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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
Contract: view contract details
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Lions declared RB Ameer Abdullah, DT A’Shawn Robinson, G Joe Dahl, OL Andrew Donnal, DE Romeo Okwara, WR Brandon Powell, and CB Dee Virgin inactive for Week 1 against the Jets.
Lions will roll with rookie Kerryon Johnson, LeGarrette Blount, and Theo Riddick handling all backfield duties. It's likely to be a common theme for Abdullah unless one of the aforementioned trio gets hurt. Sep 10 - 5:46 PM

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ESPN's Michael Rothstein would not be surprised if the Lions kept, cut, or traded Ameer Abdullah.

In other words, Abdullah's future remains up in the air. The former second-round pick has seen a surprising number of snaps with the first-team offense this preseason, and he has also gotten work as a returner. That suggests the Lions want to keep him around, but they also could just be showcasing him for a trade. Abdullah's usage in the fourth preseason game on Thursday night should offer clues to his future.
Source: ESPN
Aug 30 - 10:05 AM

Ameer Abdullah is expected to see "significant playing time" in the Lions' preseason finale Thursday versus the Browns.

"I’m not really here to say I’m going to be on the roster," Abdullah said. "Right now that’s out of my control and that’s something that’s next week. I can’t control the future." With cuts looming and the trio of LeGarrette Blount, Kerryon Johnson, and Theo Riddick locked into their respective roles, Abdullah is undeniably playing to make the Lions' roster. He's led Detroit's backfield with 44 snaps so far this preseason, rushing for 53 yards on 13 carries (4.1 YPC). The Lions could also opt to trade him.
Aug 27 - 9:55 PM

Ameer Abdullah rushed seven times for 30 yards with no receptions in Friday's preseason game versus the Buccaneers.

After starting last week, Abdullah came in with the first-team offense after LeGarrette Blount. It's possible that the Lions were attempting to showcase Abdullah this preseason as he enters the final season of his contract, but Abdullah hasn't done himself many favors, amassing just 33 yards rushing on 13 carries while catching two passes for just five yards through three preseason games.
Aug 24 - 11:51 PM

Lions coach Matt Patricia said Ameer Abdullah has improved his ball security this offseason.

"It’s been really good in training camp," said the first-year head coach. "His ball security’s actually improved a lot." Abdullah earned the start Friday against the Giants, totaling five yards on three touches. The 25-year-old had a few hiccups in that game including a muffed punt and a botched handoff with Matthew Stafford (Stafford was charged with a fumble on the play). Abdullah should maintain his roster spot, though it's hard to envision him seeing much work this year with Kerryon Johnson, LeGarrette Blount and Theo Riddick ahead of him on the running back depth chart.
Aug 19 - 8:45 AM

Ameer Abdullah amassed seven yards on two carries and lost two yards on his lone catch Friday in Detroit’s second preseason game against the Giants.

The 2015 second-rounder started for the Lions, though we wouldn’t read too much into that. Abdullah’s longest run went for just four yards. He also had a miscommunication with Matthew Stafford on a botched handoff and muffed a punt in the second quarter, though neither miscue resulted in a turnover. Despite drawing the start on Friday, Abdullah is no better than fourth on Detroit’s running back depth chart behind rookie Kerryon Johnson, power back LeGarrette Blount and pass-catcher Theo Riddick.
Aug 17 - 9:15 PM

MLive's Kyle Meinke believes Ameer Abdullah will make the 53-man roster.

Meinke writes he is "convinced" the final running back spot on the roster is "Abdullah's to lose" after the running back started at both kick and punt returner in the preseason opener. With LeGarrette Blount, Kerryon Johnson, and Theo Riddick locked in atop the depth chart, Abdullah has to make his mark on special teams, and it looks like he is doing just that. Even with his roster spot looking safe, Abdullah is not worth rostering in fantasy leagues.
Source: MLive.com
Aug 13 - 11:00 AM

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

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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Matthew Stafford
2Matt Cassel
RB1Kerryon Johnson
2LeGarrette Blount
3Theo Riddick
4Ameer Abdullah
GLB1LeGarrette Blount
2Kerryon Johnson
3RB1Theo Riddick
2Kerryon Johnson
FB1Nick Bellore
WR11Golden Tate
2Kenny Golladay
3Andy Jones
WR21Kenny Golladay
2T.J. Jones
3Brandon Powell
WR31Marvin Jones
TE1Luke Willson
2Michael Roberts
3Levine Toilolo
LT1Taylor Decker
2Tyrell Crosby
LG1Frank Ragnow
2Joe Dahl
C1Graham Glasgow
RG1T.J. Lang
2Kenny Wiggins
RT1Rick Wagner
2Andrew Donnal
K1Matt Prater