Bengals RB depth chart predictions after 2022 NFL Draft

Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
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RB2: Samaje Perine

This is where things get a little dicey. As of this moment, Samaje Perine is probably the backup behind Mixon but that’s not necessarily how things will play out when the season officially gets underway.

Perine was a fourth-round pick by Washington in the 2017 draft and played there for two seasons before moving on to Miami. He joined the Bengals in 2019 and despite getting waived midway through the season, ended up back with them for the 2020 season. He spent a short amount of time with Miami in 2019 after they plucked him off the Bengals’ practice squad.

Perine rushed for 246 yards and had 196 receiving yards during the 2021 season while finding the end zone a total of two times (once on the ground and once in the air). Zac Taylor loves putting him on the field in crucial situations, which everyone saw play out in the Super Bowl.

Fans are hoping that Taylor learned his lesson but because he seems attached to Perine, putting the former Oklahoma Sooner as the backup here makes sense.