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AFC North Standings

Team Div Overall
3-2-0 9-3-0
3-1-0 7-5-0
3-2-0 7-5-0
0-4-0 5-6-0

2023 Receiving

Receiving Yards
Average Yards per Reception
Receiving Touchdowns
Longest Reception
Regular Season 11 82 7.5 2 22

Top Drew Sample News

  • Bengals' Drew Sample: Finds end zone against Steelers

    Sample caught his lone target for an 11 yard touchdown in Sunday's 16-10 loss to the Steelers.

    Sample played the most snaps (19) at tight end for the Bengals, ahead of Irv Smith (16), Tanner Hudson (13) and Mitchell Wilcox (12). The veteran's touchdown was just his second of the season, while his usage in the passing attack has been minimal throughout 2023. As part of a crowded tight end room splitting playing time, Sample is not a trustworthy fantasy option for consistent production. The Bengals are set to face off against the Jaguars in Week 13.

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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 production in loss

    Sample caught two of his three targets for 12 yards in Sunday's 30-27 loss to the Texans.

    Sample played 23 of the Bengals' 64 offensive snaps Sunday, just ahead of Irv Smith (21) and Tanner Hudson (20). The near-even split in snaps amongst Cincinnati's tight ends will likely continue to limit Sample's potential for consistent production going forward. Sample is extremely difficult to trust for fantasy purposes heading into a Week 11 matchup with the Ravens on Thursday.

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  • Bengals' Drew Sample: Target volume increasing

    Sample caught three passes for 30 yards and his first touchdown of the year against the Bills on Sunday night. He was targeted a season-high four times.

    All three Bengals tight ends -- Sample, Irv Smith and Tanner Hudson -- were targeted more than usual against the Bills. Prior to Sunday night, most of Sample's snaps required him to stay in and block, a tendency that the Bengals exploited on a clever play for his touchdown. The fifth-year TE could see an expanded pass-catching role again in Week 10 against a Texans defense that just gave up two TDs to the Bucs' Cade Otton.

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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: No targets through two weeks

    Sample went without a target across 13 snaps on offense Sunday in the Bengals' 27-24 loss to the Ravens.

    Sample has now logged 31 snaps on offense through the first two weeks of the season but has yet to draw a look in the passing game from quarterback Joe Burrow. So long as Irv Smith stays healthy, he'll be entrenched as Cincinnati's top tight end and will continue to dominate the snaps and targets among the position group.

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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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  • Drew Sample: Tries out with Arizona

    The Cardinals brought in Sample (knee) for a workout Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of KPRC 2 Houston reports.

    Sample appeared in just two games with the Bengals last year before he sustained a season-ending MCL and PCL injury in his right knee in mid-September. The 27-year-old tight end underwent surgery to address the damage in his knee shortly thereafter before reaching free agency this offseason. Sample's ability to complete a workout signals that he's healthy again, and he could land with Arizona or another team as a depth option before training camps open in late July. Sample never made a significant dent as a receiver over the first four seasons of his career, accruing a 76-458-1 line over 44 games with Cincinnati.

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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: Placed on IR

    Sample (knee) was placed on injured reserve Monday, Ben Baby of reports.

    As expected, Sample will likely miss the remainder of the season after suffering damage to his MCL and PCL in his right knee Sept. 18 versus the Cowboys. The 26-year-old has a chance to return in early December, though that seems unlikely. Mitchell Wilcox will replace Sample as the top reserve option behind Hayden Hurst at tight end for the time being.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-5, 255 lbs
Birthplace: Bellevue, WA
Age: 27
School: Washington
Experience: 5