Ameer Abdullah on track to be Vikings’ primary return specialist

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He went from a tailback prospect whom Cardinals coveted before “settling” for David Johnson to underachiever during his time in Detroit. The Lions eventually gave up on running back Ameer Abdullah, who may be finding his niche in Minnesota.

With long-time punt returner Marcus Sherels gone vie free agency to New Orleans, Abdullah has landed as the top punt returner on Minnesota’s unofficial preliminary depth chart.

Abdullah, who joined the Vikings during the 2018 season and appeared in seven games, also is listed as the top kickoff returner.

Despite his limited time with the team, Abdullah returned more kickoffs than any other Vikings player last season, averaging 25.8 yards per attempt on 10 returns.

As a rookie with the Lions in 2015, Abdullah returned 37 kickoffs for 1,077 yards, including a long of 104 yards that didn’t result in a touchdown. Abdullah has returned no punts during his four-year career.

Abdullah also is listed as the third-string tailback, behind starter Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison.

6 responses to “Ameer Abdullah on track to be Vikings’ primary return specialist

  1. He should be a good return specialist. I’m not sure why he didn’t end up doing that job in Detroit? Was it because he was a second round pick and making him the kick returner would have been bad politics?

  2. I’m a Husker fan and the young man is a stand up guy. Team guy. His ONLY weakness with Nebraska was he fumbled. I think he’ll really shine as a full time return guy.

  3. Sounds like he’s also doing well as a running back in camp. He had some talent at one time, so maybe he’ll be a contributor this year.

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