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.
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.
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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|Bye: Week 9|
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|14||12/8/19||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
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