Ameer Abdullah
Ameer Abdullah
25-Year-Old Running BackRB
Detroit Lions
2018 Fantasy Outlook
It seems the window has finally closed on Abdullah's chance to hold down a lead role. While he played 14 games in 2017, neck and ankle injuries limited his effectiveness, and his YPC was by far a career low. Abdullah is simply a tweener, too small (5-9, 203) to handle the pounding that comes with running frequently between the tackles, and lacking the elusiveness or receiving skills that would allow him to thrive on passing downs. In the modern NFL, a back who is merely OK in all areas without specializing in any won't find his way into the lineup often. The Lions brought in LeGarrette Blount in free agency and drafted Kerryon Johnson in the second round, further burying Abdullah on the depth chart. With his rookie contract set to expire, Abdullah likely will need to compete for a roster spot. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $4.16 million contract with the Lions in May of 2015.
Inactive in Week 1
RBDetroit Lions
Coach's Decision
September 10, 2018
Abdullah (coach's decision) is inactive for Monday's game against the Jets, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
ANALYSIS
The Lions will thus rely upon a trio of LeGarrette Blount, Kerryon Johnson and Theo Riddick to shoulder the workload out of the backfield. With Brandon Powell also a healthy scratch, look for Jamal Agnew to handle returns on both punts and kickoffs.
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Snap Counts
 
Off Snaps:
ST Snaps:
2016
57
1
2017
378
11
Measurables Overview

(Compared to other RBs)

Height:   5' 9"
BELOW AVERAGE
Weight:   203 lbs
BELOW AVERAGE
40-Yard Dash:   4.60 sec
WEAK
Shuttle Time:   3.95 sec
ELITE
Cone Drill:   6.79 sec
GREAT
Arm Length:   30.00 in
BELOW AVERAGE
Hand Length:   8.63 in
BELOW AVERAGE
Vertical Jump:   43 in
ELITE
Broad Jump:   130 in
ELITE
Bench Press:   24 reps
GREAT
Detroit Lions Team Injury Report
Questionable
Doubtful
Out
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
2015
Abdullah came out of the gate flying in 2016, racking up 120 combined yards in a Week 1 win over the Colts, but what was initially thought to be a foot sprain suffered the following week instead turned out to be a season-ending injury. The Lions still have passing-down maven Theo Riddick, but Abdullah could be in line for a heavy workload on the ground behind an improved O-line. The 5-9, 203-pound back doesn't have the typical frame for a lead role, but his vision, burst and patience make him a good fit for the team's power running scheme, and while he hasn't had much chance to show it in the pros he did flash some aptitude as a receiver in college. He has also had some ball security issues, fumbling five times as a rookie, but if he can stay healthy and hold onto the rock he could be in line for a big 2017.
Perhaps the sneakiest thing the Lions did over the past calendar year was keep Abdullah's January labrum surgery a complete secret. The Lion — err, cat— was released from the bag in late May when the news was disclosed. It's poor timing for Abdullah to be on a rehab program, given the crowded nature of the Detroit backfield. Theo Riddick, Stevan Ridley, Zach Zenner and rookie Dwayne Washington are also around, jostling for position. Abdullah entered the NFL with a sterling pass-catching reputation, but Riddick wound up being Detroit's go-to back on third downs and in hurry-up spots. Abdullah also had a rep for being a home-run hitter, so it was disappointing to see him manage a modest three runs over 20 yards. That said, a 4.2 YPC isn't bad for a first go, and the Lions occasionally treated him like a featured back, giving him 10 games with double-digit touches. Abdullah also deserves props for playing through the shoulder injury, which was a factor in the final two games of the year.
A second-round pick out of Nebraska, Abdullah has the skills to immediately step into Reggie Bush's vacated role in the Lions' backfield. A little undersized for a feature back at 5-9, 205, Abdullah has the best hands of any running back in this year's draft and didn't drop a single pass in his final two seasons of college ball. He's not purely a change-of-pace back, however, showing good patience as he waits for holes to develop and the burst to drive through them once they do. Problems with ball security and pass protection could restrict Abdullah's snaps as a rookie, and even with a good training camp he isn't likely to unseat Joique Bell as the starter. But given how often Matthew Stafford looks to his running backs in the passing game, Abdullah is in the right system to make an impact in a limited role.
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Facing sketchy playing-time outlook
RBDetroit Lions
September 5, 2018
Despite making the Lions' 53-man roster, Abdullah isn't certain to be active for most game days this season, Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press reports.
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Sticks on roster
RBDetroit Lions
September 2, 2018
Abdullah has a spot on Detroit's initial 53-man roster, MLive.com's Kyle Meinke reports.
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Fails to capitalize
RBDetroit Lions
August 20, 2018
Abdullah didn't make a good impression as the starting running back in Friday's preseason loss to the Giants, MLive.com's Kyle Meinke reports.
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Opens preseason as starting kick returner
RBDetroit Lions
August 6, 2018
Abdullah is listed as the first-string kick returner on the Lions' initial depth chart.
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On thin ice in Detroit
RBDetroit Lions
April 28, 2018
General manager Bob Quinn said Abdullah will have to compete for his snaps ahead of the 2018 season, Michael Rothstein of ESPN reports.
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