Samaje Perine

Cincinnati Bengals
Running Back #32
Cincinnati Bengals
Running Back #32

Samaje Perine News

First 2022 touchdown

Perine scored the Bengals' initial touchdown in their win over the Jets on Sunday on a pass in the red zone, and ended up with a combined 61 yards rushing and receiving.

Analysis: Perine got the bulk of his carries late, but ended up rushing nine times for 47 yards to go along with his two catches for 14 yards. He was more effective running the ball than teammate Joe Mixon, albeit he had the benefit of getting most of his work against a tired opponent.

Sep 27, 2022 12:45 AM EST

Limited role in loss

Perine had one carry for two yards and caught his only target for eight yards in Sunday's 20-17 loss to the Cowboys.

Analysis: Perine continued to operate as the Bengals' clear No. 2 running back behind Joe Mixon, playing just 14 of the team's 70 offensive snaps. With Mixon being used as a true workhorse, Perine will likely find it difficult to see enough usage to reach fantasy relevance. The 27-year-old backup remains off the fantasy radar ahead of a matchup with the Jets in Week 3.

Sep 20, 2022 9:07 PM EST

Limited to third down duty

Perine had one carry for four yards and three catches for 33 yards in the Bengals' overtime loss to the Steelers in Week 1.

Analysis: Perine essentially was the third down back for the Bengals, with Joe Mixon shouldering a workhorse role. Perine had 23 offensive snaps, at least remaining pat as the primary backup ahead of Chris Evans.

Sep 14, 2022 8:15 AM EST

Not in line to play Sunday

Perine isn't expected to play in Sunday's preseason game against the Giants, Kelsey Conway of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Analysis: With top back Joe Mixon also not in line to play Sunday, Conway indicates that Chris Evans is a candidate to see his share of snaps against the Giants. As Week 1 approaches, Perine profiles as Mixon's top backup.

Aug 21, 2022 3:28 PM EST

Impresses at training camp

Perine has been "all over the field making plays" in training camp, according to Jay Morrison and Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic.

Analysis: While Perine is no threat to supplant top back Joe Mixon, he's looking to cement the No. 2 slot in the Bengals' backfield and at this stage it appears as though he has a solid chance to hold off 2021 sixth-rounder Chris Evans on that front. Though neither Perine or Evans profile as reliable fantasy lineup options when Mixon is healthy, if Cincinnati's top back misses time this season, Perine figures to absorb a good chunk of the the team's early-down work, with Evans factoring in as a pass-catcher.

Aug 12, 2022 10:10 AM EST

Competing with Evans

At this stage, it appears as though Perine (undisclosed) leads Chris Evans in the competition to secure the immediate backup slot behind top RB Joe Mixon, Chris Roling of the USA Today reports.

Analysis: With that in mind, coach Zac Taylor recently noted that "(Perine's) certainly got a leg up right now in that battle, but that's what training camp is for. Plenty of times, guys step up and have huge growth. We'll see where it goes." Either way, Evans -- a 2021 sixth-rounder -- has a chance to factor in, particularly in passing situations, but as long as Perine can stay healthy, he'll be in the mix for early-down touches that don't go to Mixon. To that point, it's worth noting that trainers had a look at Perine during practice Tuesday after he came up lame on punt drill, according to Jay Morrison of The Athletic.

Aug 2, 2022 1:47 PM EST

All set for training camp

Perine (undisclosed) was removed from the active/PUP list and returned to the active roster Wednesday.

Analysis: Perine is ready to go as the Bengals' training camp gets started Wednesday. He's expected to operate as Joe Mixon's primary backup once again this season, though he will have to compete with Chris Evans for the role.

Jul 27, 2022 8:27 AM EST

Lands on PUP list

Perine (undisclosed) was placed on the Bengals' active/PUP list Saturday.

Analysis: Perine can be removed from this list and practice at any point before the regular season, but he will need to first receive a corresponding medical clearance. The running back's addition to this list comes as somewhat of a surprise after he went through voluntary OTAs without any reported injuries. Perine played 16 games as the Bengals' secondary running back behind Joe Mixon last season, recording 442 scrimmage yards and two scores on 82 total touches, but he likely will have to compete with fellow backup Chris Evans to maintain this spot heading into the regular season.

Jul 23, 2022 1:34 PM EST

No production in loss

Perine had two carries for zero yards and failed to catch his lone target Sunday during the loss to the Rams in Super Bowl LVI.

Analysis: Perine played only 13 offensive snaps Sunday, with his most impactful play being a zero-yard run on third down late in the fourth quarter, which helped set up Cincinnati's turnover on downs a play later. The 26-year-old caught three passes for 43 yards and a touchdown during the AFC Championship Game but was unable to replicate that production in the Super Bowl. Perine totaled 55 carries for 246 yards and 27 receptions for 196 yards and two total touchdowns in 16 games during the regular season, and he remains under contract with the Bengals for $1.5 million in 2022.

Feb 14, 2022 2:49 PM EST

Finds end zone on long reception

Perine recorded three receptions on four targets for 43 yards in Sunday's 27-24 win over Kansas City in the AFC Championship Game.

Analysis: Perine didn't see a single carry, with Joe Mixon instead seeing all the work out of the backfield on the ground. However, he scored ona 41-yard screen pass late in the first half, which began Cincinnati's comeback effort. Perine isn't likely to see a major role in the Super Bowl, though he's flashed effectiveness as a pass catcher at various points throughout the campaign.

Jan 30, 2022 4:41 PM EST

One carry against Raiders

Perine had one carry for two yards without any targets in the passing game in Saturday's playoff win over the Raiders.

Analysis: Perine occasionally was in the game on third down for Joe Mixon, but for the most part it was the Mixon show. Teammate Chris Evans got as much work as Perine.

Jan 16, 2022 1:01 PM EST

No offensive snaps in Week 18

Perine did not play a single offensive snap in Sunday's 21-16 loss to the Browns.

Analysis: Perine was reported to be the Bengals' starting running back in Week 18 with Joe Mixon on the reserve/COVID-19 list, but this never came to fruition. Instead, Perine failed to log an offensive snap while playing 16 snaps on special teams. Nonetheless, fellow running backs Chris Evans and Trayveon Williams carried the load for Cincinnati in the season finale. Perine finished the season with 55 rushes for 246 yards and one touchdown, adding 27 catches for 196 yards and a score. The 26-year-old is under contract through the 2022 season and will become a free agent in the following year. Though he likely won't find himself as a starter barring injury, he has proven to more capable backup when called upon. With a wild card playoff matchup against the Raiders, Perine will likely serve as the team's top backup with Mixon healthy.

Jan 12, 2022 5:47 AM EST

Likely starting Week 18

Perine likely will work as Cincinnati's lead back Sunday against the Browns, after teammate Joe Mixon tested positive for COVID-19, Chase Goodbread of reports.

Analysis: It'll presumably be Mixon's first absence of the season, with the Bengals unlikely to rush him back even if he's able to quickly clear COVID-19 protocols. QB Joe Burrow said he'll be rested for the playoffs, so it's a good bet other key Bengals will be held out or limited this Sunday. Still, it's an excellent opportunity for Perine, who has 55 carries for 246 yards (4.5 YPC) and a touchdown this season, plus 27 catches for 196 yards on 31 targets. He's seen a lot of his playing time on third downs with Mixon enjoying a relatively healthy season, but the 240-pounder is far from a passing-down specialist. Cincinnati's other RB options sans Mixon would be rookie Chris Evans and Trayveon Williams.

Jan 5, 2022 12:39 PM EST

One catch, one carry

Perine had one catch for 10 yards and one carry for four yards in Sunday's win over the Chiefs.

Analysis: Perine was on the field for 20 offensive snaps, but wasn't used all that frequently. It'll be interesting to see if the Bengals try to preserve Joe Mixon next week at Cleveland, given that they've clinched the division.

Jan 3, 2022 4:27 PM EST

Barely plays

Perine saw just 11 snaps in Sunday's win over the Ravens, netting zero carries and two catches for six yards.

Analysis: The Bengals essentially eschewed the running game in this one, given how successful Joe Burrow was in the passing game against the Ravens' skeleton crew secondary. Moreover, Joe Mixon's ankle proved to be just fine, so there was little need for Perine to spell him.

Dec 28, 2021 2:27 PM EST

Watching Mixon's status

Perine would be next in line to start for the Bengals at running back if Joe Mixon (ankle) can't go. Perine had four carries for 30 yards and two catches for 13 yards in the Week 15 win over the Broncos.

Analysis: Mixon twice came off the field due to the ankle injury last Sunday, but was on for the last snap, which was a kneel-down. The Bengals said that they'd limit his workload in practice to start the week. So it's possible still that Perine could start this week.

Dec 21, 2021 3:18 PM EST

Heavily involved in passing game

Perine carried four times for 11 yards and caught four of five targets for 22 yards during Sunday's 26-23 overtime loss to the 49ers.

Analysis: Perine was the primary backup behind Joe Mixon once again, but that label offers little fantasy potential, as Mixon is a true bell cow back for the Bengals. The fifth-year pro's involvement in the passing game continues to be a bright spot, but he likely only offers fantasy value as a handcuff to Mixon.

Dec 14, 2021 1:12 PM EST

Minimal workload in loss

Perine carried five times for 36 yards and caught both of his targets for five yards in Sunday's 41-22 loss to the Chargers.

Analysis: Perine's limited role in Sunday's loss to the Chargers is the result of Joe Mixon operating as a true bell-cow back for the Bengals. Though he offers little value for fantasy, Perine would likely lead Cincinnati's backfield in touches if Mixon were to suffer an injury. The 26-year-old is worth a stash as Mixon's handcuff.

Dec 8, 2021 6:51 AM EST

Tiny workload

Perine had just three carries and one catch on 10 snaps despite the Bengals benching their offensive starters for most of the fourth quarter in their blowout win over the Steelers.

Analysis: Teammate Joe Mixon is a full-on bell-cow back right now, so Perine's opportunities to produce are extremely limited.

Nov 29, 2021 7:55 PM EST

Nine offensive snaps

Perine was limited to nine offensive snaps in the Week 11 win over the Raiders. He had two carries for three yards along with three catches for 18 yards.

Analysis: Joe Mixon is fully healthy again and is back to being the Bengals' bell-cow running back. Thus, Perine has been relegated to traditional backup duties, even when the Bengals were ahead most of the game.

Nov 23, 2021 1:49 AM EST

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