Samaje Perine

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

Samaje Perine News

Set up for role behind Mixon

Perine should have a role in the Cincinnati offense this season, according to Jay Morrison of The Athletic.

Analysis: Bengals OC Brian Callahan has made it clear he wants to use Joe Mixon more, but the team will still need a backup RB to take some snaps, and for the first time in years it won't be passing-down specialist Giovani Bernard (now with Tampa Bay). Perine is much different from Bernard, of course, offering size and power rather than agility and receiving skills. Fortunately for the Bengals, Mixon is a well-rounded back who can be trusted for any down and distance, giving the team flexibility in terms of which snaps the backup handles. Perine was an effective runner in limited action last year, taking 63 carries for 301 yards (4.8 YPC) and three TDs, including a 13-95-2 rushing line Week 16 at Houston. The other competitors for backup work in Cincinnati are rookie sixth-round pick Chris Evans, undrafted rookie Pooka Williams and 2019 sixth-round pick Trayveon Williams.

May 21, 2021 6:54 AM EST

Back with Bengals

Perine re-signed with the Bengals on a two-year deal Wednesday, Jeremy Fowler of reports.

Analysis: Perine proved himself as a capable depth piece last season, having averaged 4.8 yards per carry while working behind Giovani Bernard after Joe Mixon went down due to injury. He stands to handle a similar role going forward, with the potential upside to compete against Bernard for the top backup spot this offseason.

Mar 17, 2021 4:24 PM EST

Shows Promise Late

Perine finished the 2020 season with nine carries for 51 yards in a Week 17 loss against the Ravens. He ended the season with 63 carries for 301 yards and three touchdowns, along with 11 catches for 66 yards.

Analysis: Perine isn't especially fast or shifty, but he proved capable as the backup to Gio Bernard after Joe Mixon got hurt. He's a free agent this offseason.

Jan 13, 2021 10:50 PM EST

Finds end zone twice

Perine rushed the ball 13 times for 95 yards and two touchdowns in Week 16 against the Texans. He added four receptions for 41 yards.

Analysis: Perine was out-carried 16-13 by Giovani Bernard, but made more efficient use of his chances. The splash play of his performance came on the Bengals' fourth offensive play of the second half, when he broke a number of tackles and rumbled 46 yards for a touchdown. Three drives later, Perine made his second trip to the end zone on three-yard plunge. Entering the week, Perine had failed to command more than 10 carries in any contest and could see his volume decrease in Week 17 against the Ravens.

Dec 27, 2020 2:28 PM EST

Limited to four carries

Perine rushed four times for 14 yards in the Bengals' 27-17 win over the Steelers on Monday night.

Analysis: Perine had tied a season high with 10 carries in Week 14 against the Cowboys, but that workload had partly been a byproduct of an early Giovani Bernard fumble that earned the veteran a benching. However, coach Zac Taylor gave Bernard ample opportunity to redeem himself Monday night in the form of 25 carries, which led to Perine reverting to a clear backup role. Considering he'd logged zero and three carries in Weeks 12 and 13 before last week's volume spike, the fourth-year pro will be difficult to trust despite the appealing Week 16 matchup against the Texans' AFC-worst rush defense.

Dec 21, 2020 9:44 PM EST

Part of three-man committee

Perine carried the ball 10 times for 32 yards in Week 14 against the Cowboys. He added two receptions for nine yards.

Analysis: Perine worked behind both Giovani Bernard and Trayveon Williams, but got plenty of work after both fumbled early in the game. He wasn't particularly effective, averaging only 3.2 yards per carry. On the other hand, he logged the team's longest rush of the game, which went for 11 yards. Assuming both Williams and Bernard are able to hang onto the ball in Week 15, Perine is likely to return to a smaller role.

Dec 13, 2020 7:17 PM EST

Three touches Week 13

Perine had three carries for seven yards during Sunday's 19-7 loss to the Dolphins.

Analysis: The 25-year-old played 17 of 52 offensive snaps while Giovani Bernard handled 14 touches in the defeat. The Bengals previously indicated they expect Joe Mixon (foot) to be back from injured reserve this week, which would push Perine further down the depth chart.

Dec 7, 2020 1:28 PM EST

Nearly invisible in loss

Perine saw the field for only seven offensive snaps in Sunday's loss to the Giants, catching one pass for two yards without getting any carries.

Analysis: Perine went from being a contested free agent pickup in the middle of the week when Giovani Bernard's concussion was announced to a droppable player by Sunday, when it was clear that Bernard would play after all.

Nov 30, 2020 10:39 PM EST

Six touches in Week 11 loss

Perine rushed five times for 19 yards and caught one of two targets for two yards in Sunday's 20-9 loss to Washington.

Analysis: Perine actually had one more rushing yard on four fewer carries than an ineffective Giovani Bernard, but Bernard handily outperformed Perine as a pass-catcher out of the backfield and should continue to see the majority of backfield reps in Joe Mixon's (foot) absence. With Mixon on IR, Perine should maintain change-of-pace duties behind Bernard against the Giants in Week 12.

Nov 22, 2020 3:17 PM EST

Set for top backup role Week 11

Perine is expected to serve as the top backup to Giovani Bernard in the Bengals' game Sunday at Washington after head coach Zac Taylor confirmed Joe Mixon (foot) wouldn't play, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Mixon had already missed the Bengals' previous three games, but Perine only saw notable volume behind Bernard in the last two contests, garnering 11 and eight touches in Weeks 8 and 10, respectively. Even that modest level of usage may be somewhat unreliable going forward should Mixon miss more time, as Perine only received four touches through the first three quarters of last week's 36-10 loss to the Steelers before getting more work in the final 15 minutes of the blowout while Bernard rested. Assuming Sunday's game versus the Football Team proves more competitive, Perine and third-stringer Trayveon Williams may be subbed in only occasionally while Bernard takes on a three-down role.

Nov 20, 2020 11:25 AM EST

Leads Bengals in rushing

Perine carried the ball seven times for 48 yards in Week 10 against the Steelers. He added one reception for seven yards.

Analysis: Perine's eight total touches lagged behind Giovani Bernard's 12, but he managed to work more efficiently with his opportunity. He played a key role in the Bengals lone drive that ended with a touchdown, ripping off a run of 14 yards and a reception that gained an additional seven yards. Perine could be in line for more change-of-pace work if Joe Mixon (foot) remains out in Week 11 against Washington.

Nov 15, 2020 8:43 PM EST

Finds end zone vs. Titans

Perine carried 10 times for 32 yards and a touchdown while catching his only target for a two-yard gain during Sunday's 31-20 win over the Titans.

Analysis: With Joe Mixon (foot) out, Perine saw his most action of the season and capitalized with a one-yard touchdown plunge in the second quarter. Gio Bernard also acquitted himself quite well and scored touchdowns of his own, though Perine remained a factor in the running game throughout the contest. Mixon could return to face the Steelers in Week 10 after the upcoming bye, which would send Perine back to a reserve role and fantasy irrelevance.

Nov 1, 2020 7:19 PM EST

Minimal work

Perine had one carry for three yards and caught his only target for three yards in Sunday's loss to the Browns.

Analysis: Perine was on the field for 19 offensive snaps, but most of those were in cases where his role was to block. Even if Joe Mixon sits out again next week, Perine's role will be minimal barring an injury to Giovani Bernard.

Oct 26, 2020 11:15 PM EST

Increased opportunity on tap

Perine could handle third-down snaps versus the Browns on Sunday with Joe Mixon (foot) having been ruled out, Ben Baby of reports.

Analysis: Giovani Bernard stands to handle the bulk of backfield work with Mixon out, but Perine appears on track to potentially play a change-of-pace role. He's suited up for every game this season, but has only handled one carry while primary contributing on special teams. Trayveon Williams could also be active, but he hasn't yet handled a carry in his NFL career.

Oct 23, 2020 9:36 AM EST

Logs first carry of 2020

Perine rushed once for no gain in Sunday's 31-27 loss to the Colts.

Analysis: Perine recorded his first carry of the season in the fourth quarter after Joe Mixon exited early with a foot injury. Coach Zac Taylor is optimistic about Mixon's availability for this Sunday's matchup against the Browns, but if Mixon is sidelined, Perine and Trayveon Williams could have roles in the backfield behind Giovani Bernard.

Oct 20, 2020 12:17 PM EST

Claimed by Cincy

Perine was claimed off waivers by the Bengals on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The 2017 fourth-round pick was waived by Miami over the weekend and will now make his way back to Cincinnati. Perine began the 2019 campaign with the Bengals but played only five offensive snaps in six games before being let go, and he eventually signed with the Dolphins. He's struggled to find his footing to this point in his career, and he has only 13 rushing attempts for 48 yards over the past two seasons.

Apr 28, 2020 2:18 PM EST

Let go by Miami

The Dolphins waived Perine on Sunday.

Analysis: Miami's acquisition of Matt Breida from San Francisco in exchange for a fifth-round pick appears to have made Perine expendable. Across a six-game stint with the Bengals and one appearance with the Dolphins in 2019, Perine accumulated 16 yards on five carries while mostly contributing on special teams. He'll look to garner another depth role elsewhere in the league.

Apr 26, 2020 3:56 PM EST

Small role in finale

Perine carried the ball five times for 16 yards during Week 17's divisional win over the Patriots.

Analysis: Perine made his debut with Miami during the regular-season finale. He also had a four-game stint in Cincinnati in 2019, during which he contributed on special teams. As an unrestricted free agent, the 2017 fourth-round pick's future with Miami is unclear.

Jan 2, 2020 10:26 AM EST

Finds new home in Miami

The Dolphins signed Perine off the Bengals' practice squad Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Perine hasn't lived up to his billing as a 2017 fourth-round pick, despite opportunity in front of him in stints with the Redskins and Bengals. Overall, he's averaged 3.5 YPC on 183 career rushes, hauled in 25 of 28 targets for 187 yards and scored two TDs in 27 career games. In his new home, Perine will provide depth to a Dolphins backfield that may be without Myles Gaskin (ankle) in Sunday's season finale in New England.

Dec 23, 2019 4:07 PM EST

Remains with Cincy

Perine signed to the Bengals' practice squad Friday, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM Radio reports.

Analysis: Perine was waived off Cincinnati's 53-man roster Thursday but will remain with the organization after going unclaimed on waivers. The 2017 fourth-round pick primarily played special teams during his six games on the active roster.

Oct 18, 2019 2:21 PM EST

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