Ameer Abdullah
Ameer Abdullah
26-Year-Old Running BackRB
Minnesota Vikings
2019 Fantasy Outlook
It's been a long fall for Abdullah since his dominant Nebraska career and subsequent second-round selection in the 2015 draft, as his vaguely promising rookie season gave way to endless disappointment afterward, and Abdullah has just 653 yards (3.6 YPC) to his name in the three seasons since. Abdullah heads into camp ranked no higher than fourth on Minnesota's running back depth chart, behind all of Dalvin Cook, Alexander Mattison, and Mike Boone, so it's unlikely that he'll make a fantasy impact from here even if he makes the team. If he gets back on the fantasy radar somehow, it will probably need to be somewhere else. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a contract with the Vikings in March of 2019.
Re-signs with Vikings
RBMinnesota Vikings
March 18, 2019
Abdullah is re-signing with Minnesota, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM Radio reports.
Cut by Detroit midway through the 2018 season, Abdullah quickly resurfaced in Minnesota, where he played six snaps on offense and 86 on special teams in seven games. He's never lived up to his second-round draft status, but the ability to return and cover kicks would make him a sensible choice for the No. 3 running back spot. The Vikings recently lost Latavius Murray to the Saints, leaving them with Abdullah, Mike Boone and Roc Thomas as depth options behind Dalvin Cook. With additional competition sure to come later this offseason, Abdullah will need to reprove his value on special teams.
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How do Ameer Abdullah's 2018 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
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.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • 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.
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% Yds After Contact
Avg Yds After Contact
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% Snaps w/Touch
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2018 Ameer Abdullah Split Stats
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Ameer Abdullah's measurables compare to other running backs?
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.
5' 9"
203 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.60 sec
Shuttle Time
3.95 sec
Cone Drill
6.79 sec
Vertical Jump
42.5 in
Broad Jump
130 in
Bench Press
24 reps
Hand Length
8.63 in
Arm Length
30.00 in
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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.
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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Limited to special teams again
RBMinnesota Vikings
January 4, 2019
Abdullah played 16 special teams snaps during Sunday's 24-10 loss to the Bears.
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Targeted once in win
RBMinnesota Vikings
November 27, 2018
Abdullah was targeted once but did not record a catch during Sunday's 24-17 win over the Packers.
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Gets work as kick returner
RBMinnesota Vikings
November 19, 2018
Abdullah had one reception for ten yards on his only target in Sunday's loss at Chicago. He also returned two kickoffs for an average of 28.5 yards.
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Lands in Minnesota
RBFree Agent
November 7, 2018
Abdullah was claimed off waivers by the Vikings on Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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Cut loose by Detroit
RBFree Agent
November 6, 2018
The Lions are expected to waive Abdullah on Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
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