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RB Ameer Abdullah - Detroit Lions

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

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2017 Week 17 vs GB (8 / 18 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)

Ameer Abdullah again gave way to Theo Riddick as a starter but out touched Riddick 9 to 6. The entire Detroit running game has been plagued by subpar offensive line play which has left little opportunity to develop a running game. Abdullah was used in the passing game on a dump off route, where he ran well for a first down after the catch. Abdullah can catch passes out of the backfield, but was cast out of the role by the coaching staff with Riddick in the backfield.

2017 Week 16 vs CIN (6 / 21 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

Ameer Abdullah was the third back in the game behind both Theo Riddick and Tion Green. Abdullah showed more burst than he has in recent weeks, but was largely limited to little running room. Abdullah saw expanded usage in the second half as a runner in the second half. He also handled the kickoff duties, and Detroit tried to get him the ball on a wheel route, but he never got separation on.

2017 Week 15 vs CHI (1 / 8 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 13 / 0 rec)

Ameer Abdullah's first action was on the third drive of the game. His first touch came from a split backfield shared with Riddick on a pass in the flat. Abdullah was relegated primarily to passing game usage that was not effective. He did have a red zone carry but was limited to that one carry. He operated as the clear third back behind Riddick and Tion Green.

2017 Week 12 vs MIN (6 / 14 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)

Ameer Abdullah was minimally involved in Detroit's offense against Minnesota. The combination of poor game script and low volume (53 plays) by Detroit's offense limited Abdullah's workload. He was involved in an early fumbled hand off exchange with Matthew Stafford that resulted in a turnover. Abdullah's best run came on a toss sweep, for five yards. Abdullah had an 18 yard catch on a check down where he ran after the catch for a solid gain. Abdullah was outplayed by Theo Riddick who produced more yards (20 to 14) on one less carry (Abdullah 6 to Riddick 5).

2017 Week 11 vs CHI (11 / 22 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 13 / 1 rec)

Ameer Abdullah got the starting nod over Theo Riddick and found it tough sledding early. The energized Bears front seven was dead set on stopping the run, and did so to good effect. Abdullah often had to check his runs and cut back when it wasn't really a viable option. He got into his groove slowly and made a man miss on an outside zone run to gain 10 yards. His touchdown was a simple pitch and catch. Set up in the shotgun as an offset back to Matthew Stafford's left, Abdullah sneaked through the line of scrimmage and left his defender in the dust. In fact, the defender who was supposed to follow Abdullah in man coverage didn't even move.

2017 Week 10 vs CLE (11 / 52 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)

After fumbling twice last week, Ameer Abdullah saw no limitation of his role against Cleveland. Abdullah was involved in the running game early, where he saw improved blocking on the left side of the line of with the return of LT Taylor Decker from the PUP list. Abdullah capitalized on a solid hole created by Decker and TE Michael Roberts for a 20-yard carry and another 19-yard carry to the left side of the line. Abdullah accelerated well through the hole on both plays, but was unable to make anyone miss in the second level. Abdullah also saw red zone work, and was able to capitalize on his lone carry inside the 10-yard line for a seven-yard touchdown up the middle. Abdullah was limited to two targets and only one catch for three yards as Theo Riddick continues to be the primary receiving back.

2017 Week 9 vs GB (21 / 48 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

In a game where Matthew Stafford was fantastic, Ameer Abdullah ran for 48 yards on 21 carries. Abdullah added little to what was blocked outside of two carries. One was a run to the left perimeter for 11 yards, and the second was a four-yard touchdown run to the right perimeter. Both carries were late in drives, and demonstrated how Abdullah can be successful against worn down defenses. However, the Lions insist on establishing the run on first down with Abdullah and continually play in negative down and distance situations. Abdullah did not create much on his own, and the line is creating space for him with any consistency. Abdullah fumbled twice in clock killing drives, and lost one fumble. The second fumble was on a goal line carry and the Lions were fortunate to recover. Abdullah's usage at the goal line has been inconsistent this season, but he was used as the primary back in the goal line, scoring a touchdown prior to the fumble. He was replaced by Theo Riddick then Dwayne Washington in goal line situations after his second fumble.

2017 Week 8 vs PIT (11 / 27 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 11 / 0 rec)

The Lions made a commitment to running on early downs, but Abdullah only managed 27 yards during the game. His highlight was making defenders miss on consecutive carries in the first quarter when he gained 15 yards, over half of his output on the day. Detroit's commitment to Abdullah on first down is all too often a commitment to 2nd and 9 or worse. Abdullah averaged 2.7 yards per opportunity in the game where Riddick averaged 7.5. Abdullah's workload is of the empty yards variety as Dwayne Washington is the primary short yardage and goal line back for the Detroit offense and Riddick is the preferred passing game option.

2017 Week 6 vs NO (14 / 54 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Ameer Abdullah was the focal point of Detroit's offense on first downs in the game. He had 12 carries on first down in the game, but game script limited him to 14 total carries. Abdullah showed glimpses of his ability to create on his own avoiding defenders behind the line of scrimmage. He had a long gain of 34 yards on a zone run to the right side of the formation with his best blocking on the day. Abdullah was targeted twice in the passing game, including once in the red zone, but caught no passes. He was clearly behind Theo Riddick in terms of passing usage. Abdullah was once again replaced by Zach Zenner on a short yardage carry.

2017 Week 5 vs CAR (10 / 31 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)

Ameer Abdullah built on last week's successes early but was limited to only 10 carries for 31 yards because of bad game script. Abdullah ran well on his first carry for 16 yards, and a third quarter carry where he set up blocking well for 12 yards. Otherwise, Abdullah was limited to three yards on his other eight carries, with the offensive line generating little room for Abdullah to run. Theo Riddick was more widely featured on passing plays than Abdullah during the game, and Abdullah had only one catch. Abdullah saw red zone work, including two carries where he drew face mask penalties, and a carry from the five-yard line, but was replaced by Zach Zenner on a first and goal from the Carolina one-yard line.

2017 Week 4 vs MIN (20 / 94 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 15 / 0 rec)

Ameer Abdullah had his best game of the season, with 94 yards on 20 carries and his first touchdown of the season. Abdullah's long play was a 29-yard carry on a play where the line sealed off the left edge allowing him to get a runway into the secondary. He tried to make S Harrison Smith miss on the play but was tackled by pursuing S Andrew Sendejo. Abdullah was frequently met by penetration in the backfield and had success making defenders miss on multiple carries. Abdullah's touchdown came on a carry from the Minnesota three-yard line where he was initially stopped in the backfield, but showed good second effort. Abdullah also continued to see work in the pass game with three catches on three targets for 15 yards.

2017 Week 3 vs ATL (14 / 47 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 39 / 0 rec)

Ameer Abdullah led the Lions in carries with 14 yards and managed 47 rushing yards. His big play on the day was an 11-yard run on a sweep to the left edge where he ended up running into the back of Marvin Jones before falling down. Abdullah continued his trend of getting what has been blocked, but creating very little on his own. Abdullah was targeted three times in the game, catching all three for 39 yards. On his long catch for 22 yards, Abdullah set up his defender on what looked like an angle route to the middle of the field, before turning up field on a vertical route. The target appeared designed for Abdullah, which is an expansion of his passing game role over the first two weeks. Abdullah's only touch in the red zone was a 6-yard reception, and he was replaced on the next play by Zach Zenner who had the lone Detroit red zone rush.

2017 Week 2 vs NYG (17 / 86 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Ameer Abdullah ran for a career high 86 yards on 17 carries. Abdullah started the game, and was the clear lead back. Abdullah got free for a 34-yard gain behind the right side of the line when the Lions were trying to run out the cock late in the fourth quarter. Abdullah had a good lane on the run and got into the second level, but was run down from his side by Dominic Rodgers-Cromartie. Abdullah was also able to get into the second level on a power run to the left perimeter. Abdullah was one on one with S Darian Thompson in the second level on the run, but showed no ability to make Thompson miss, and was easily tackled by Thompson. Abdullah got what was blocked in the game, but Theo Riddick continued to show more ability to make defenders miss. Abdullah was targeted on a screen play that was well executed for an 18-yard gain but the play was called back on a holding penalty. He was not otherwise targeted in the passing game, and was pulled for Dwayne Washington for two red zone runs.

2017 Week 1 vs ARI (15 / 30 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 11 / 0 rec)

Ameer Abdullah started the game and was the clear lead back but did little with the opportunities. Abdullah's runs were limited by Detroit's offensive line which allowed penetration frequently. However, Abdullah did little beyond what was created. On one rare run where Abdullah had the opportunity to make a big run he tripped on a defensive lineman's hand. He also got one on one with Tyrann Mathieu on a cut back run, but was unable to make Mathieu miss and was tackled for little gain. As a ball carrier, Abdullah showed that he had a quick first step, but did little after contact. He showed little ability to make defenders miss or to break a tackle, even when he was one on one in space. Abdullah did see four targets in the passing game, catching three but was limited to 11 yards, on passes in the flat and a curl route. Abdullah was clearly behind Theo Riddick in terms of backfield passing preference. Abdullah also gave up carries to Dwayne Washington in the red zone and in short yardage situations.


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