Drew Sample

Drew Sample

Tight End #88
Team: Cincinnati Bengals
Ht / Wt:6'5" / 255 lb.
Drafted:2019 / Rd. 2 (52)
Draft Team:CIN

Drew Sample: Clear bill of health

Sample (ankle) is healthy and ready to go in 2020, James Rapien of Sports Illustrated reports.

Analysis: Sample's rookie season with the Bengals was cut short after suffering a high-ankle sprain in Week 10. Prior to that he had accrued just 30 yards on five receptions. The 24-year-old was selected by Cincinnati in the second-round of the 2019 NFL Draft. He only played a limited role on offense last season, but with Tyler Eifert departing for Jacksonville he figures to see an expanded role in 2020. He will presumably compete with C.J. Uzomah for playing time.

June 23, 2020 5:14 PM EST

Drew Sample: Ticketed for expanded role

The Bengals expect Sample (ankle) to handle a larger role in 2020, Paul Dehner of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The 2019 second-round pick operated as the Bengals' No. 3 tight end during his rookie season, recording five catches on 108 offensive snaps in nine games before a high ankle sprain sent him to injured reserve. He'll now have a chance to take on some of the work that previously went to Tyler Eifert, who saw 63 targets last season and then signed with the Jaguars in March. C.J. Uzomah is also a candidate to handle some of those snaps and targets, and he'll likely line up as the No. 1 tight end whenever practices begin. The Bengals may also add to their TE room during the 2020 NFL Draft, but Dehner believes it isn't one of the team's bigger priorities. Sample should have plenty of time to recover from his high ankle sprain, if he hasn't already.

April 8, 2020 7:00 AM EST

Drew Sample: Lands on IR

Sample (ankle) was placed on injured reserve by the Bengals on Saturday, Tyler Dragon of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Analysis: Sample suffered a high-ankle sprain on Nov. 11 in a matchup with the Ravens. The severity of the injury will keep him out for the remainder of the year. Drafted in the second-round, the rookie tight end will finish his season with five receptions for 30 yards in nine games.

December 7, 2019 10:43 AM EST

Drew Sample: Ruled out again

Sample (ankle) is ruled out for Sunday's tilt against the Browns, Tyler Dragon of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Analysis: Sample is set to miss a fourth straight game due to his lingering right ankle injury. The Bengals will roll with Tyler Eifert, C.J. Uzomah, Mason Schreck and Cethan Carter at the tight end position in Cleveland on Sunday.

December 6, 2019 10:49 AM EST

Drew Sample: Remains out Week 13

Sample (ankle) was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Jets, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Sample will miss his third straight game since suffering the right ankle injury Week 10 against the Ravens. Tyler Eifert and C.J. Uzomah are the team's only healthy tight ends since Cethan Carter (concussion) is also ruled out.

November 29, 2019 10:44 AM EST

Drew Sample: First NFL receptions

Sample had two catches for 25 yards in Sunday's loss to the Niners.

Analysis: After virtually being absent from the offensive game plan in Week 1, Sample saw some targets in garbage time this week. The 2019 second-round pick could spend a lot of time learning the ropes this year, with an eye on getting more asked of him in 2020.

September 16, 2019 11:20 AM EST

Drew Sample: Mental errors in first game action

Sample hauled in one pass on three targets for seven yards in the team's first preseason game against the Chiefs.

Analysis: Sample managed to haul in his first pass in game action, on the receiving end of a seven-yard reception from Jeff Driskel. Unfortunately, he stood out more for mental mistakes, as he was penalized for a false start as well as offensive pass interference. Overall, the second-round pick failed to take advantage of his first chance to make a positive impression on his new team.

August 10, 2019 9:37 PM EST

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