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RB Ameer Abdullah - Detroit Lions

5-9, 205Born: 6-13-1993College: NebraskaDrafted: Round 2

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General News (Tue Jan 31): is a "complementary" back, according to NFL Network analyst Bucky Brooks, and Brooks said the Lions need to target an every-down, "crown-jewel type" back in the 2017 NFL Draft.

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2016 Week 2 vs TEN (6 / 38 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Abdullah started the game and much like last week he ran with decisiveness and power, but also displayed outstanding balance and agility. For the most part, he had nowhere to run but he ran with power behind his pads, making the most of his runs. Most of Abdullah's work came out of the shotgun and between the tackles. Abdullah did score on a 20-yard run behind right tackle Riley Reiff but it was called back on a holding penalty on tight end Eric Ebron. He is incredibly decisive when he has the ball in his hands and runs with great balance, and this was fully on display on this run. One of the highlights of the game was an Abdullah carry in the second quarter. He took a handoff off the right side and made a jump-cut, juking a defender and making him miss without losing any momentum. He made another defender miss and finished a 24-yard run showing amazing lateral agility and balance. He was hurt at the end of the play and did not come back into the game. Abdullah finished with 38 yards on six carries.

2016 Week 1 vs IND (12 / 63 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 57 / 1 rec)

Abdullah started the game and ran with decisiveness and power, but also displayed fantastic balance and agility. In the first half, Abdullah had eight carries but the highlight was a run that went off-tackle to the right side. He was almost tackled in the back field but he put his foot in the ground cut it back to the left while showing outstanding balance. This carry went for a first down and helped keep the Lions in tempo and rhythm. He showed no fear running between the tackles and ran hard throughout the game. Abdullah got more involved in the second half in the passing game as he caught five passes. The Lions involved him in the screen game and even ran him on a wheel route. Out in space, Abdullah was nasty as he made defenders miss with his short area quickness. He drew a 15-yard facemask penalty because of his quickness and he showed explosion after the catch. Abdullah lined up outside wide as a receiver and the Lions ran a combination route that allowed him to run an out route in which he was wide open, and he scored on an 11-yards throw from Stafford. Abdullah finished with 120 total yards and a touchdown on 17 total touches.

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Lions | Power back could help Detroit offense (Fri Mar 10, 12:12 AM) - Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah's (foot) foot injury was frustrating to deal with last season, according to general manager Bob Quinn, and beat writer Bob Wojnowski believes Detroit needs to add a power back to stabilize a running game that has produced one 1,000-yard rusher in the last 14 seasons.

Our View: Abdullah is not a full-time back, but he can make plays in space as a part-time player. Look for the Lions to select a power back in the 2017 NFL draft.
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