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.
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.
Sample caught an eight-yard touchdown pass in Sunday's 37-31 win over the Texans. The 2019 second-round pick has produced some notable games this season with C.J. Uzomah (Achilles) out of the picture, but this was his first trip to the end zone. Sample has now produced a 38-334-1 line on 50 targets this season.
Sample had three catches for 21 yards on four targets in Sunday's loss to the Cowboys. Sample's activity has picked up the last four weeks, as he's had four or more targets each of those games, but that hasn't translated into that much production. He still doesn't have a touchdown this season, and his highest yardage total in a game has been 52 yards.
Sample secured all seven targets for 49 yards in the Bengals' 19-7 loss to the Dolphins on Sunday. Sample surprisingly tied Tee Higgins for the team lead in targets while setting the pace in receptions, with slot receiver Tyler Boyd's first-half ejection likely playing a pivotal part in the tight end's elevated role. Sample has had numerous solid efforts during his second season, but Sunday's catch tally tied a career high, while his target total checked in as his second highest of the season. His production is likely to continue fluctuating week to week, but he could enjoy relatively robust volume again in a favorable Week 14 matchup against the Cowboys, especially considering current Bengals quarterbacks Brandon Allen (chest) and Ryan Finley have run conservative attacks thus far in place of Joe Burrow (IR, knee).
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|8||10/31||@New York Jets||24||9.40|
|11||11/21||@Las Vegas Raiders||25||10.00|
|13||12/05||Los Angeles Chargers||31||11.33|
|14||12/12||San Francisco 49ers||7||4.60|
|17||01/02||Kansas City Chiefs||28||11.00|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||30||22||190||0||8||8.64||19|