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Player Outlook
Sample will compete to be the No. 2 tight end in Cincinnati this season behind Mike Gesicki, but Sample has minimal Fantasy value in that role. He's not worth drafting in most leagues. Sample, Tanner Hudson and a pair of rookies in Erick All and Tanner McLachlan will all compete for playing time with Gesicki, but Gesicki will likely lead Bengals tight ends in playing time and production. If Gesicki gets hurt then Sample could be Fantasy relevant, but then you can just add him off the waiver wire in that scenario.

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2023 22 163 7.41 2 0.00 241.4
2022 2 -2 -1.00 0.00
3y Avg. 12 81 6.75 1 0.00 60.5
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  • Bengals' Drew Sample: Lands three-year extension

    Sample has signed a three-year contract extension with the Bengals. Per Ben Baby of ESPN.com, the deal is worth $10.5 million. Sample is coming off a 2023 campaign in which he recorded 22 catches for 163 yards and two touchdowns in 17 regular-season games. While the 2019 second-rounder is back in the fold, Sample's potential workload and in turn fantasy upside in 2024 hinges on what other moves the Bengals make at the tight end position in free agency and the draft.
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  • Bengals' Drew Sample: Plays in all 17 games

    Sample played in all 17 games for the Bengals in 2023, recording 22 catches for 163 yards and two touchdowns. The tight end finished the season second on the depth chart behind Tanner Hudson. Sample will become an unrestricted free agent this offseason. Cincinnati does not yet have any tight ends under contract for 2024.
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  • Bengals' Drew Sample: Four targets in loss

    Sample caught three of four targets for 21 yards in Sunday's 25-17 loss to the Chiefs. Sample saw his highest snap share of the season Sunday, playing 72 percent of the Bengals' offensive snaps. The veteran tight end caught three passes for the second-straight week, but he continued his string of modest production this season. In 16 games, Sample has recorded just 20 receptions for 156 and two touchdowns. The 27-year-old will look to stay involved and finish the season on a high note when the Bengals host the Browns in Week 18.
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  • Bengals' Drew Sample: Three catches against Steelers

    Sample caught all three of his targets for 38 yards in Saturday's 34-11 loss to the Steelers. Sample's three receptions tied a season-high for the veteran, while his 38 yards were the most he's gained in a single contest in 2023. The 27-year-old played 55 percent of the Bengals' offensive snaps, ahead of both Tanner Hudson (50) and Mitchell Wilcox (23). Despite his increased involvement against the Steelers, Sample should remain far off the fantasy radar heading into a Week 17 matchup against the Chiefs.
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  • Bengals' Drew Sample: Blocking role

    Sample was targeted once on 40 offensive snaps in Saturday's overtime win over the Vikings. Frequently Sample lined up in the backfield to help pick up the numerous blitzes from the Vikings' Brian Flores-designed defense. He hasn't had more than two targets in a game since Week 10.
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  • Bengals' Drew Sample: Set to face Vikings

    Sample (illness) is listed as active for Saturday's game against the Vikings. Sample was a late addition to the Bengals' Week 15 injury report, but he'll give it a go Saturday and will continue to log tight end reps along with Tanner Hudson, Mitchell Wilcox and Irv Smith. In 13 games this season, Sample has logged a 14/97/2 receiving line on 17 targets, a pace that limits his fantasy utility to deep formats.
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  • Bengals' Drew Sample: Added to injury report

    The Bengals added Sample (illness) to the injury report Friday, listing him as questionable for Saturday's game against the Vikings, Charlie Goldsmith of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. If Sample were to miss Saturday's game, the Bengals' four-man weave at tight end would be reduced to three, featuring Tanner Hudson, Mitchell Wilcox and Irv Smith. Sample paced the group in playing time last week against the Colts, seeing action on 19 snaps.
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  • Bengals' Drew Sample: Decreasing snap share

    Sample had two catches for 19 yards while playing only 17 offensive snaps in Thursday's loss to the Ravens. Tanner Hudson's emergence has taken snaps away from both Sample and Irv Smith, and the 17 snaps on Thursday were Sample's lowest since Week 4.
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  • Bengals' Drew Sample: Minimal involvement in loss

    Sample secured his only target for minus-one yard in Sunday's 27-3 loss to the Titans. Sample was a nonfactor Sunday, seeing just one target for the second straight week. The veteran's 17 offensive snaps were the third-most among tight ends, with both Tanner Hudson and Mitchell Wilcox handling more snaps in the contest. Top tight end Irv Smith was ruled out for Week 4 with a hamstring injury, but Sample remained an afterthought in the Bengals' struggling offense. The 27-year-old should be left out of fantasy lineups going into a Week 5 matchup with the Cardinals.
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  • Bengals' Drew Sample: Staying in Cincinnati

    Sample re-signed a with the Bengals on a one-year deal Friday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Sample has spent the entirety of his four-year career in Cincinnati and will now be tied to the Bengals next season as well. The 26-year-old appeared in just two games last season before injuring both his MCL and PCL and logged two catches for minus-2 yards. Heading into next season, Sample will look to compete for playing time behind presumptive starter Irv Smith.
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  • Bengals' Drew Sample: Ends season on IR

    Sample recorded two catches for minus-2 yards over two appearances before missing the rest of the regular season and postseason while recovering from surgery to address MCL and PCL damage to his right knee. A second-round pick in 2019, Sample never developed into a major receiving option over the four years of his rookie deal. Though Sample could be at or near full health by the spring, the impending free agent isn't a lock to be retained by Cincinnati.
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  • Bengals' Drew Sample: Headed to IR

    Head coach Zac Taylor said the Bengals will place Sample (knee) on injured reserve in the next couple of days, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports. Sample underwent surgery on his right knee following the team's Week 2 loss to the Cowboys. His return timetable is unclear, but it's possible he'll miss the entire campaign after initial tests revealed damage to his MCL and PCL, per Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com. In Sample's absence, Mitchell Wilcox has stepped up as the Bengals' top backup tight end behind Hayden Hurst.
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  • Bengals' Drew Sample: Won't return Sunday

    Sample has been ruled out for the remainder of Sunday's game against the Cowboys due to a right knee injury. Sample hauled in his lone target for minus-4 yards to begin Sunday's matchup, but he sustained a knee injury in the second quarter and was unable to return. It's not yet clear whether he'll be available for the Bengals' Week 3 matchup against the Jets next Sunday.
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  • Bengals' Drew Sample: Full participant Wednesday

    Sample (ankle) was a full participant during Wednesday's practice. Sample had to be carted off the field after suffering a knee injury at the beginning of August, but the details of the issue were never released. The 2019 second-round pick missed the entire preseason, but he appears to be full go ahead of Week 1. If available Sunday, Sample is projected to be the primary backup behind newcomer Hayden Hurst to start the 2022 campaign.
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  • Bengals' Drew Sample: Returns to practice Wednesday

    Sample (knee) returned to practice Wednesday, Paul Dehner and Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports. Sample had to be carted off the practice field after suffering a knee injury at the beginning of August, but the details of the issue were never released. He was spotted with a brace and crutches later in the week, and Bengals head coach Zac Taylor said he'd be sidelined for a couple of weeks. The 2019 second-round pick sat out the entire preseason, but he appears to be ramping up after garnering pads for the first time since the initial injury. If healthy, Sample is expected to be the primary backup to newcomer Hayden Hurst to start the season.
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  • Bengals' Drew Sample: Wearing brace after knee injury

    Sample sported a brace on his leg and was walking with a crutch Friday after being carted off the field due to a knee injury in Thursday's practice, Kelsey Conway of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Ben Baby of ESPN adds that coach Zac Taylor expects Sample to miss a couple weeks as a result of the injury. Sample's left leg injury has been specified as a knee injury. Taylor's prognosis rules Sample out for the Aug. 12 preseason opener, but it's possible Sample could be healthy enough to play in the second preseason game against the Giants on Aug. 21.
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  • Bengals' Drew Sample: Good to go Sunday

    Sample (foot) does not have an injury designation heading into Sunday's game against Baltimore, per Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic. Sample did not practice Wednesday and was a limited participant Thursday, but he was able to return to a full session Friday. He'll take on his usual role as the Bengals' No. 2 tight end behind C.J. Uzomah on Sunday.
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  • Bengals' Drew Sample: Not targeted in win

    Sample failed to draw a target in Sunday's 41-10 win over the Steelers. Sample played 39 of the Bengals' 68 offensive snaps, just six fewer than starting tight end C.J. Uzomah. The 25-year-old usually isn't a big part of the Cincinnati passing attack even in competitive contests or in games when the Bengals are in catchup mode, but Sample's involvement was even more muted than normal with quarterback Joe Burrow attempting just 24 passes -- his second-fewest of the season -- in the blowout win. Instead, Joe Mixon and the running game was the focal point of the team's offense Week 12.
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  • Bengals' Drew Sample: Catches two passes

    Sample secured two of four targets for nine yards in Sunday's 25-22 loss to the Packers. Sample saw his first targets of the season Week 5, after going without a look on any of his 103 offensive snaps through the first four games. The 25-year-old logged 21 of the 67 offensive snaps Sunday, ranking a distant second at the position behind No. 1 tight end C.J. Uzomah (56). Sample is irrelevant for fantasy purposes, but an injury to Uzomah would clear a path to more opportunities within the offense.
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  • Bengals' Drew Sample: Behind Uzomah on depth chart

    Sample enters the season behind C.J. Uzomah on the Bengals' initial depth chart. Last season in the only game in which Uzomah was healthy, Sample saw action on 24 offensive snaps and received just one target. The Bengals run with an "11" formation as much as anyone in the NFL, so it's possible that Sample's workload will mirror what happened in Week 1 last season more than the workload he received after Uzomah got hurt.
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