Samaje Perine

Denver Broncos
Running Back #32
Denver Broncos
Running Back #32

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Samaje Perine Could Be Cut To Clear Cap Space

Denver Broncos running back Samaje Perine could be one of the players released or traded by the team this offseason, according to Nick Kosmider of The Athletic. Kosmider notes that "it wouldn't be a huge surprise if the Broncos moved on from Perine" given that releasing him would create roughly $3 million in cap space. That's a very reasonable outcome for Denver as they look for extra money and find ways to win with younger players. Perine, 28, broke free for 238 rushing and 455 receiving yards in 2023. He should be rostered as a decent RB4 option in most fantasy leagues.

May 30, 2024 2:05 AM EST

Samaje Perine, Jaleel McLaughlin Facing Threat To Workload

Denver Broncos running backs Samaje Perine and Jaleel McLaughlin "will face a challenging battle to maintain their roles this offseason," according to Nick Kosmider of The Athletic. He notes that the same is true for Javonte Williams. It appears as though all three holdover running backs in Denver have reduced job security after the team drafted Audric Estime and signed Blake Watson. There will be plenty of competition throughout the offseason as the Broncos work to determine which running backs are worthy of key volume in 2024. However, as of now, it appears there's at least some favor for Estime and Watson while the three returners may need to do a little extra to prove themselves. From a fantasy perspective, Williams and Estime seem like the most intriguing names, but Perine and Watson (and even McLaughlin) benefit from their pass-catching skills.

May 24, 2024 12:07 AM EST

Samaje Perine Good To Go For Week 15

Denver Broncos running back Samaje Perine (knee) was on the Week 15 injury report but has since been cleared and will play on Saturday evening against the Detroit Lions. Outside of maybe the deepest PPR setups, Perine is probably worth avoiding, especially against a Lions team that has allowed only 48 receptions on the year and zero receiving touchdowns to RBs. But although Perine was passed by rookie Jaleel McLaughlin around the midpoint of the season for the RB2 role in Denver, he has made a comeback and is once again the Broncos' preferred back on passing downs, catching all 15 of his targets for 112 yards (7.47 yards per reception) in the last four games. He's also added 11 carries for 71 yards and a touchdown. If the Broncos find themselves trailing big early, Perine could be more involved in the passing attack.

Dec 16, 2023 10:54 AM EST

Samaje Perine Misses Practice Wednesday With Knee Injury

Denver Broncos running back Samaje Perine (knee) did not practice on Wednesday after logging a full practice on Tuesday as his team continues preparing to face the Detroit Lions on Saturday. Perine's downgrade on Wednesday comes as a concern, although the Broncos may be just managing his knee issue heading into Saturday. Perine's practice status on Thursday will be worth monitoring. Rookie Jaleel McLaughlin would take on a larger role behind Javonte Williams if Perine doesn't play on Saturday.

Dec 13, 2023 9:57 PM EST

Samaje Perine Has Team-High Five Receptions In LA

Denver Broncos running back Samaje Perine came into the Week 14 contest versus the Los Angeles Chargers as questionable with a knee injury, but he managed to suit up and had a team-high five receptions on five targets for 36 yards as a pass-catcher in the 24-7 victory. Perine was far less involved on the ground, seeing just two carries for eight yards. But after getting more involved in Weeks 11 and 12, Perine was back at it again on Sunday. His five targets were second on the team behind Jerry Jeudy's six, and his 36 receiving yards were second to Courtland Sutton's 62. However, the 28-year-old isn't going to have much flex appeal outside of extremely deep PPR leagues as long as lead back Javonte Williams sees 20-plus touches per game, which has been the case in four of the team's last six contests.

Dec 11, 2023 12:09 AM EST

Samaje Perine Officially Active Versus Chargers

Denver Broncos running back Samaje Perine (knee) is officially active for Week 14 versus the Los Angeles Chargers. Despite missing practice Friday and being listed as questionable, the expectation as that Perine would play. Indeed, the veteran will suit up, using his pass-catching skills to rank as a high-end RB4 in PPR leagues.

Dec 10, 2023 3:24 PM EST

Samaje Perine In Line To Play On Sunday

Denver Broncos running back Samaje Perine (knee) is expected to suit up versus the Chargers in Week 14. The former Bengal practiced fully on Wednesday and Thursday. However, he missed Friday's session because of a knee injury, resulting in a questionable designation. At any rate, Perine hasn't been a consistent part of the Broncos' offensive plans for most of the season, meaning his fantasy outlook isn't favorable by any means.

Dec 10, 2023 1:54 AM EST

Samaje Perine Listed As Questionable Against Chargers

The Denver Broncos listed running back Samaje Perine (knee) as questionable to play this Sunday against the division-rival Los Angeles Chargers. Perine was a full participant on Wednesday and Thursday before he was held out of practice on Friday. It sounds as though Perine suffered a setback, which usually is a bad sign heading into Sunday's action. The 28-year-old suddenly resurfaced for 16 touches, 133 yards and a touchdown in Weeks 11 and 12 before being granted only three touches for six yards in last week's loss to the Houston Texans. Even if his injury isn't all that serious and he's able to play in Week 14, Perine will most likely handle a small role alongside rookie Jaleel McLaughlin behind lead back Javonte Williams against the Bolts. If Perine is out, McLaughlin will be afforded a larger change-of-pace role behind Williams.

Dec 8, 2023 6:51 PM EST

Samaje Perine Back In The Mix In Denver's Backfield?

Denver Broncos running back Samaje Perine began the year as Denver's "lead back" with Javonte Williams being eased in due to a knee injury he suffered the year prior. Perine then lost the No. 2 role to rookie Jaleel McLaughlin midway through the year. However, in the last two games, Perine has re-emerged, catching seven passes for 60 yards in Week 11 and carrying the ball seven times for 55 yards and a touchdown in last week's win over the Cleveland Browns. The 28-year-old's TD plunge last Sunday came when Williams was being evaluated for an injury, though, so fantasy managers probably shouldn't put too much stock in it. Against the Houston Texans in Week 13, Perine will be battling for touches with McLaughlin behind Williams, making him more of an RB4/flex in the deepest of fantasy leagues.

Dec 2, 2023 1:41 PM EST

Samaje Perine Vultures A Touchdown In Win Over Browns

Denver Broncos running back Samaje Perine surprisingly worked as the No. 2 RB behind Javonte Williams over rookie Jaleel McLaughlin in the 29-12 win on Sunday over the visiting Cleveland Browns in Week 12 and even found the end zone for the first time this season. Perine had seven carries (his most since the season opener) for 55 yards (7.9 yards per tote) and a rushing touchdown (his first of the year) while adding one catch on his only target for a gain of 11 yards. The 28-year-old took advantage of Williams leaving the game early on with a neck injury to score the Broncos' first touchdown of the game. Perine has now gone over 60 total yards in each of the last two games and is suddenly challenging McLaughlin (two carries for four yards) for a bigger role behind Williams. However, the role isn't going to lead to much (if any) standalone fantasy value as long as the Broncos continue to feed Williams 20-plus touches a game.

Nov 27, 2023 12:44 AM EST

Samaje Perine Removed From Injury Report, Ready For Week 12

Denver Broncos running back Samaje Perine (knee) has been removed from the team's final injury report after getting in a full practice on Friday. The veteran running back has now logged back-to-back full practices so he is ready to go for Sunday's Week 12 game against the Cleveland Browns. Perine has been a solid receiving back throughout the season, totaling 32 receptions on 36 targets for 326 yards through the air. However, he's yet to find the end zone this season and has a tough matchup in Week 12 against the Browns' stout defense. He's a low-end RB4.

Nov 24, 2023 6:21 PM EST

Samaje Perine Logs Full Practice Thursday

Denver Broncos running back Samaje Perine (back) upgraded to a full participant in practice on Thursday. This was a step in the right direction for the veteran after he was limited Wednesday. Denver's crowded backfield also features Javonte Williams and Jaleel McLaughlin, making it tough to trust Perine in fantasy leagues. With that said, he does have some appeal in deep PPR formats after catches seven passes for 60 yards last weekend.

Nov 23, 2023 5:14 PM EST

Samaje Perine Limited With Knee On Wednesday

Denver Broncos running back Samaje Perine (knee) was limited in practice on Wednesday as his team gears up to face off against the Cleveland Browns in Week 12. Perine appeared to emerge from his team's Week 11 win over the Minnesota Vikings without any issues but he popped up on Wednesday's injury report with a knee. It is possible that Denver is just maintaining the veteran's reps early in the week, so his status in Thursday and Friday's practices will be worth monitoring. If Perine doesn't end up playing in Week 12, look for rookie Jaleel McLaughlin to see more run against Cleveland this weekend.

Nov 22, 2023 9:12 PM EST

Samaje Perine Has Team-High Seven Catches In Win Over Vikings

Denver Broncos running back Samaje Perine has been off the fantasy radar since early in 2023 with rookie Jaleel McLaughlin essentially passing him on the depth chart behind Javonte Williams. However, Perine was involved heavily in the passing attack in the Week 11 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday night and finished with a team-high seven catches on seven targets for 60 yards while carrying the ball once for a seven-yard gain. The receptions and targets were both season-highs for the 28-year-old in a game in which the Broncos trailed for the majority of the action. It was a nice showing for Perine, but fantasy managers shouldn't expect to continue as long as Williams and McLaughlin are healthy, especially in a tough Week 12 matchup against the Cleveland Browns. Perine hasn't seen more than two carries since Week 5, when Williams was out due to injury.

Nov 20, 2023 12:12 AM EST

Samaje Perine Not A Safe Choice For Week 8

Denver Broncos running back Samaje Perine hasn't had the year most thought he would. The former Bengal has just 98 yards off 26 carries and 20 catches for 215 yards through the first seven weeks. More alarming, he hasn't scored a touchdown as a runner or pass-catcher. Most had assumed Perine at least had a shot at surpassing Javonte Williams in production, even if the former technically didn't leap past the latter on the depth chart. Instead, Jaleel McLaughlin has arguably been the best back in Denver, and he doesn't appear to be going away anytime soon. As a result, fantasy managers should leave Perine out of the starting lineup in Week 8 against the Chiefs and not consider starting him again this season until he turns it around.

Oct 28, 2023 1:37 PM EST

Samaje Perine Hurt In Loss To Chiefs

Not only did Denver Broncos running back Samaje Perine (leg, knee) have a terrible game in the 19-8 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday Night Football, but he also apparently suffered a leg/knee injury late in the fourth quarter. Perine didn't see a single carry in this one with Javonte Williams returning from his quadriceps injury. The 28-year-old caught both of his targets for 16 yards, but he lost a fumble on the team's final offensive play of the night. Perine was apparently hurt on that play, but it's unclear right now how serious it is or if it will require him to miss time moving forward. The Broncos do have extra time before their Week 7 game against the Green Bay Packers. If Perine misses any time, it will allow Denver to get more of a look at impressive undrafted rookie Jaleel McLaughlin in their backfield.

Oct 13, 2023 1:06 AM EST

Samaje Perine Leads Broncos In Receiving In Loss

Denver Broncos running back Samaje Perine was expected to have an elevated role in the offense in Week 5 against the New York Jets with Javonte Williams (quadriceps) sidelined, and that came to fruition in the 31-21 loss. Perine didn't have much of an impact on the ground with six carries for just 22 yards -- he also lost a fumble -- but he saved his fantasy day with four receptions on five targets for a team-high 73 receiving yards on Sunday in Denver. It was a decent showing as an RB3/flex option in PPR leagues. However, it's clear that impressive undrafted rookie Jaleel McLaughlin, who scored in Week 5, has surpassed Perine on the Broncos' RB depth chart. Once Williams returns from his injury -- possibly next Thursday against the Kansas City Chiefs -- Perine is going to be hard to trust in starting fantasy lineups.

Oct 8, 2023 10:26 PM EST

Samaje Perine Could See More Work In Week 5

Denver Broncos running back Samaje Perine was expected to have a much bigger workload early on in his first season in Denver. He has carried the ball 18 times for 66 yards (3.67 yards per carry) and has 11 catches for 95 yards. Undrafted rookie Jaleel McLaughlin has so far outshined the 28-year-old. Perine could have a bigger role in Denver's backfield in Week 5 against the New York Jets if Javonte Williams (quadriceps) is unable to play, but the bad news is McLaughlin had one more carry than Perine last week when Williams was hurt despite playing fewer snaps. McLaughlin has been much more efficient with his touches and has found the end zone twice. At best, Perine will be worth a look as an RB3/flex this Sunday if Williams is inactive while going up against a Jets D that has been vulnerable on the ground.

Oct 6, 2023 12:40 AM EST

Samaje Perine Overshadowed By Undrafted Rookie

Denver Broncos running back Samaje Perine didn't take advantage of an opportunity for a bigger role in the 31-28 comeback win over the Chicago Bears in Week 4 on Sunday when Javonte Williams (hip) left the game for good in the first half. Perine handled six carries, one less than undrafted rookie Jaleel McLaughlin, and picked up only 12 yards (2.0 yards per tote) on the ground. He added 23 receiving yards while hauling in both of his targets through the air. The 28-year-old could have a bigger role moving forward if Williams is forced to miss any time with his injury, but Perine has so far been a disappointment through his first four weeks with the Broncos and could be behind McLaughlin in the pecking order. Even if Williams is unavailable for a tough Week 5 matchup against the New York Jets, Perine will be hard to recommend as an RB3/flex.

Oct 1, 2023 10:45 PM EST

Samaje Perine Quickly Becoming A Fantasy Afterthought

Denver Broncos running back Samaje Perine was expected to have a significant role in the backfield early on in his first year in Denver with Javonte Williams being eased in following a major knee injury in 2022. Perine looked pretty explosive on 12 touches in the season opener and played the same number of offensive snaps as Williams. But in the last two weeks, he's disappeared, combining for four carries for 13 yards and five catches for 35 yards. The Broncos understandably abandoned the run game in a 50-point loss to the Dolphins in Week 3, but his drop in involvement the last two weeks has been concerning. Rookie Jaleel McLaughlin has seen more carries and has even scored. The Chicago Bears are an extremely inviting matchup for RBs, but will Perine even see enough touches to be worth considering as an RB4/flex in fantasy? We have our doubts.

Sep 29, 2023 12:11 AM EST