Lions running back Ameer Abdullah made a big impression in the team’s first preseason game, but saw his playing time dialed back last week.
That’s not a sign that the team prefers other running backs, however. Offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi said this week that Abdullah should see his workload go back up against the Jaguars on Friday in what’s usually a dress rehearsal for the regular season. That suggests Abdullah will be playing a significant role in the offense in Week One and the rookie is looking forward to seeing how he handles the uptick in responsibilities.
“It should be the first time I’m in there consistently for a while,” Abdullah said, via the Detroit Free Press. “Get to see different looks, different fronts and sustain that consistency through the game is what I’m looking for, making a couple plays. Most importantly, just being sound in my assignments, making sure I’m playing up to speed, finishing hard and getting a good test of where I am in my conditioning.”
The Lions have talked up a running back committee with Abdullah, Joique Bell and Theo Riddick all seeing time in the backfield. Abdullah says he’s good with anything that helps the team win, but Bell still hasn’t practiced after offseason surgeries and Abdullah could force the Lions to rethink things with a fast start to the regular season while Bell is still trying to round into form.