Samaje Perine

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

Samaje Perine News

No production in loss

Perine had two carries for zero yards and failed to catch his lone target Sunday during the loss to the Rams in Super Bowl LVI.

Analysis: Perine played only 13 offensive snaps Sunday, with his most impactful play being a zero-yard run on third down late in the fourth quarter, which helped set up Cincinnati's turnover on downs a play later. The 26-year-old caught three passes for 43 yards and a touchdown during the AFC Championship Game but was unable to replicate that production in the Super Bowl. Perine totaled 55 carries for 246 yards and 27 receptions for 196 yards and two total touchdowns in 16 games during the regular season, and he remains under contract with the Bengals for $1.5 million in 2022.

Feb 14, 2022 2:49 PM EST

Finds end zone on long reception

Perine recorded three receptions on four targets for 43 yards in Sunday's 27-24 win over Kansas City in the AFC Championship Game.

Analysis: Perine didn't see a single carry, with Joe Mixon instead seeing all the work out of the backfield on the ground. However, he scored ona 41-yard screen pass late in the first half, which began Cincinnati's comeback effort. Perine isn't likely to see a major role in the Super Bowl, though he's flashed effectiveness as a pass catcher at various points throughout the campaign.

Jan 30, 2022 4:41 PM EST

One carry against Raiders

Perine had one carry for two yards without any targets in the passing game in Saturday's playoff win over the Raiders.

Analysis: Perine occasionally was in the game on third down for Joe Mixon, but for the most part it was the Mixon show. Teammate Chris Evans got as much work as Perine.

Jan 16, 2022 1:01 PM EST

No offensive snaps in Week 18

Perine did not play a single offensive snap in Sunday's 21-16 loss to the Browns.

Analysis: Perine was reported to be the Bengals' starting running back in Week 18 with Joe Mixon on the reserve/COVID-19 list, but this never came to fruition. Instead, Perine failed to log an offensive snap while playing 16 snaps on special teams. Nonetheless, fellow running backs Chris Evans and Trayveon Williams carried the load for Cincinnati in the season finale. Perine finished the season with 55 rushes for 246 yards and one touchdown, adding 27 catches for 196 yards and a score. The 26-year-old is under contract through the 2022 season and will become a free agent in the following year. Though he likely won't find himself as a starter barring injury, he has proven to more capable backup when called upon. With a wild card playoff matchup against the Raiders, Perine will likely serve as the team's top backup with Mixon healthy.

Jan 12, 2022 5:47 AM EST

Likely starting Week 18

Perine likely will work as Cincinnati's lead back Sunday against the Browns, after teammate Joe Mixon tested positive for COVID-19, Chase Goodbread of reports.

Analysis: It'll presumably be Mixon's first absence of the season, with the Bengals unlikely to rush him back even if he's able to quickly clear COVID-19 protocols. QB Joe Burrow said he'll be rested for the playoffs, so it's a good bet other key Bengals will be held out or limited this Sunday. Still, it's an excellent opportunity for Perine, who has 55 carries for 246 yards (4.5 YPC) and a touchdown this season, plus 27 catches for 196 yards on 31 targets. He's seen a lot of his playing time on third downs with Mixon enjoying a relatively healthy season, but the 240-pounder is far from a passing-down specialist. Cincinnati's other RB options sans Mixon would be rookie Chris Evans and Trayveon Williams.

Jan 5, 2022 12:39 PM EST

One catch, one carry

Perine had one catch for 10 yards and one carry for four yards in Sunday's win over the Chiefs.

Analysis: Perine was on the field for 20 offensive snaps, but wasn't used all that frequently. It'll be interesting to see if the Bengals try to preserve Joe Mixon next week at Cleveland, given that they've clinched the division.

Jan 3, 2022 4:27 PM EST

Barely plays

Perine saw just 11 snaps in Sunday's win over the Ravens, netting zero carries and two catches for six yards.

Analysis: The Bengals essentially eschewed the running game in this one, given how successful Joe Burrow was in the passing game against the Ravens' skeleton crew secondary. Moreover, Joe Mixon's ankle proved to be just fine, so there was little need for Perine to spell him.

Dec 28, 2021 2:27 PM EST

Watching Mixon's status

Perine would be next in line to start for the Bengals at running back if Joe Mixon (ankle) can't go. Perine had four carries for 30 yards and two catches for 13 yards in the Week 15 win over the Broncos.

Analysis: Mixon twice came off the field due to the ankle injury last Sunday, but was on for the last snap, which was a kneel-down. The Bengals said that they'd limit his workload in practice to start the week. So it's possible still that Perine could start this week.

Dec 21, 2021 3:18 PM EST

Heavily involved in passing game

Perine carried four times for 11 yards and caught four of five targets for 22 yards during Sunday's 26-23 overtime loss to the 49ers.

Analysis: Perine was the primary backup behind Joe Mixon once again, but that label offers little fantasy potential, as Mixon is a true bell cow back for the Bengals. The fifth-year pro's involvement in the passing game continues to be a bright spot, but he likely only offers fantasy value as a handcuff to Mixon.

Dec 14, 2021 1:12 PM EST

Minimal workload in loss

Perine carried five times for 36 yards and caught both of his targets for five yards in Sunday's 41-22 loss to the Chargers.

Analysis: Perine's limited role in Sunday's loss to the Chargers is the result of Joe Mixon operating as a true bell-cow back for the Bengals. Though he offers little value for fantasy, Perine would likely lead Cincinnati's backfield in touches if Mixon were to suffer an injury. The 26-year-old is worth a stash as Mixon's handcuff.

Dec 8, 2021 6:51 AM EST

Tiny workload

Perine had just three carries and one catch on 10 snaps despite the Bengals benching their offensive starters for most of the fourth quarter in their blowout win over the Steelers.

Analysis: Teammate Joe Mixon is a full-on bell-cow back right now, so Perine's opportunities to produce are extremely limited.

Nov 29, 2021 7:55 PM EST

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

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