Samaje Perine

Samaje Perine

Running Back #32
Team: Cincinnati Bengals
Ht / Wt:5'11" / 233 lb.
College:Oklahoma
Age:24
Born:September 16, 1995
Drafted:2017 / Rd. 4 (114)
Draft Team:WAS

Samaje Perine: 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.

April 28, 2020 2:18 PM EST

Samaje Perine: 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.

April 26, 2020 3:56 PM EST

Samaje Perine: 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.

January 2, 2020 10:26 AM EST

Samaje Perine: 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.

December 23, 2019 4:07 PM EST

Samaje Perine: 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.

October 18, 2019 2:21 PM EST

Samaje Perine: Let go by Bengals

The Bengals waived Perine on Thursday.

Analysis: Perine appeared in all six contests for Cincinnati this season, contributing on special teams during that stretch. Defensive end Anthony Zettel will take his spot on the 53-man roster.

October 17, 2019 8:55 AM EST

Samaje Perine: Special teams only

Perine once again was limited to special teams duty only in the Bengals' Week 2 loss to the Niners.

Analysis: Perine's roster spot could be in jeopardy once Trayveon Williams is ready to suit up - it's pretty clear he's not in the Bengals' offensive plans.

September 16, 2019 11:09 AM EST

Samaje Perine: Virtually unused Sunday

Perine saw just one snap against the Seahawks on Sunday and wasn't given a carry.

Analysis: The new addition from the Redskins was up against it with a short time to learn the Bengals offense, but even after Joe Mixon got hurt in the third quarter, the Bengals still didn't look for him.

September 9, 2019 11:13 PM EST

Samaje Perine: Rejoins Mixon in Cincinnati

The Bengals claimed Perine off waivers Sunday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Perine earned steady praise from Redskins coach Jay Gruden throughout spring and summer, but the team ultimately didn't need another power runner behind Derrius Guice and Adrian Peterson. The 2017 fourth-round pick now gets a better opportunity in Cincinnati, where Rodney Anderson just suffered a season-ending knee injury and fellow rookie Trayveon Williams is dealing with a foot issue. Perine will slot in third or fourth on the depth chart, behind college teammate Joe Mixon and No. 2 running back Giovani Bernard.

September 1, 2019 10:01 AM EST

Samaje Perine: Released by Redskins

Perine was released by the Redskins on Saturday,John Keim of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: It's not entirely surprising to see Perine hit waivers considering the Redskins utilized Byron Marshall and Craig Reynolds extensively in the fourth preseason game in lieu of the 2017 fourth-round pick. A dismal 3.4 yards-per-carry average in his rookie season seemed to doom Perine from the start, as the third year back was completely relegated to a depth piece last season despite a season-ending injuries to both Chris Thompson and Derrius Guice during different junctures of the campaign. The 23-year-old could catch on as a backup with another team, but he'd have to fall into an awfully desperate situation to be considered someone of fantasy value in 2019.

August 31, 2019 10:01 AM EST

Samaje Perine: Finishes up with 13 yards

Perine ran for 13 yards on five carries during Thursday's 20-7 preseason loss to Baltimore.

Analysis: Perine was quiet for much of Thursday as Washington gave extra opportunities to guys like Byron Marshall and Craig Reynolds, players competing with Perine for the RB4 job, should it even exist. The Oklahoma product saw his usage plummet in 2018 as compared to his rookie season, 197 touches to 11 and that was before Derrius Guice entered the fold while healthy. It wouldn't be too surprising to see his tenure end after Thursday.

August 29, 2019 8:49 PM EST

Samaje Perine: Back at practice

Perine (undisclosed) was spotted at practice Monday, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Perine slots in behind Derrius Guice, Chris Thompson and Adrian Peterson on Washington's running back depth chart, which limits his fantasy utility for now, but his return to practice Monday will at least allow him to attempt to secure his role as a depth option in the team's backfield.

August 26, 2019 9:00 AM EST

Samaje Perine: Working with rehab group Sunday

Perine worked out on the side of Sunday's practice due to an undisclosed injury, Kareem Copeland of The Washington Post reports.

Analysis: Perine hadn't shown any sign of injury prior to Sunday. The team has not expressed much concern over the running back's health and it may just be a minor issue. Perine is currently fighting for a depth spot with Washington and any prolonged absence will hurt his chances at the regular season roster.

August 25, 2019 8:50 AM EST

Samaje Perine: Accrues 14 yards from scrimmage

Perine notched six carries for 13 yards and gathered in one of two passes for one yard during Thursday's preseason loss in Cleveland.

Analysis: With all of Adrian Peterson (ankle), Derrius Guice and Chris Thompson not taking the field, Perine got the start at running back, but he didn't do much with the opportunity. Granted, Perine reeled off a 14-yard run that was nullified by penalty, but only two of his seven touches went for more than three yards. He likely will get plenty of opportunity to prove he belongs on the 53-man roster, but his climb to such a role is blocked by the aforementioned trio and 2019 fourth-round pick Bryce Love (knee).

August 9, 2019 7:42 PM EST

Samaje Perine: Impressing at OTAs

Coach Jon Gruden said Perine has been Washington's most impressive running back this spring, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Regardless, the third-year pro will be battling for a back-end roster spot in a position group that includes Derrius Guice (knee), Chris Thompson, Adrian Peterson and fourth-round pick Bryce Love (knee). There's a good chance the team stashes Love on injured reserve or the PUP list, potentially creating an opening for Perine to land the No. 4 spot if it exists.

June 7, 2019 6:35 AM EST

Samaje Perine: Facing tough roster odds

Perine is stuck in a crowded backfield with Adrian Peterson, Derrius Guice (knee) and Chris Thompson, Kyle Stackpole of the Redskins' official website reports.

Analysis: Guice's tricky rehab from a torn ACL and subsequent infection is the complicating factor, potentially opening a door for Perine, Byron Marshall or Russell Hansbrough to earn a role. Even so, it's hard to see how Perine fits the plan in Washington, considering he logged just 30 snaps on offense and 39 on special teams in 2018. The 2017 fourth-round pick will have a tough time earning a spot on the 53-man roster unless he establishes value as a blocker and coverage man on special teams. The Redskins likely would be happy to trade Perine, but there's no serious market for a one-dimensional running back with a carer mark of 3.5 yards per carry.

March 22, 2019 9:19 AM EST

Samaje Perine: Barely plays in second season

Perine finished 2018 with eight carries for 32 yards and three catches for five yards in five games.

Analysis: Disappointing as a rookie, the 2017 fourth-round pick spent most of his sophomore campaign serving as a healthy scratch. Perine likely will need to compete for a roster spot in 2019, though he could find an opening for a meaningful role if Adrian Peterson leaves Washington and Derrius Guice (knee) continues to struggle through the rehab process from a torn ACL.

January 1, 2019 9:09 AM EST

Samaje Perine: Healthy inactive

Perine (coach's decision) won't play in Saturday's game versus the Titans.

Analysis: Saturday's designation means Perine will miss his sixth straight game and fourth as a healthy inactive. Adrian Peterson, Chris Thompson and Byron Marshall will continue to field the touches out of the backfield.

December 22, 2018 12:25 PM EST

Samaje Perine: Healthy scratch Sunday

Perine (coach's decision) won't play in Sunday's game versus the Jaguars.

Analysis: Perine will sit out for his fifth straight game and his third as a healthy inactive. With Perine watching from the sidelines, Adrian Peterson, Chris Thompson and Byron Marshall will work in the backfield.

December 16, 2018 9:25 AM EST

Samaje Perine: Not available Week 14

Perine (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game versus the Giants, Kareem Copeland of The Washington Post reports.

Analysis: Perine's inclusion on the Redskins' inactive list is less surprising than that of Kapri Bibbs, who also is a healthy scratch. With the duo unavailable Sunday, Adrian Peterson, Chris Thompson and Byron Marshall will compose the options out of the backfield.

December 9, 2018 8:49 AM EST

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