A 2015 fifth-round draft choice, Uzomah has stepped into major role in 2016, due to his own progress and to injuries at the TE position ... Had only 29 career catches in college, in an Auburn offense not designed for passes to TE, but seven of his catches were for TDs, and Bengals prized his potential for NFL success
Career transactions: Selected by Cincinnati in fifth round of 2015 NFL Draft (157th overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 5-14-15.
2016 highlights: Has played in Games 1-4, with three starts, with 11 receptions for 144 yards ... On Sept. 11 at N.Y. Jets, caught two-for-59, including 54-yarder (tied for Bengals’ longest gain this season) ... Three catches for nine yards on Sept. 18 at Pittsburgh ... Two-for-31 on Sept. 25 vs. Denver, including a 22-yarder to set up a Bengals TD in second quarter ... Caught four-for-45 on Sept. 29 vs. Miami.
Previous season: 2015—Played in Games 12-16, after being on roster but inactive for Games 1-11 ... Also played in Wild Card playoff ... Logged one reception for four yards and a special teams tackle ... Made NFL debut Dec. 6 at Cleveland, and had a four-yard reception from Andy Dalton to Cleveland 21 on a fourth-and-two play in fourth quarter, helping set up a FG ... Had 11 offensive snaps and 15 on special teams on Dec. 20 at San Francisco ... Played 24 offensive snaps and 19 on special teams Dec. 28 at Denver, seeing extra action on offense due to injuries to Tyler Eifert and Ryan Hewitt ... One special teams tackle Jan. 3 vs. Baltimore.
College: Played four seasons (2011-14) at Auburn, seeing action in 49 games with 13 starts ... Played in 13 games with five starts as a senior, recording 11 receptions for 145 yards and three TDs ... Caught a 20-yard TD pass on 1-1-15 in the Outback Bowl vs. Wisconsin ... As a junior, played in 13 games with five starts for BCS National Championship Game qualifiers ... Recorded 11 receptions for 154 yards and three TDs ... On Nov. 30, 2013 vs. Alabama, he kept playing after suffering a separated shoulder, and had a 13-yard TD catch in 34-28 win ... Had a game-winning 11-yard TD catch with 0:10 remaining on Sept. 14, 2013 vs. Mississippi State ... Earned ’13 second-team All-Southeastern Conference honors from Associated Press ... As a freshman, threw a four-yard TD pass to fellow TE Philip Lutzenkirchen on a trick play Nov. 12 at Georgia.
Personal: Hometown is Suwanee, Ga. ... Attended North Gwinnett High School (Sugar Hill, Ga.), where he was listed as nation’s No. 8 tight end by Scout.com, and he also saw action at QB and WR ... Led North Gwinnett to 11-1 record as a junior, passing for 1750 yards and 15 TDs while also rushing for 800 yards and 10 more TDs ... Marketing major at Auburn ... Last name is pronounced “yew-ZAH-mah.”
Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton completes a throw to tight end C.J. Uzomah for the fourth down conversion and gain of 8 yards.