Ameer Abdullah could be headed for a featured role in Detroit

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The running back the Cardinals wanted to draft before drafting David Johnson may soon get a chance to have an impact similar to Arizona’s 2015 Plan B option.

Lions running back Ameer Abdullah recently said he’d be better than any other option the team may bring in. They didn’t bring anyone in via free agency or the draft, which per the team’s official website has created the impression that Abdullah will have a featured role in 2017, his third NFL season.

The question is whether he can stay healthy. Abdullah finished his rookie season (with 16 appearances and 597 rushing yards) needing shoulder surgery. Last year, a Week Two foot injury knocked him out for the rest of the season.

Other options are Theo Riddick (who had 357 yards rushing in 2016), Zach Zenner (334 yards), and Dwayne Washington (265 yards). Collectively, the Lions generated 1,310 rushing yards (30th in the league), with an average of 3.7 yards per carry.

9 responses to “Ameer Abdullah could be headed for a featured role in Detroit

  1. We haven’t since had a backfield since our only playoff win in sixty years. Barry Sanders, 1991.

  2. We haven’t had a backfield since our only playoff win in sixty years. Barry Sanders, 1991.

  3. I’d love to see how Stafford ascends as a veteran QB with a formidable running game. On paper, the lions look to have a top 5 offensive line, Abdullah has a golden opportunity to prove his doubters wrong. Seize the opportunity young man.

  4. The second and maybe bigger question… can he avoid fumbling.

    I like the guy… but at 200 lb, you have to have a stellar OL. The Lions OL is decent… not good enough to keep AA from taking a pounding.

    Can Burton plow the road all season? That’s asking a lot.

    They should take one of those LBs like Longa – a guy with good lateral ability… and use him as a hammer. Their TEs are big men… not low enough. Ebron runs like a small man and easy to bring down.

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