CJ Uzomah

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

CJ Uzomah News

Another modest game

Uzomah had three catches for nine yards on three targets in Sunday's win over the Steelers.

Analysis: Volume has been a problem for all of the Bengals' pass-catchers the last two weeks, with the Bengals placing such a heavy emphasis on the running game. That issue is even more acute for Uzomah, who doesn't get much of a target share to begin with. He's like many tight ends in that he's touchdown-dependent for his value - Uzomah has exceeded 35 receiving yards only twice all season.

Nov 30, 2021 10:43 AM EST

Two catches against Vegas

Uzomah caught two of three targets for nine yards in Sunday's 32-13 win over the Raiders.

Analysis: The tight end didn't see much action on a day in which Joe Mixon dominated the Las Vegas front seven and what passes Joe Burrow did make mostly went to Tyler Boyd and Ja'Marr Chase. Uzomah has only topped 35 receiving yards twice all year, but both times he hit for over 90 yards and hauled in two TDs, making him a boom or bust option heading into a Week 12 clash with the Steelers.

Nov 21, 2021 7:20 PM EST

Quiet in Week 9 loss

Uzomah caught four of five targets for 24 yards in Sunday's 41-16 loss to Cleveland.

Analysis: Uzomah has caught four passes in each of the last two games, but he has just 57 yards over that span. The 28-year-old tight end doesn't see enough volume to rise above the touchdown-dependent tier of options at the position. He has found the end zone five times heading into the Bengals' Week 10 bye, which is already two more than his previous career high.

Nov 7, 2021 2:23 PM EST

Regresses in Week 8

Uzomah caught all four of his targets for 33 yards in Sunday's 34-31 loss to the Jets.

Analysis: Uzomah was held in check after compiling five touchdowns over his previous four games. The tight end had a pair of yardage outbursts north of 90 over that productive stretch but has failed to reach the 40-yard mark in any other game this season. Uzomah will remain a boom-or-bust option in Week 9 against the Browns with the Bengals looking to bounce back from this spooky Halloween loss.

Oct 31, 2021 3:24 PM EST

Incredible two-score day

Uzomah caught all three targets for 92 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 41-17 win over the Ravens.

Analysis: Uzomah celebrated the NFL's National Tight End Day in spectacular fashion, erupting for two scores which was highlighted by a 44-yard catch and run. This was the veteran tight end's second game with 90-plus yards and two scores, but he had done little else in the remaining five contests (70 yards and one score over that span). The inconsistency makes Uzomah hard to trust on a weekly basis. That being said, he does receive a decent chunk of playing time, logging at least 71 percent of offensive snaps in all games leading up to Sunday's blowout. If you're hurting at the tight end position, Uzomah could be worth a look with five scores over the last four weeks.

Oct 24, 2021 1:52 PM EST

Hits pay dirt in win

Uzomah caught all three of his targets for 15 yards and one touchdown in Sunday's 34-11 win over the Lions.

Analysis: With Sunday's score, Uzomah has now found the end zone three times this season. The 6-foot-6, 260-pounder has been boom-or-bust through six games, racking up minimal catches and yards each week outside of his Week 4 performance against the Jaguars when he recorded five catches for 95 yards and two touchdowns. Going forward, Uzomah will likely continue to be a touchdown-dependent tight end in an offense flush with talented pass catchers. Next up for the Bengals is a matchup with the Ravens in Week 7.

Oct 20, 2021 4:33 AM EST

Quiet in loss

Uzomah caught both of his targets for 16 yards in Sunday's 25-22 loss to the Packers.

Analysis: Uzomah came crashing back down to Earth on Sunday following his 95-yard, two touchdown performance in Week 4. The veteran played on 84 percent of the Bengals' offensive snaps in Week 5, a season high for the tight end. With so many mouths to feed in Cincinnati's offense, Uzomah cannot be trusted in fantasy lineups. The Bengals visit the winless Lions in Week 6.

Oct 13, 2021 2:57 AM EST

Breaks out in primetime win

Uzomah secured five of six targets for 95 yards and two touchdowns in the Bengals' 24-21 win over the Jaguars on Thursday night.

Analysis: The veteran tight end surprisingly took on a front-line role in the air attack on the night, delivering with 22- and 31-yard touchdown grabs to spearhead the Bengals' big second-half comeback. Uzomah also notched a critical 25-yard grab in Cincinnati's final drive, with his catch taking the ball down to the Jaguars' 21-yard line and laying the groundwork for Evan McPherson's game-winning 35-yard field goal. Uzomah had only four receptions for 39 yards on five targets coming into Thursday, however, so it remains to be seen whether he can come anywhere close to replicating Thursday's production in a Week 5 home showdown against the Packers a week from Sunday.

Sep 30, 2021 9:15 PM EST

Catchless in win

Uzomah failed to record a catch in Sunday's 24-10 win against the Steelers.

Analysis: Uzomah was targeted just once in the contest, but failed to secure the catch. While the veteran tight end played on a healthy 70 percent of Cincinnati's offensive snaps, he continues to be an afterthought on a team flush with talented pass catchers. Uzomah can be safely ignored for fantasy purposes going forward unless his involvement in the Bengals' offense drastically changes. Uzomah will look to turn things around Thursday in a Week 4 matchup against the Jaguars.

Sep 28, 2021 8:44 PM EST

Quiet in loss

Uzomah secured both of his targets for four yards in Sunday's 20-17 loss to the Bears.

Analysis: Uzomah played on 73 percent of the Bengals' offensive snaps in Week 2, however, the tight end has not been a big part of the game plan so far this season. The 6-foot-6, 260-pounder is operating as the team's No. 1 tight end, as his teammate Drew Sample only played on 38 precent of Cincinnati's offensive snaps in the contest without being targeted. Uzomah will likely be hard to trust in fantasy lineups this season with a crowded group of pass catchers on the field for the Bengals including Tee Higgins, Tyler Boyd, and Ja'Marr Chase. Consistent usage in the passing game will likely be hard to come by for the 28-year-old. Nontheless, Uzomah will look to get more involved in Week 3 when the Bengals visit the Steelers.

Sep 21, 2021 10:44 PM EST

Atop Bengals depth chart

Uzomah is listed ahead of Drew Sample at tight end on the Bengals' depth chart.

Analysis: Uzomah hasn't had any setbacks in camp as he has been recovering from his torn Achilles' tendon. He's more of a pass-catcher than Sample, though his target share still won't likely be all that high. Moreover, the Bengals run an "11" formation more often than most teams, meaning there won't be too many chances for both Uzomah and Sample to see the field at the same time.

Aug 11, 2021 11:18 AM EST

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

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