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Cam Sample cleared to practice

Sample will look to help provide depth at defensive end while also kicking inside on passing downs.

Reese’s Senior Bowl Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images

Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Cam Sample passed a physical today and has been cleared to practice. Sample had been placed on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list on July 25th.

Sample, weighing in at 6-foot-3 and 274 pounds, was a fourth-round pick in this year’s NFL Draft following a standout career at Tulane, which included a spot in the 2021 Senior Bowl. In 2020, he earned First-Team All-AAC honors after notching 52 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, five sacks, and three pass breakups in 11 starts.

In 2019, Sample started all 13 games and racked up 44 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, and four pass breakups. He started 11 games in 2018 while notching 40 tackles, six tackles for loss and four sacks, despite being plagued by an ankle injury.

As long as Sample is healthy, he has a great shot at playing time this season, as Sam Hubbard and Trey Hendrickson are the only sure things at defensive end. It also helps that Sample saw snaps at defensive tackle in college, so look for him as a possible interior pass-rusher on obvious passing downs.

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