Ameer Abdullah confirmed as Lions starter at RB

Abdullah's NFL career has not been an immediate success, but the Lions passing up running backs in the draft gives him one more chance in 2017.

| 4 weeks ago
(AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

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Ameer Abdullah confirmed as Lions starter at RB


  • Lions GM Bob Quinn confirmed that Ameer Abdullah would be the teams 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 Detroits 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.

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  • Mandax

    That’s putting a lot of eggs in a basket that has a history of injury. What is their 2nd & 3rd option?

    • Random Lions Fan

      Their No.2 is Theo Riddick, an incredibly productive receiving back, who’s role is 90% draws and receiving. Zach Zenner, a strictly power back with little agility, is their No.3. He’s a undrafted free agent from the 2015 nfl draft.