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Ameer Abdullah | Running Back | #21

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (25) / 6/13/1993
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 203
College: Nebraska
Drafted: 2015 / Rd. 2 (54) / DET
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Lions.com's Tim Twentyman expects Ameer Abdullah to keep his roster spot.
Abdullah is buried on the Lions' depth chart behind LeGarrette Blount, Theo Riddick, and rookie Kerryon Johnson. He's a preseason trade candidate, but Abdullah's return value may secure his spot if he isn't dealt. Detroit would clear $1 million in cap space from releasing Abdullah. Jul 14 - 10:10 AM

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Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official website expects LeGarrette Blount and second-round rookie Kerryon Johnson to get the "bulk of the work" in Detroit's backfield.

Theo Riddick will continue to handle passing work. That leaves Ameer Abdullah as the projected odd man out as it stands right now. That could obviously all change with an injury or if Johnson doesn't prove ready as a rookie. But for now, Abdullah might be better off with a change of scenery with a summer trade. The Lions were one of the worst rushing offenses last season.
May 18 - 10:29 AM

Lions RB Ameer Abdullah was reportedly frustrated with his light workload last season.

If Abdullah was frustrated last season, he'll absolutely despise his assumed workload this upcoming year. Rookie Kerryon Johnson will compete for touches, Theo Riddick is untouchable in Detroit's passing game, and free agent signee LeGarrette Blount remains the favorite for early downs and goal line work. Lions GM Bob Quinn recently insisted Abdullah will maintain a role in 2018, but we find that hard to believe.
May 12 - 9:44 AM

ESPN's Michael Rothstein said it would not be a "surprise" if the Lions shopped Ameer Abdullah.

Of Detroit's current running backs, Rothstein believes only LeGarrette Blount's roster spot is safe. Abdullah opened last season as the Lions' lead back but saw his role diminish as the year went on. With the Lions expected to pursue a running back early in next week's draft, Abdullah's days in Detroit could be numbered. The former second-round pick will earn $876,745 in the final year of his rookie contract.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 15 - 10:10 AM

Lions GM Bob Quinn insists Ameer Abdullah will still have a role in 2018.

"Sure does," was Quinn's exact quote when asked if Abdullah maintains a role. It's hard to see what it would be. New signee LeGarrette Blount is the favorite on early downs, while Abdullah won't challenge Theo Riddick in the passing game. It's likely Abdullah will be limited to super-sub/lightly used change-of-pace duties.
Mar 26 - 5:00 PM

Lions GM Bob Quinn said Ameer Abdullah was not a lead back last year, but "he's a guy that we like."

"He’s a smart guy. He’s a versatile guy. He can catch it out of the backfield. He can run the ball," Quinn added. "So he has to have a good offseason, come back and prove himself to a new coaching staff." It does not sound like the Lions will completely bail on the 2015 second-rounder, but Quinn has already said he plans to add talent to the running back room. Abdullah should be a rotational option at best in the final year of his rookie deal.
Source: ESPN
Mar 1 - 11:26 AM

Lions GM Bob Quinn expects to add a running back this offseason.

"I think our running backs, they didn’t perform as good as everyone thought," Quinn said. "Will we add someone? Probably, to that room. Absolutely." Quinn did add there will be turnover at every position, but it seems clear the Lions need a talent infusion at running back, especially with Ameer Abdullah's future in Detroit murky at best heading into the final year of his contract. The Lions have not had a 100-yard rusher since 2013.
Jan 2 - 10:11 AM

Ameer Abdullah rushed eight times for 18 yards and one touchdown in the Lions' Week 17 win over the Packers.

He added one catch for 11 yards on two targets. Abdullah started the first 11 games of the season but suffered a neck injury Week 12 and was then mothballed for the most part the rest of the way. Tion Green and Theo Riddick was the backfield duo the final five weeks, and Abdullah only got more run when Riddick was nicked up. After seeing double-digit carries every game Weeks 1-11, Abdullah totaled 21 over his final four games. He finishes the year with 165 carries for 552 yards (3.3 YPC) and four touchdowns, adding 25-162-1 as a receiver. Abdullah now heads into the final year of his rookie deal having battled injuries and ineffectiveness through three seasons. The Lions will likely prioritize a running back this offseason.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 05:35:00 PM

Ameer Abdullah rushed six times for 21 yards and caught 1-of-2 targets for 5 yards in the Lions' Week 16 loss to the Bengals.

Abdullah was second in the running back rotation behind RB Theo Riddick. Abdullah has been a non-factor all season and it remained that way in this one. He shouldn't be trusted in fantasy lineups for the Lions' Week 17 game against the Packers.
Sun, Dec 24, 2017 04:51:00 PM

Ameer Abdullah said his lack of playing time last week was "frustrating."

Even with Theo Riddick leaving early because of a wrist injury, Abdullah played just eight snaps and was clearly behind Tion Green in the pecking order. Coach Jim Caldwell refuses to say Abdullah has been benched, but that is certainly what it looks like. Even with Riddick questionable to face the Bengals, Abdullah cannot be trusted in fantasy lineups this week.
Tue, Dec 19, 2017 10:47:00 AM

Ameer Abdullah played 8-of-63 (13 percent) snaps Week 15 against the Bears.

Theo Riddick led the backfield with 33 snaps despite leaving early with a wrist injury, and Tion Green (23 snaps) took over from there. The Lions will not say it, but it is clear Abdullah has been benched, and it looks like Green will be the back to own if Riddick's injury ends up being serious. Abdullah can be sent to the wire in redraft leagues.
Mon, Dec 18, 2017 09:47:00 AM

Ameer Abdullah rushed one time for eight yards and caught 3-of-4 targets for 13 yards in Saturday’s Week 15 win over the Bears.

After missing the previous two games with a neck injury, Abdullah played behind both Theo Riddick and Tion Green. Riddick suffered a wrist injury that may impact his availability in Week 16, but Abdullah would be in a timeshare with Green at best if Riddick were to miss time. He hasn’t hit 60-yards from scrimmage in a game since Week 4. Abdullah will only be a desperation option next week against the Bengals regardless of Riddick's status.
Sat, Dec 16, 2017 07:47:00 PM

Ameer Abdullah (neck) is active for Saturday’s Week 15 game versus the Bears.

Abdullah has missed the previous two games with a neck injury. Abdullah is only an RB3 option for fantasy owners in the hopes that he scores a touchdown as he has failed to reach 60 yards from scrimmage in a game since Week 4. His return relegates Theo Riddick to RB3 status as well after Riddick had 14 and 16 touches over the past two weeks with Abdullah inactive, his two highest totals of the season. RT Rick Wagner, C Travis Swanson, RB Dwayne Washington, RB Zach Zenner, WR Bradley Marquez, G Emmett Cleary and DT Rodney Coe are inactive for Detroit Saturday.
Sat, Dec 16, 2017 03:04:00 PM

Ameer Abdullah (neck) wasn't listed on the final injury report for Week 15 against the Bears.

Neither was Matthew Stafford (hand). Abdullah will return for Saturday's 4:30 ET start, but it's anyone's guess how the Lions plan on using him. We're guessing he'll work behind Theo Riddick, who led Detroit with 93 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns in last week's win over Tampa Bay.
Thu, Dec 14, 2017 03:07:00 PM

Coach Jim Caldwell said he expects Ameer Abdullah (neck) to return Week 15 against the Bears.

"I do, as long as things keep trending in the right direction," Caldwell said. The Lions and Bears kick off the early Saturday game at 4:30 ET. Abdullah's return will make none of the Lions' running backs attractive fantasy plays.
Wed, Dec 13, 2017 10:56:00 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Matthew Stafford
2Jake Rudock
3Matt Cassel
RB1Kerryon Johnson
2Theo Riddick
3LeGarrette Blount
4Ameer Abdullah
5Dwayne Washington
GLB1LeGarrette Blount
2Kerryon Johnson
3RB1Theo Riddick
2Kerryon Johnson
FB1Nick Bawden
WR11Marvin Jones
2Kenny Golladay
3Andy Jones
4Dontez Ford
WR21Golden Tate
2T.J. Jones
3Jace Billingsley
4Bradley Marquez
WR31Kenny Golladay
TE1Luke Willson
2Sean McGrath
3Michael Roberts
4Levine Toilolo
5Hakeem Valles
6Marcus Lucas
LT1Taylor Decker
2Tyrell Crosby
3Brian Mihalik
LG1Graham Glasgow
2Joe Dahl
3Dan Skipper
C1Frank Ragnow
2Wesley Johnson
RG1T.J. Lang
2Kenny Wiggins
3Leo Koloamatangi
RT1Rick Wagner
2Corey Robinson
3Adam Bisnowaty
K1Matt Prater