|Ht / Wt:||6'5" / 255 lb.|
|Drafted:||2019 / Rd. 2 (52)|
Sample finished the 2020 season with 40 catches for 349 yards and his first NFL touchdown.
Analysis: While Sample won't be drawing comparisons to Travis Kelce anytime soon, the 2019 second-round pick from the University of Washington did make important strides, taking advantage of the playing time resulting from C.J. Uzomah's season-ending injury.
Sample caught an eight-yard touchdown pass in Sunday's 37-31 win over the Texans.
Analysis: The 2019 second-round pick has produced some notable games this season with C.J. Uzomah (Achilles) out of the picture, but this was his first trip to the end zone. Sample has now produced a 38-334-1 line on 50 targets this season.
Sample had three catches for 21 yards on four targets in Sunday's loss to the Cowboys.
Analysis: Sample's activity has picked up the last four weeks, as he's had four or more targets each of those weeks. But that hasn't translated into that much production, as most of those targets have been short check-downs. He still doesn't have a touchdown this season, and his highest yardage total was 52 yards.
Sample secured all seven targets for 49 yards in the Bengals' 19-7 loss to the Dolphins on Sunday.
Analysis: Sample surprisingly tied Tee Higgins for the team lead in targets while setting the pace in receptions, with slot receiver Tyler Boyd's first-half ejection very likely playing a pivotal part in the tight end's elevated role. Sample has had numerous solid efforts during his second season, but Sunday's catch tally tied a career high, while his target total checked in as his second-highest of the season. Sample's production is likely to continue fluctuating week to week, but he could enjoy relatively robust volume again in a favorable Week 14 matchup against the Cowboys, especially considering current Bengals quarterbacks Brandon Allen (chest) and Ryan Finley have run conservative attacks thus far in place of Joe Burrow (IR-knee).
Sample caught four passes for 40 yards on five targets, but also coughed up a critical fumble in Sunday's loss to the Giants.
Analysis: The fumble came in the fourth quarter deep in Bengals territory and ultimately led to the Giants' final field goal, one that would provide their margin of victory in the 19-17 game.
Sample had two catches for 29 yards on four targets in Sunday's loss to the Football Team.
Analysis: Sample remains without an NFL touchdown through the first 19 games of his career. He didn't add much in the blocking aspect of the game either - he was the lowest rated offensive regular using Pro Football Focus's ratings, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.
Sample had just one catch on two targets for nine yards in Sunday's loss to the Steelers.
Analysis: That's two consecutive games where Sample has been nearly invisible on offense, despite playing 57 snaps. Sample has yet to score this season, and outside of two games against Cleveland, he has had eight catches in the remaining seven Bengals games this year.
Sample had five catches for 52 yards on six targets in Sunday's loss to the Browns, playing 73 offensive snaps, good for a 97 percent snap share.
Analysis: Sample is getting a good workload, but hasn't yet scored this season, despite eight Red Zone targets, including three inside the 10 yard-line. He's not going to be a top-five tight end anytime soon, but he's pretty close to breaking his season projection halfway through the campaign.
Sample didn't catch his lone target in Sunday's 31-27 loss to the Colts.
Analysis: Sample has largely underwhelmed since C.J. Uzomah (Achilles) was ruled out for the season, as he's posted a 6-70-0 line while getting targeted just nine times over the last four games. He's getting plenty of playing time, recording at least a 75 percent snap share in each contest. The 2019 second-round pick's not dependable in redraft fantasy leagues, but he'll be a valuable DFS option if he happens to fall into the end zone.
Sample caught both of his targets Sunday against the Ravens, netting 22 yards.
Analysis: The Bengals next face the Colts, who allowed 10 targets and five catches to Austin Hooper in Week 5, so Sample might have a bigger role in Week 6.
Sample had three catches for 47 yards on five targets in the Bengals' win over Jacksonville on Sunday. He was also the targeted receiver on Joe Burrow's lone interception, a play in the end zone where Jaguars linebacker Myles Jack outfought Sample for the ball after it initially ricocheted off of Sample's facemask.
Analysis: Sample was on the field for 64 offensive plays (85 percent), more than any of the other Bengals running backs, wide receivers or fellow tight end Cethan Carter. Despite the end zone miscue, he's becoming more than just a blocking or check-down tight end for Burrow.
With C.J. Uzomah out for the season, Sample is in line for a permanent role at tight end with the Bengals, sharing the snaps with Cethan Carter and Mason Schreck.
Analysis: It was a bit of a surprise that the Bengals took Sample in the second round last season, especially as he had little in the way of receiving history at the University of Washington. Now with Uzomah out he's been thrust into a prominent role as a check down option for Joe Burrow, beginning with a matchup against the Eagles, who just gave up three touchdowns to Tyler Higbee last week.
Sample secured seven of 10 targets for 45 yards in the Bengals' 35-30 loss to the Browns on Thursday.
Analysis: The 2019 second-round pick's role in the passing game quickly become more prominent upon C.J. Uzomah's Achilles injury in the fourth quarter. Sample caught several short passes down the stretch as Joe Burrow checked down underneath against the Browns' nickel and dime defenses, and he was able to make good uses of his opportunities overall. The University of Washington product saw his rookie season cut short due to a Week 10 ankle injury, but if Uzomah's injury is deemed to be a long-term one, Sample would be set for primary tight end duties in his absence beginning with a Week 3 road battle against the Eagles on Sunday, Sept. 27.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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