Samaje Perine

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

Samaje Perine News

Limited work in win

Perine had four carries for three yards and three catches for 19 yards on four targets in Sunday's win over the Patriots.

Analysis: Perine took a backseat to Joe Mixon on Sunday, after carrying a heavier workload in previous games. Is this a harbinger of the workload split in weeks to come, or just how it worked out this week? The Bengals jumped out to a big lead early, which might have dictated their usage between the two backs.

Dec 24, 2022 10:39 PM EST

Eight touches in win

Perine had seven carries for 24 yards and one reception for no gain in Sunday's 34-23 win over the Buccaneers.

Analysis: In Joe Mixon's second game back from a two-game absence due to a concussion, Perine saw 38 percent of Cincinnati's offensive snaps compared to the latter's 64 percent. Perine ultimately received half as many touches compared to his backfield mate, while New England's stout run defense doesn't provide a particularly appetizing matchup in Week 16.

Dec 20, 2022 12:15 PM EST

Scores in Week 14 win

Perine had four carries for 22 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's win over the Browns. He also had one catch for two yards on five targets.

Analysis: On the touchdown, Perine broke a tackle and seemingly caught the Browns off-guard by bouncing outside. Perine had two drops among those five targets. With Joe Mixon back, Perine was back to a secondary role, but at least the red zone work made him fantasy-viable.

Dec 11, 2022 2:31 PM EST

Could be involved with Mixon back

Perine will cede starting running back duties to Joe Mixon in Sunday's game against the Browns after the latter practiced fully Wednesday and cleared the NFL's concussion protocol, but Perine may have earned a larger role than he previously held after excelling as a replacement for Mixon over the past two games, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: According to Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic, head coach Zac Taylor already confirmed Wednesday that Mixon would reclaim the starting role, even though Perine amassed 248 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown on 48 touches (38 carries, 10 catches) over the previous two weeks while helping the Bengals knock off likely playoff teams in the Titans and Chiefs. Before exiting early in the Bengals' Week 11 win over the Steelers, Mixon had played more than two-thirds of the snaps in each of the team's first nine contests, but it's possible a more even timeshare between him and Perine may be in place Sunday. Perine demonstrated over the last two games that he's capable of filling in on both early and passing downs while churning out yardage efficiently, making him a reliable fill-in option if Mixon should need a breather during a given possession. That said, Perine can't be counted on to see enough touches to make him a viable fantasy lineup option outside of deeper leagues now that Mixon is back in the picture.

Dec 8, 2022 11:36 AM EST

100-yard day

Perine had 21 carries for 106 yards, along with six catches for another 49 yards in the Bengals' win over the Chiefs.

Analysis: Time-and-again Perine converted first downs against the Chiefs, often breaking tackles in the process. The only thing he didn't do was get into the end zone, instead seeing Chris Evans get the go-ahead receiving touchdown in the fourth quarter. Even if/when Joe Mixon returns next week, Perine has likely earned a bigger role in the Bengals offense than he had prior to Mixon's concussion.

Dec 4, 2022 5:37 PM EST

Set to fill in for Mixon

With Joe Mixon (concussion) inactive for Sunday's game against the Chiefs, Perine is in line to see an expanded role in the Bengals' Week 13 backfield.

Analysis: While Mixon was sideline in last weekend's 20-16 win over the Titans, Perine logged 17 carries for 58 yards and a TD to go along with four catches (on seven targets) for 35 yards. This time around Perine figures to log the bulk of the Bengals' backfield touches once again, with Trayveon Williams and Chris Evans on hand in reserve, a context that gives the 2017 fourth-rounder Week 13 fantasy lineup utility.

Dec 4, 2022 12:11 PM EST

Appears poised for another start

Perine is tentatively on track to serve as Cincinnati's lead back for Sunday's game against the Chiefs with Joe Mixon listed as questionable but not expected to clear the NFL's five-step concussion protocol in advance of the 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Mixon still has a few more hours to potentially gain clearance from an independent neurologist, but after he was able to practice only on a limited basis this week, the Bengals may not be keen on handing him his typical workload even if he defies the odds and plays Sunday. With that in mind, Perine looks in store for a three-down role for the second game in a row, after he played 80 percent of the snaps on offense in last week's 20-16 win over the Titans. Perine carried a season-high 17 times for 58 yards and a touchdown in the win and hauled in four of his seven targets for 35 yards.

Dec 4, 2022 5:45 AM EST

Carries load for Bengals

Perine had 17 carries for 58 yards and a touchdown, along with four catches for 35 yards in Sunday's win over the Titans.

Analysis: Perine's yards per carry (3.4) aren't very impressive, but he earned some very tough first downs in short-yardage situations and got stronger as the game progressed. He's unlikely to supplant Joe Mixon (concussion) when Mixon is ready to return, but he'll continue to earn opportunities to spell him at times.

Nov 27, 2022 2:18 PM EST

Set for expanded role Sunday

With Joe Mixon (concussion) ruled out, per Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site, Perine is in line to see an expanded workload Sunday against the Titans.

Analysis: Also in the mix to see Week 12 backfield snaps for the Bengals are Chris Evans and Trayveon Williams, but Perine figures to lead the way Sunday, a context that boosts his fantasy prospects this weekend. In relief of Mixon in the Bengals' 37-30 win over the Steelers in Week 11, Perine recorded 11 carries for 30 yards and caught all four of his targets for 52 yards and three touchdowns.

Nov 25, 2022 10:13 AM EST

Three receiving touchdowns

Perine came up big in relief of an injured Joe Mixon on Sunday, catching four passes for 52 yards and three touchdowns, along with 11 carries for 30 yards.

Analysis: Mixon left late in the first half with a concussion, and Perine took over the majority of the running back duties. Trayveon Williams also chipped in with two late carries. If Mixon can't return next week, Perine will be a priority pickup, albeit with a tough matchup on the road against the Titans.

Nov 20, 2022 4:57 PM EST

More work in blowout win

Perine had six carries for 51 yards and one catch for three more yards in Sunday's romp over Carolina.

Analysis: Perine was able to play 25 offensive snaps, with Joe Mixon resting after scoring a whopping five times. The Bengals rested most of their offensive starters with a little under 4:00 remaining in the third quarter.

Nov 8, 2022 11:19 AM EST

Barely involved against Falcons

Perine had just one carry for zero yards and two catches for eight yards in Sunday's win over the Falcons.

Analysis: Once again, Joe Mixon handled the lion's share of the offensive snaps and the carries for the Bengals. Perine has just seven touches combined over the last two weeks.

Oct 24, 2022 1:46 PM EST

Minimal involvement in win

Perine had two carries for five yards and caught both of his targets for 11 yards in Sunday's 30-26 win over the Saints.

Analysis: Perine played just 14 of the Bengals' 57 offensive snaps while starting running back Joe Mixon was on the field for 41 snaps. Though Cincinnati has struggled on the ground this season, the team is committed to giving Mixon the opportunity to get going. For that reason, Perine will likely continue to see limited action in relief of Mixon. The 27-year-old will look to make the most of his touches when the Bengals host the Falcons in Week 7.

Oct 18, 2022 7:55 PM EST

Good to go Week 6

Perine (abdomen) was a full practice participant Friday and doesn't have a designation for Sunday's game in New Orleans.

Analysis: As usual, Perine thus appears on track to handle No. 2 duties out of the backfield behind three-down workhorse Joe Mixon. The role hasn't translated to much playing time or consistent touches for Perine, who is averaging just three carries and two receptoins per game and hasn't seen the field for more than one-third of the snaps on offense in any of the Bengals' first five contests.

Oct 14, 2022 1:29 PM EST

Limited with abdomen injury

Perine was a limited practice participant Wednesday due to an abdomen injury, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Perine filled his usual role in the Week 5 loss to Baltimore, taking seven touches for 56 yards while playing 17 snaps off the bench behind Joe Mixon. The ability to practice in any capacity at the beginning of the week suggests Perine should be ready for a similar role this Sunday in New Orleans. If not, the Bengals can turn to Chris Evans to sub in for Mixon on third downs and give him the occasional breather on early downs.

Oct 12, 2022 1:32 PM EST

Busy when on field

Perine had three carries for 17 yards and another four catches for 39 yards in Sunday night's loss to the Ravens.

Analysis: Perine only played 17 offensive snaps, so he was fairly active for those snaps. The Bengals did a better job of getting Joe Mixon going last week, so this sort of playing time ratio is likely to continue for Perine.

Oct 11, 2022 11:15 AM EST

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

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