CJ Uzomah

New York Jets
Tight End #87
New York Jets
Tight End #87

CJ Uzomah News

Joined by Conklin in NY

Uzomah will compete for playing time with fellow tight end Jack Conklin, whom the Jets officially signed to a contract Friday.

Analysis: Uzomah and Conklin both topped the tight end depth charts for their respective teams in 2021, with the former racking up 493 yards and five touchdowns with the Bengals and the latter totaling 593 yards and three touchdowns with the Vikings. There should be plenty of snaps to go around for both of the Jets' new tight ends in 2022, as offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur likes to run a lot of 12 personnel with two tight ends on the field simultaneously. LaFleur's shift away from such formations in the second half of last season can be attributed to New York's lack of healthy talent at tight end, which the team hopes to have addressed with the signings of Uzomah and Conklin.

Mar 18, 2022 9:32 AM EST


Three-year deal with Jets

Uzomah (knee) is slated to sign a three-year, $24 million deal with the Jets, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Uzomah is bouncing back from an MCL sprain that he sustained during the postseason, but his pending deal with the Jets suggests that's not going to be a concern heading into the team's on-field activities. The 29-year-old is coming off a 2021 campaign in which he logged 49 catches (63 targets) for 493 yards and five touchdowns on 49 catches in 16 games for the Bengals. With the Jets, Uzomah is in line to serve as the team's top pass-catching option at tight end, a role that could yield fantasy utility in 2022 should the 6-foot-6, 260-pounder click well with second-year signal-caller Zach Wilson.

Mar 14, 2022 4:13 PM EST



Needs another MRI

Coach Zac Taylor said Wednesday that Uzomah (knee) is scheduled to undergo another MRI, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports.

Analysis: Uzomah was able to play through his left MCL sprain and suit up for Super Bowl LVI, and he secured both his targets for 11 yards in the 23-20 loss to the Rams. The 29-year-old is coming off a career year, having racked up 493 yards and five touchdowns on 49 catches in the regular season, but the severity of his injury is worth keeping an eye on. Uzomah is set to become an unrestricted free agent at the start of the new league year mid-March.

Feb 16, 2022 7:29 AM EST


Two catches in Super Bowl

Uzomah (knee) caught both his targets for 11 yards during Sunday's 23-20 loss to the Rams in Super Bowl LVI.

Analysis: Uzomah suited up for the Super Bowl despite suffering a sprained MCL during the AFC Championship Game two weeks prior, and he still operated as Cincinnati's No. 1 tight end. However, he was unable to replicate his success from the first two rounds of the playoffs, when he totaled 13 receptions for 135 yards and one touchdown. The 29-year-old set career highs across the board during the regular season in 2021 with 49 catches for 493 yards and five touchdowns in 16 games, and he's scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent at the start of the new league year in March.

Feb 14, 2022 2:44 PM EST


Suiting up for Super Bowl

Uzomah (knee) is listed as active for Super Bowl LVI against the Rams on Sunday, Charlie Goldsmith of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Analysis: Since suffering an MCL sprain in the AFC Championship Game back on Jan. 30, Uzomah was held out of practice entirely during the first week of Super Bowl prep, only to manage a limited session this past Thursday before upgrading to full Friday. Despite entering the weekend as questionable to play Sunday, both the tight end and coach Zac Taylor expressed optimism along the way that Uzomah would be available. Indeed, after taking part in pregame warmups -- per Goldsmith -- Uzomah will suit up in the biggest contest of the Bengals' campaign. In 19 appearances (including playoffs) this season, Uzomah averaged 4.2 targets per game en route to a 62-628-6 stat line.

Feb 13, 2022 2:03 PM EST



Listed as questionable, should play

Uzomah (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's Super Bowl against the Rams, though he was a full practice participant Friday, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports.

Analysis: Uzomah is the lone Bengal with a game designation on the final injury report, and coach Zac Taylor said Friday that he expects the tight end to play, per Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com. Should Uzomah deal with a late setback or have his role scaled back on account of the MCL sprain, Drew Sample would be next in line for snaps and targets at tight end. If Uzomah plays, as expected, the Bengals' inactive list will solely consist of healthy scratches ahead of the 6:30 ET kickoff Sunday evening.

Feb 11, 2022 12:53 PM EST


Expected to practice again

Uzomah (knee) is expected to participate in Friday's practice and is trending toward playing in Sunday's Super Bowl against the Rams, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Uzomah returned to practice Thursday for the first time since spraining his left MCL in the AFC Championship game back on Jan. 30 and in the process was listed as a limited participant by the Bengals. Friday's session is slated to be lighter than Thursday's practice, but as long as the tight end avoids any setbacks he appears to be moving in the right direction in advance of Sunday's context. However, at this stage it seems likely that Uzomah will head into the weekend officially listed as questionable by Cincinnati.

Feb 11, 2022 10:22 AM EST


Back at practice

Uzomah (knee) returned to a limited practice Thursday, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Uzomah's limited session Thursday marked the first time he's been able to practice since spraining his left MCL in the AFC Championship game back on Jan. 30. For his part, coach Zac Taylor previously relayed that Uzomah will continue to be evaluated throughout the week, and it seems likely that the Bengals' top tight end -- who logged a 49/493/5 stat line in 16 regular-season games -- will approach Sunday's Super Bowl against the Rams officially listed as questionable.

Feb 10, 2022 3:18 PM EST


Not practicing, still optimistic

Uzomah (knee) won't practice Wednesday, but Bengals coach Zac Taylor said he's still optimistic the tight end will be ready for the Super Bowl, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Uzomah did rehab work over the weekend and said Monday that he anticipates playing in the Super Bowl, but this will be his fourth DNP in four opportunities when it comes to the official injury report. He'll have two more chances to participate, Thursday and Friday, before the Bengals release their final injury report for the big game. If Uzomah is unavailable, Drew Sample likely will find himself in a three-down role at tight end, same as in the AFC Championship Game against Kansas City.

Feb 9, 2022 1:05 PM EST


Expects to play in Super Bowl

Uzomah (knee) considers himself day-to-day and said Monday that he plans to play in the Super Bowl, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Uzomah suffered an MCL sprain in the first half of the AFC Championship Game, leaving backup tight end Drew Sample in a three-down role for the remainder of the contest. The week off between conference championship games and the Super Bowl helps, but there's still no guarantee of Uzomah being ready by Sunday, even after his confident statement Monday morning. He was held out of practice last week, eventually progressing to rehab work on the side over the weekend. A return to practice this week would be a big step in the right direction.

Feb 7, 2022 7:48 AM EST


Gets in rehab work

Uzomah (knee) had his first rehab day of the week on the side of Saturday's practice, Charlie Goldsmith of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Analysis: Uzomah worked with trainer Nick Cosgray by using the stationary bike, resistance bands, as well as running and kicking in the air. It is a good sign for the Bengals' No. 1 tight end, as it is his first real work since suffering an MCL sprain in the AFC Championship game. It remains to be seen if he can make enough progress to suit up for the Super Bowl, but Saturday's work out is a step in the right direction.

Feb 5, 2022 11:38 AM EST


Misses practice again

Uzomah (knee) didn't practice Friday, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: It would've been a major surprise if Uzomah had practiced this week, after suffering an MCL sprain in the AFC Championship Game. The Bengals hope he can make it back for the Super Bowl, but that's far from a guarantee. A return to practice next week would be a big step in the right direction.

Feb 4, 2022 1:10 PM EST


Misses practice Thursday

Uzomah (knee) didn't practice Thursday.

Analysis: The tight end was the only player on Cincinnati's active roster to log a DNP on Thursday, but Uzomah, who is dealing with a knee injury that he sustained this past Sunday, does at least have some added healing time with his team's Super Bowl matchup against the Rams not until Feb. 13. Next up for reps at Uzomah's position in his absence from practice is the Bengals' No. 2 TE, Drew Sample.

Feb 3, 2022 2:41 PM EST


Listed as DNP on practice estimate

Uzomah (knee) was listed as a non-participant on Wednesday's practice estimate, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Per Ben Baby of ESPN.com, the tight end is thought to be dealing with a sprained MCL that he suffered during this past Sunday's AFC Championship Game. With the Super Bowl not until Feb. 13, however, Uzomah is afforded some added healing time, with added clarity regarding his status for the contest likely to arrive during the Bengals' practice sessions next week.

Feb 2, 2022 1:40 PM EST


Appears to have sprained MCL

Coach Zac Taylor said Monday that Uzomah appears to have suffered a sprained MCL during Sunday's AFC Championship Game against Kansas City, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Uzomah was unable to return to Sunday's matchup after sustaining a left knee injury in the first quarter. Although Taylor called the early diagnosis "encouraging," it's not yet clear whether the tight end will be available for the Super Bowl on Feb. 13. If he's unable to suit up against the Rams, Drew Sample and Mitchell Wilcox should handle increased workloads for Cincinnati.

Jan 31, 2022 10:07 AM EST


Ruled out of Sunday's game

Uzomah won't return to Sunday's AFC Championship Game at Kansas City due to a left knee injury.

Analysis: Uzomah couldn't put much weight on his left leg prior to being carted to the locker room in the first quarter. Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Uzomah may have suffered an MCL sprain, so his availability for the Super Bowl -- if the Bengals pull out a win Sunday -- would be up in the air.

Jan 30, 2022 1:58 PM EST


Suffers knee injury Sunday

Uzomah was forced out of Sunday's AFC Championship Game against Kansas City after suffering a left knee injury, Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site reports.

Analysis: Prior to his first-quarter exit from the contest, Uzomah -- who was carted to the locker room -- did not catch either of his two targets. In his absence, Drew Sample and Mitchell Wilcox are next up for the Bengals' tight end snaps.

Jan 30, 2022 12:42 PM EST


Another strong performance

Uzomah recorded seven receptions on eight targets for 71 yards in Saturday's 19-16 divisional-round win over the Titans.

Analysis: Uzomah tied for the team lead in receptions and finished third in receiving yards. While his 32-yard reception before halftime was meaningless in terms of the final outcome of the game, Uzomah regularly served as a checkdown option for Joe Burrow to keep the offense moving efficiently in between explosive gains. Despite tallying only 39 catches across 16 games in the regular season, Uzomah has combined to record 13 receptions for 135 yards in two postseason contests.

Jan 22, 2022 7:49 PM EST


Strong playoff effort

Uzomah caught six passes for 64 yards and one touchdown on six targets against Las Vegas on Saturday.

Analysis: Uzomah came through with big fantasy production even against a Raiders defense with an imposing edge rush, proving he can post numbers even when he might otherwise seem at risk of an increased blocking assignment. Uzomah is a big, athletic player in one of the league's most productive passing games, so he should continue to have games like this on occasion, particularly when one of Ja'Marr Chase or Tee Higgins see a lag in their production. Higgins was unusually quiet in this one (one 10-yard catch on four targets), affording more room for Uzomah to draw targets.

Jan 15, 2022 6:11 PM EST


Does not play in Week 18

Uzomah failed to record a single snap in Sunday's 21-16 loss to the Browns.

Analysis: Uzomah was active for the Bengals' Week 18 matchup against the Browns, but the coaching staff decided to hold him out. Instead, fellow tight ends Mitchell Wilcox and Drew Sample filled in at the position. Uzomah finished the regular season with 49 catches for 493 yards and five touchdowns. His five scores marks his highest total for a season, but those five trips to the end zone came from just three games early in the season. Outside of those games, the veteran's production was underwhelming for fantasy purposes. This isn't all that surprising considering the personnel that surrounds him in the Bengals' extremely talented offense. Wideouts Ja'Marr Chase, Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd are all above him in the pecking order for targets. The 28-year-old will enter the 2022 offseason as an unrestricted free agent, so his path to an increase in touches could come if he is signed by a team in need of pass catchers. With that said, Uzomah and the Bengals will host the Raiders in the first round of the playoffs. The 6-foot-6, 260-pounder will be difficult to trust for any notable production, even in a favorable matchup for tight ends.

Jan 12, 2022 8:19 AM EST


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