Sample didn't catch his lone target in Sunday's 31-27 loss to the Colts. Sample has largely underwhelmed since C.J. Uzomah (Achilles) was ruled out for the season, as he's posted a 6-70-0 line while getting targeted just nine times over the last four games. He's getting plenty of playing time, recording at least a 75 percent snap share in each contest. The 2019 second-round pick's not dependable in redraft fantasy leagues, but he'll be a valuable DFS option if he happens to fall into the end zone.
Sample caught both of his targets Sunday against the Ravens, netting 22 yards. The Bengals next face the Colts, who allowed 10 targets and five catches to Austin Hooper in Week 5, so Sample might have a bigger role Week 6.
Sample had three catches for 47 yards on five targets in the Bengals' win over Jacksonville on Sunday. He also was the targeted receiver on Joe Burrow's lone interception, a play in the end zone where Jaguars linebacker Myles Jack outfought Sample for the ball after it initially ricocheted off of Sample's facemask. Sample was on the field for 64 offensive plays (85 percent), more than any of the other Bengals running backs, wide receivers or fellow tight end Cethan Carter. Despite the end-zone miscue, he's becoming more than just a blocking or check-down tight end for Burrow.
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.
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.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|11||11/22||@Washington Football Team||24||9.29|
|12||11/29||New York Giants||9||5.43|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||6||5||30||0||1||6.00||3|