Toward the end of one of the Experts competitions last week, one participant accidentally had Adrian Peterson autodrafted for him. He asked me to switch that to Samaje Perine, which briefly gave me pause; I had to search my memory for where Perine was employed. He's in Cincinnati, and with Giovani Bernard gone, he looks like Joe Mixon's main backup. Not a bad last-round flier.

In fact, Perine finished up last year in Cincinnati's lineup, going for 136 total yards and 2 TDs against Houston in Week 16, then starting and carrying 9 times for 51 yards in the finale against Baltimore. It's not a large sample set, but Perine last season turned his 63 carries into 301 rushing yards, which is 4.8 yards per attempt. That was a top-15 number among running backs with that many carries last year. A lot better than what Mixon was able to manage prior to getting hurt (he was down at 3.6). Mixon's job is safe (Perine's been in the league for four years without carving out a sizable role since his rookie season, when he managed just 3.4 yards per attempt), but Perine looks like the favorite for No. 2 duties.

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Sony Michel794495.7197114
Nick Chubb19010675.6121816150
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Derrick Henry37820275.4173119114
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Dalvin Cook31215575.0165444361
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Antonio Gibson1707954.7114436247
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Wayne Gallman1476824.662721114
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Melvin Gordon2159864.694432158
Austin Ekeler1165304.616554403
D'Andre Swift1145214.685746357
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Darrell Henderson1386244.552416159
Alexander Mattison964344.521513125
Latavius Murray1466564.542623176
James Robinson24010704.576049344
Clyde Edwards-Helaire1818034.445436297
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Carlos Hyde813564.44201693
David Montgomery24710704.386854438
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Tony Pollard1014354.344028193
Zack Moss1124814.34181495
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Ito Smith632684.31261775
Jamaal Williams1195054.223531236
Malcolm Brown1014194.253323162
Mark Ingram722994.228650
Myles Gaskin1425844.134741388
Rex Burkhead672744.133325192
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The other noteworthy element to Perine's game highlighted above is that he proved effective in the passing game. In his limited work he had 12 passes thrown his way, and he caught 11 of them, for 66 yards. With Bernard gone, those are some opportunities where he can spell Mixon on occasion, and it looks like he'll be able to handle them.

If we're scooping up backup running backs late in drafts, and we are, Perine is a player to keep in the back of your mind.

--Andy Richardson