Ameer Abdullah confirmed as Lions starter at RB
- Lions GM Bob Quinn confirmed that Ameer Abdullah would be the team’s starter at running back in 2017 when asked following the draft.
- Abdullah has played just 419 total snaps over two seasons since entering the league in 2015 as Detroit’s second-round pick.
- Abdullah has averaged 4.3 yards per carry in the NFL, but gained just 2.2 of those yards after contact, forcing a missed tackle once every 8.9 carries.
- His work in the pass game has the potential to be game-breaking, but he currently averages more yards after the catch (8.7) than he does net (8.0) as a receiver, as Detroit has used him only as a dump-off or check-down option.