Samaje Perine

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

Samaje Perine News

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

Resurfaces in running attack

Perine carried five times for 20 yards and caught two of three targets for 17 yards Sunday in the Bengals' 41-16 loss to the Browns.

Analysis: After Joe Mixon handled all the running-back carries in the Week 8 loss to the Jets, Perine re-entered the picture Week 9, though three of his totes came with fewer than five minutes remaining while the Browns sat on a 25-point lead. With that in mind, Perine's usage on the ground looks like it could take a hit or disappear entirely in more competitive contests, though the 26-year-old may still have an edge on Mixon for work on obvious passing downs. Perine was on the field for 11 of the Bengals' 13 third-down snaps against Cleveland, after playing eight of 10 in Week 8.

Nov 10, 2021 8:12 AM EST

Minimal usage in loss

Perine played only 14 offensive snaps in the Week 8 loss to the Jets without netting a carry, but did catch two passes for 16 yards.

Analysis: This was a bit of a surprise, given Perine's usage the previous week against the Ravens, plus the absence of Chris Evans. It's a sign that the Bengals believe Joe Mixon's ankle is fully healed, as this was the level that Perine was playing at prior to the injury.

Nov 2, 2021 4:30 PM EST

Could split time with Perine

Perine is expected to split snaps and touches out of the backfield with starter Joe Mixon is Sunday's game against the Jets, Charlie Goldsmith of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Analysis: After a one-game absence following a positive COVID-19 test, Perine impressed in the Week 7 upset of Baltimore while playing 48 percent of the offensive snaps. The Oklahoma product carried 11 times for 52 yards and a touchdown while turning his lone target into a 23-yard reception, potentially earning himself another sizable share of work behind Mixon in Week 8. Though the Bengals' 24-point margin of victory against the Ravens likely had a hand in Perine seeing extra reps, a similar game script could play out Sunday against the 1-6 Jets, as Cincinnati enters the matchup as one of the weekend's biggest favorites. Perine's case for seeing continued involvement is aided by the fact that his top challenger for the backup role, Chris Evans (hamstring), is inactive.

Oct 31, 2021 9:21 AM EST

Scores long TD late

Perine rushed 11 times for 52 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 41-17 win over the Ravens.

Analysis: Perine turned in his best performance of the season in this one, but his final stat line may be deceiving. The veteran back received a huge uptick in touches -- 11 to starter Joe Mixon's 12 -- due to the blowout nature of the contest in the fourth quarter. Not to take anything away from his production, but the majority of his positive gains came on a 46-yard touchdown scamper late in the final period. The big play may earn Perine a few more looks next week against the Jets, but fantasy managers should not overreact to what might end up being an anomaly outing for the backup.

Oct 24, 2021 2:09 PM EST

Week 7 role unclear

Cincinnati head coach Zac Taylor confirmed Perine will be available for Sunday's game against the Ravens, but the running back won't have a set role for the Week 7 matchup, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports.

Analysis: After a week-long stint on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Perine returned to practice Thursday and looks to be back to full speed. Though Perine had served as the clear No. 2 back behind starter Joe Mixon through the first five games, his absence in the Week 6 win over the Lions allowed rookie Chris Evans to see his largest role to date. Evans was efficient with his 16 snaps (four carries for 18 yards, three receptions for 49 yards and a touchdown), and his strong showing may have allowed him to leapfrog Perine in the pecking order. Taylor noted that Evans and Perine are both capable pass catchers, runners and blockers, so no particular game script would seem to suit one better than the other.

Oct 22, 2021 3:51 PM EST

Returns from COVID list

The Bengals reinstated Perine (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday.

Analysis: Perine had resided on the list since Oct. 11 after testing positive for the virus. Now that he's completed a quarantine and has cleared all health and safety protocols, Perine should be ready to go for Sunday's game against the Ravens. Chris Evans served as the top backup to Joe Mixon in last week's win over Detroit, but Perine could reclaim the No. 2 role Week 7, especially after Evans was limited in practice Wednesday with a hamstring injury.

Oct 21, 2021 6:48 AM EST

Not playing Sunday

Perine was not activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list and thus will not be eligible to play Sunday against the Lions.

Analysis: Perine needed to be activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday in order to have a shot at playing. Instead the team opted to elevate Trayveon Williams from the practice squad with the intention of acting as Joe Mixon's (ankle) primary backup. Perine saw a season-high 11 carries in the Week 5 loss to the Packers, but that workload was largely due to Mixon's ankle sprain and is not expected to translate to Williams with the star back on the mend.

Oct 16, 2021 2:37 PM EST

Tests positive for virus

Perine's placement on the reserve/COVID-19 list earlier Monday was the result of a positive test, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Since Perine was deactivated as a result of a positive test rather than through contact-tracing reasons, he's unlikely to clear the NFL's COVID-19 protocol ahead of the Bengals' next game Sunday in Detroit. The development is a less-than-ideal one for the Bengals, given that top back Joe Mixon was able to handle only a limited role in the Week 5 loss to the Packers while managing an ankle injury. While Mixon's workload was restricted, Perine picked up a season-high 11 carries and gained 59 yards. He also drew five targets, hauling in four of them for 24 yards and a score. With Perine sidelined and Mixon banged up, rookie Chris Evans is the only healthy back on the roster, so expect Cincinnati to add another body at the position ahead of the matchup with the Lions.

Oct 11, 2021 1:48 PM EST

Placed on COVID-19 list

Perine was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday.

Analysis: Perine racked up 73 yards from scrimmage and reached the end zone in Sunday's overtime loss to the Packers, but he'll have to spend some time away from the team after being placed on the COVID-19 list. It's not yet clear whether he's tested positive for the virus or whether he's considered a close contact, and the Bengals haven't revealed when the 26-year-old will be able to return.

Oct 11, 2021 10:05 AM EST

Good in expanded role

Perine rushed 11 times for 59 yards and caught four of five targets for 24 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 25-22 overtime loss to the Packers.

Analysis: Perine opened the scoring with a four-yard touchdown reception and proceeded to lead Cincinnati's backfield despite starter Joe Mixon playing through an ankle injury. Whereas Mixon managed 35 scrimmage yards and a score from his 11 touches, Perine comfortably set season highs across the board, taking advantage of his newfound opportunity. Although it's possible Mixon gets closer to full health to command a larger workload in Week 6 versus the winless Lions, Perine's performance Sunday could garner him more chances to show his stuff from his second-string role.

Oct 10, 2021 3:59 PM EST

Mixon back in the mix

Perine will potentially have to share the backfield with Joe Mixon (ankle) on Sunday against the Packers, as Mixon is active for the contest.

Analysis: Perine was at one point thought to have a larger role in Week 5, as Mixon suffered an ankle injury last week against Jacksonville and didn't log a single practice as a result. That ultimately won't prevent Mixon from taking the field, but Ian Rapoport of NFL Network did note early Sunday morning that the team's typical RB1 "won't be at 100 percent." Perine has yet to see more than 24 percent of the snap share in any single game this season, but that could be headed for an increase Sunday if there's any truth to Rapoport's assertion.

Oct 10, 2021 9:00 AM EST

More playing time this week?

Perine had three carries for seven yards and one catch for 15 yards in Week 4 against the Jaguars, but he's next in line for playing time should Joe Mixon's low-ankle sprain sideline him in Week 5.

Analysis: Most of Perine's playing time (13 offensive snaps) came on the Bengals' final drive Thursday night. Even if Mixon plays this week, Perine will probably carry more than his usual load.

Oct 4, 2021 6:14 PM EST

Limited opportunities

Perine played nine offensive snaps in Sunday's win over the Steelers, netting one carry and one catch for a total of seven yards.

Analysis: So far the Bengals have held firm that Joe Mixon is a workhorse back, and the tiny remainder has been split between Perine and Chris Evans. It'll take an injury to Mixon for Perine to be a factor.

Sep 28, 2021 4:42 PM EST

Plays three offensive snaps

Perine failed to secure his one target and did not record a single rushing attempt in Sunday's 20-17 loss to the Bears.

Analysis: Perine was a non-factor in Bengals offensive attack, playing only three snaps on offense. Joe Mixon, on the other hand, continues to be the focal point in the running game while playing on 46 offensive snaps in the contest. With such little usage, Perine remains far off the fantasy radar. The 26-year-old would need an injury to Mixon to create a possible path to fantasy relevance.

Sep 21, 2021 9:28 PM EST

Limited workload Saturday

Perine gained five yards on three carries in Saturday's preseason win over the Buccaneers.

Analysis: The 25-year-old handled only the Bengals' second possession after Joe Mixon was on the field for the first, and the fact that Perine didn't see more snaps is a good sign he's locked into the No. 2 spot on the depth chart. He had a big finish to 2020, but Perine would need another Mixon injury to see significant touches during the regular season.

Aug 15, 2021 5:21 AM EST

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

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