A healthy Abdullah would sit atop the Lions’ depth chart

The Detroit running back missed most of 2016 to injury, but if he can stay healthy, he can be a big part of the team's offense.

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(AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

(AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

A healthy Abdullah would sit atop the Lions’ depth chart


  • When healthy, Ameer Abdullah is the Detroit Lions’ best option at running back.
  • “I feel like I’m a better player than whoever they were going to bring in,” Abdullah said when asked about the Lions’ interest in running backs this offseason.
  • Abdullah missed all but the first two weeks in 2016 after tearing a ligament in his foot, but was off to a great start, with the second-best elusive rating in the league until that point (144.9).
  • The former Nebraska Cornhusker’s 83.3 receiving grade would have ranked him fourth-best in the league last season if he played enough snaps to qualify.
  • Since becoming the starter in Week 12 of 2015 until his injury, Abdullah ranked 10th in the NFL with 414 rushing yards.
  • He showed improvement in the passing game in 2016 by being one of only five RBs to not allow a sack or drop a pass in the first two weeks last season.

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