.

December 30, 2018 10:40 PM EST

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