The Browns have placed TE David Njoku on IR with a knee injury. He's out for at least the next 3 weeks. Njoku played 23% of the offensive snaps and saw 3 targets in the opener, so his absence is a slight boost for TE Austin Hooper.
Browns TE David Njoku has requested a trade, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. We're frankly surprised it took this long after Cleveland handed TE Austin Hooper a big 4-year, $44 million deal in free agency (and added Florida Atlantic TE Harrison Bryant in the 4th round of this spring's draft). Njoku's 2019 campaign was ruined by a broken wrist in September. But the former 1st-round pick turns just 24 later this month and compiled 88 catches, 1,025 yards and 8 TDs over his first 2 NFL seasons. He should garner plenty of interest on the trade market. Now might be a good time to buy Njoku in your dynasty leagues.
The Browns selected Florida Atlantic TE Harrison Bryant in the 4th round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Bryant improved his numbers each year at Florida Atlantic, culminating in a big 65-1,004-7 line in 2019. He faced lower-level competition for the most part — but he did catch 6 balls for 79 yards vs. Ohio State this past season. That game included a nice grab when lined up outside against 1st-round Lions CB Jeff Okudah. Bryant’s 3.04 yards per route run in 2019 was best among 18 of this year’s top TE prospects. He’s also considered a solid blocker. Bryant disappointed at the Combine with a 15th percentile SPARQ score but looks more athletic on tape. This is a rough landing spot, though, after Cleveland just handed TE Austin Hooper a big contract in free agency. TE David Njoku is also still on the roster, but perhaps he’s on the outs.
The Browns are set to hire Kevin Stefanski as their new HC. Stefanski has spent the past 14 seasons in Minnesota under multiple coaching staffs. He took over as interim OC late in the 2018 campaign and was named OC for 2019. The Vikings ranked 16th in total yards, 10th in yards per play and 8th in points this past year. They were the league's 3rd run-heaviest offense -- although assistant coach Gary Kubiak seemingly had a lot to do with that. We'll keep an eye on Stefanski's plans for a Browns offense loaded with talent.
Browns TE David Njoku is a healthy scratch for the 2nd straight game today. It's been a lost season for the 23-year-old.
Browns TE David Njoku is inactive for today's game against the Cardinals. It's a "coach’s decision," according to insider Mary Kay Cabot. Njoku misses a prime matchup vs. the league's worst TE defense. If you're desperate for a replacement, Demetrius Harris is the best bet among Cleveland TEs.
Browns TE David Njoku (wrist) is officially active and in the starting lineup for today's game against the Bengals. He’s just a fantasy flier in his 1st action since Week 2. But an encouraging outing today will make Njoku a strong option in next week’s dream spot against the Cardinals.
The Browns have activated TE David Njoku from IR, making him eligible to play in Sunday’s game against the Bengals. It’s an upside spot, but it’s tough to know how much action Njoku will be ready for. He’s a risk/reward fantasy play for Week 14
Browns TE David Njoku (wrist) is expected to be activated from IR and play against the Bengals this weekend. We'd try not to use him in his 1st action since Week 2. But Njoku is worth stashing for next week's matchup vs. the Cardinals' league-worst TE defense.
Browns TE David Njoku (wrist) won't play against the Steelers on Sunday. Njoku believes he's ready to go, but the coaching staff evidently isn't ready to throw him back out there yet. Fantasy owners should be hoping Njoku plays in Weeks 14 and 15 against the Bengals and Cardinals.
Browns HC Freddie Kitchens said Friday afternoon that TE David Njoku (wrist) won't play against the Dolphins this weekend. Njoku returned to practice this week but evidently isn't ready for game action yet. He remains a nice stash with an eye toward Week 14 and 15 matchups against the Bengals and Cardinals.
Browns TE David Njoku is expected to play against the Dolphins on Sunday, according to Cleveland.com's Ellis Williams. Njoku was activated from IR this week after breaking his wrist in Week 2. He posted a 4-37-1 line back in Week 1, but it's unclear how big a role he'll play in his 1st game back. It leaves Njoku as a risky Week 12 fantasy play -- although he's certainly an option at the razor-thin TE position.
Browns TE David Njoku (wrist) has been activated from IR and will practice on Wednesday, according to insider Mary Kay Cabot. Njoku is eligible to play against the Dolphins this weekend, although it's still unclear if he will. He posted a 4-37-1 line in his only full game of the season back in Week 1 and could quickly re-enter the TE1 conversation. Njoku has plus matchups in Week 14 vs. the Bengals and Week 15 vs. the Cardinals.
Browns TE David Njoku has been placed on IR with his broken wrist. That knocks him out for at least the next 8 weeks. Njoku can be dropped in fantasy leagues without an IR spot. Demetrius Harris should get the 1st shot to step in as Cleveland's lead pass-catching TE and is at least worth an add in FFPC leagues. TE Ricky Seals-Jones is also on the Browns' roster.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Browns TE David Njoku is dealing with more than just a concussion. He also suffered a wrist injury that might require surgery. Njoku is reportedly collecting medical opinions now before deciding his next step. At the least, we should expect him to miss Week 3. And you should start looking into longer-term options if Njoku is your guy.
Update: Insider Mary Kay Cabot reports that Njoku has a broken wrist. We're still waiting for a rehab timeline, but he'll miss multiple games. That leaves Demetrius Harris, who goes 6'7 and 235 pounds with 4.5 speed, as Cleveland's top TE. He's an intriguing add in deep and TE-premium fantasy leagues.
Browns TE David Njoku (concussion) didn't practice on Wednesday. With just 6 days to get cleared after Monday night's concussion, Njoku is in real danger of missing Sunday night's game against the Rams.
Browns TE David Njoku left in the 1st quarter of the game against the Jets after being upended while going up for a pass and landing on the side of his head and neck. Njoku is reportedly being evaluated or a concussion and is questionable to return. We'll confirm his status once they're done testing him.
The Browns have reached a 2-year deal with former Chiefs TE Demetrius Harris, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. That's a disappointing move for anyone hoping to get some kind of Harris breakthrough via free agency. Harris is a size-speed freak, with a 4.57-second 40 time at 6'7 and 230 pounds. But he managed just 57 total receptions over 5 seasons behind Travis Kelce. In Cleveland, he figures to remain behind David Njoku. And we're not too worried at this point about Harris lowering Njoku's fantasy ceiling. We'll see if HC Freddie Kitchens and his staff reveal anything about Harris' role.
The Browns are hiring Freddie Kitchens as their HC. Kitchens took over as Cleveland's interim OC in Week 9 of this past season and immediately turned the unit around. After averaging 21.1 points and 342 total yards over the first 8 games, the Browns averaged 23.8 points and 395 yards across the last 8. QB Baker Mayfield was especially impressive under Kitchens, completing 68% of his passes, averaging 8.6 yards per attempt and tossing 19 TDs over those 8 games. This is a big step up in responsibility for Kitchens, who had never even called plays in the NFL prior to last year. But we at least like the move for the Browns offense.
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