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September 22, 2020 07:12 PM
Bengals' Drew Sample: Permanent role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

With C.J. Uzomah out for the season, Sample is in line for a permanent role at tight end with the Bengals, sharing the snaps with Cethan Carter and Mason Schreck.

It was a bit of a surprise that the Bengals took Sample in the second round last season, especially as he had little in the way of receiving history at the University of Washington. Now with Uzomah out, Sample has been thrust into a prominent role as a check-down option for Joe Burrow beginning with a matchup against the Eagles, which just gave up three touchdowns to the Rams' Tyler Higbee last week.

September 18, 2020 12:48 AM
Bengals' Drew Sample: Co-team-high catch total in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sample secured seven of 10 targets for 45 yards in the Bengals' 35-30 loss to the Browns on Thursday.

The 2019 second-round pick's role in the passing game quickly become more prominent upon C.J. Uzomah's Achilles injury in the fourth quarter. Sample caught several short passes down the stretch as Joe Burrow checked down underneath against the Browns' nickel and dime defenses, and he was able to make good uses of his opportunities overall. The University of Washington product saw his rookie season cut short due to a Week 10 ankle injury, but if Uzomah's injury is deemed to be a long-term one, Sample would be set for primary tight end duties in his absence beginning with a Week 3 road battle against the Eagles on Sunday, Sept. 27.

June 23, 2020 09:44 PM
Bengals' Drew Sample: Clean bill of health
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sample (ankle) is healthy and ready to go for 2020, James Rapien of Sports Illustrated reports.

Sample's rookie season with the Bengals was cut short after he suffered a high-ankle sprain in Week 10, but prior to that he had accrued just 30 yards on five receptions. The 24-year-old was selected by Cincinnati in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Despite playing a limited role on offense last season, Tyler Eifert's departure for Jacksonville could open up an expanded role in 2020. Sample will presumably compete with C.J. Uzomah for playing time and targets.

April 8, 2020 12:16 PM
Bengals' Drew Sample: Ticketed for expanded role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Bengals expect Sample (ankle) to handle a larger role in 2020, Paul Dehner of The Athletic reports.

The 2019 second-round pick operated as the Bengals' No. 3 tight end during his rookie season, recording five catches on 108 offensive snaps in nine games before a high-ankle sprain sent him to injured reserve. He'll now have a chance to take on some of the work that previously went to Tyler Eifert, who saw 63 targets last season before signing with the Jaguars in March. C.J. Uzomah is also a candidate to handle some of those snaps and targets, and he'll likely line up as the No. 1 tight end whenever practices begin. The Bengals may also add to their tight-end room during the 2020 NFL Draft, but Dehner believes it isn't one of the team's bigger priorities. Sample should have plenty of time to recover from his high-ankle sprain, if he hasn't already.

December 7, 2019 10:20 PM
Bengals' Drew Sample: Lands on IR
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sample (ankle) was placed on injured reserve by the Bengals on Saturday, Tyler Dragon of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Sample suffered a high-ankle sprain Nov. 11 in a matchup with the Ravens. The severity of the injury will keep him out for the remainder of the year. Drafted in the second round, the rookie tight end will finish his season with five receptions for 30 yards in nine games.

December 6, 2019 01:52 PM
Bengals' Drew Sample: Ruled out again
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sample (ankle) is ruled out for Sunday's tilt against the Browns, Tyler Dragon of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Sample is set to miss a fourth straight game due to his lingering right ankle injury. The Bengals will roll with Tyler Eifert, C.J. Uzomah, Mason Schreck and Cethan Carter at the tight end position in Cleveland on Sunday.

November 29, 2019 02:32 PM
Bengals' Drew Sample: Remains out Week 13
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sample (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Jets, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.

Sample will miss his third straight game since suffering the right ankle injury Week 10 against the Ravens. Tyler Eifert and C.J. Uzomah are the team's only healthy tight ends since Cethan Carter (concussion) also has been ruled out.

November 12, 2019 07:52 PM
Bengals' Drew Sample: Dealing with serious ankle issue
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sample has a high-ankle sprain, and he's considered a candidate for IR, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Sample will undergo additional testing to determine a timeline for his return, but the winless Bengals may opt to shut down their rookie second-rounder to avoid him unnecessarily aggravating the injury. The nature of the injury will keep him out at least through Week 11's matchup against the Raiders. Cethan Carter will work as the No. 3 tight end in Sample's place.

November 11, 2019 02:44 PM
Bengals' Drew Sample: Sports walking boot
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sample wore a boot on his right foot after injuring his ankle during Sunday's loss to the Ravens, Ben Baby of reports.

Sample didn't return after sustaining this injury Sunday, and his status is uncertain for Week 11's matchup against the Raiders. We'll know more when the Bengals release their first official injury report following Wednesday's practice. Sample has five catches for 30 yards this year, and Cethan Carter would bump into the No. 3 role if Sample's unable to play.

November 10, 2019 02:20 PM
Bengals' Drew Sample: Injures ankle Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sample was forced out of Sunday's game against the Ravens with an ankle injury, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.

Sample hauled in a three-yard pass before exiting the contest. If he's unable to return, Cethan Carter could see an increase in duties behind Tyler Eifert and C.J. Uzomah.

September 16, 2019 03:36 PM
Bengals' Drew Sample: First NFL receptions
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sample had two catches for 25 yards in Sunday's loss to the Niners.

After virtually being absent from the offensive game plan Week 1, Sample saw some targets in garbage time this week. The 2019 second-round pick could spend a lot of time learning the ropes this year, with an eye on getting more asked of him in 2020.

August 11, 2019 11:24 AM
Bengals' Drew Sample: Mental errors in first game action
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sample hauled in one pass on three targets for seven yards in the team's first preseason game against the Chiefs on Saturday.

Sample managed to haul in his first pass in game action, a seven-yard reception from Jeff Driskel. Unfortunately, he stood out more for mental mistakes, as he was penalized for a false start as well as offensive pass interference. Overall, the second-round pick failed to take advantage of his first chance to make a positive game-situation impression on his new team.

April 27, 2019 12:16 AM
Bengals' Drew Sample: Heading to Cincy
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Bengals selected Sample in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft, 52nd overall.

Sample is the second tight end taken in the second round and fourth player off the board at his position overall. His production at Washington is far from eye-popping -- he had 25 catches for 252 yards and three scores in his best and final season. An argument could be made that he was somewhat underutilized in the passing game, however. Still, Sample's best quality could be his blocking, which should help him see early playing time. Tyler Eifert still projects as the starting tight end in Cincinnati, but his lack of durability means that Sample can still have a role as a rookie.

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