Drew Sample

Drew Sample

26-Year-Old Tight EndTE
Cincinnati Bengals
Questionable
Injury Knee
Est. Return 8/21/2022
2022 Fantasy Outlook
After netting 53 targets in his second season in 2020, Sample's opportunities dried up last season with C.J. Uzomah returning healthy. Sample had just 11 catches on 15 targets for 81 yards. The 2019 second-round pick could be similarly limited this year after the Bengals brought in Hayden Hurst to start ahead of him. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $5.51 million contract with the Bengals in May of 2019.
Wearing brace after knee injury
TECincinnati Bengals
Knee
August 5, 2022
Sample sported a brace on his leg and was walking with a crutch Friday after being carted off the field due to a knee injury in Thursday's practice, Kelsey Conway of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Ben Baby of ESPN adds that coach Zac Taylor expects Sample to miss a couple weeks as a result of the injury.
ANALYSIS
Sample's left leg injury has been specified as a knee injury. Taylor's prognosis rules Sample out for the Aug. 12 preseason opener, but it's possible Sample could be healthy enough to play in the second preseason game against the Giants on Aug. 21.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do Drew Sample's 2021 advanced stats compare to other tight ends?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
  • % Targeted On Route
    Targets divided by total routes run. Also known as TPRR.
  • Avg Yds Per Route Run
    Receiving yards divided by total routes run. Also known as YPRR.
Air Yards Per Game
2.0
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.08
 
% Team Air Yards
0.8%
 
% Team Targets
2.8%
 
Avg Depth of Target
2.3 Yds
 
Catch Rate
73.3%
 
Drop Rate
6.7%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
7.3
 
% Targeted On Route
15.5%
 
Avg Yds Per Route Run
0.84
 
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#% of Team Snaps

87764%
53539%
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How often does Drew Sample run a route when on the field for a pass play?
This data will let you see how Drew Sample and the other tight ends for the Bengals are being used. Some tight ends may have a lot of snaps, but they're not that useful for fantasy purposes because they're not actually running routes. This data will help you see when this is the case.
Drew Sample
97 routes   15 targets
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% Routes Run
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22%
213 routes   31 targets
54%
39 routes   5 targets
48%
Receiving Alignment Breakdown
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Drew Sample's measurables compare to other tight ends?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 4"
 
Weight
255 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.71 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.31 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.15 sec
 
Vertical Jump
33.5 in
 
Broad Jump
115 in
 
Hand Length
9.63 in
 
Arm Length
33.38 in
 
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2021
2020
2019
Sample was pressed into more action for the Bengals in 2020 than was initially expected following the Week 2 injury to C.J. Uzomah. Sample, a second-round pick in 2019, ended up with 40 catches for 349 yards and his first NFL touchdown in Week 16 against the Texans. With Uzomah returning, he may end up being the backup again in 2021.
Rookie tight ends rarely produce much in the NFL, and that was certainly the case with Sample, who had only five catches for 30 yards on six targets in nine games before an ankle injury ended his season. A second-round pick in 2019 out of the University of Washington, Sample was selected more for his blocking than his receiving skills, topping out at 25 catches for 252 yards in his senior season there. So while there will be more opportunities for him to see the field following the departure of Tyler Eifert, it's unlikely to translate into fantasy production.
Sample went in the second round of the draft as the 52nd overall pick after the Bengals traded down earlier in the round. He's well-regarded for his blocking skills and good hands, but is not a big-play receiver, with just average speed. Rookie tight ends usually take awhile to develop, and it's likely that Sample will be undergoing that developmental process as the third-stringer behind C.J. Uzomah and Tyler Eifert, who signed a one-year deal to remain with the Bengals this offseason.
More Fantasy News
Departs practice early
TECincinnati Bengals
Leg
August 4, 2022
Sample was carted off the Bengals' practice field Thursday after having his left leg evaluated by the team's training staff, Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site reports.
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Offensive role dries up
TECincinnati Bengals
January 17, 2022
Sample secured 11 of 15 targets for 81 yards across 17 appearances in 2021.
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Good to go Sunday
TECincinnati Bengals
December 24, 2021
Sample (foot) does not have an injury designation heading into Sunday's game against Baltimore, per Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic.
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Doesn't participate in practice
TECincinnati Bengals
Foot
December 22, 2021
Sample didn't participate in Wednesday's practice session due to a foot injury, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.
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Catches only target in loss
TECincinnati Bengals
December 14, 2021
Sample caught his only target for 14 yards during Sunday's 26-23 overtime loss to the 49ers.
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