Perine had five carries for 22 yards and one catch for seven yards in Sunday's overtime win over the Vikings. Perine was limited to 15 offensive snaps, compared to 54 for Joe Mixon. The good news for Perine is that he's clearly the top backup to Mixon, as teammate Chris Evans didn't get any snaps on offense. The bad news is that the Bengals followed through on their intent to make Mixon a workhorse.
Perine gained five yards on three carries in Saturday's preseason win over the Buccaneers. 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. Perine had a big finish to 2020 but would need another Mixon injury to see significant touches during the regular season.
Perine should have a role in the Cincinnati offense this season, according to Jay Morrison of The Athletic. 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.
Perine re-signed Wednesday with the Bengals on a two-year deal, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports. Perine proved himself as a capable depth piece last season, averaging 4.8 yards per carry while working behind Giovani Bernard after Joe Mixon went down with a foot injury. He'll likely handle a similar role going forward, with the potential opportunity to compete against Bernard for the top backup spot this offseason.
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. Perine isn't especially fast or shifty, but he proved capable as the backup to Giovani Bernard after Joe Mixon got hurt. Perine is a free agent this offseason.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|5||10/10||Green Bay Packers||22||20.00|
|8||10/31||@New York Jets||20||18.00|
|11||11/21||@Las Vegas Raiders||28||25.00|
|13||12/05||Los Angeles Chargers||9||9.00|
|14||12/12||San Francisco 49ers||32||33.00|
|17||01/02||Kansas City Chiefs||31||33.00|
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