Ameer Abdullah
Ameer Abdullah
27-Year-Old Running BackRB
Minnesota Vikings
2020 Fantasy Outlook
The 2015 second-round pick was buried on the depth chart for most of the season, but he appeared in all 16 games as Minnesota's primary kick returner (13 returns for 325 yards). Abdullah also saw some offensive snaps over the final three games of the regular season with Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison out, rushing 15 times for 74 yards and catching nine passes for 45 yards. He re-signed with the Vikings in March and likely will fill a similar role in 2020. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Vikings in March of 2020.
Back with Minnesota
RBMinnesota Vikings
March 27, 2020
The Vikings have re-signed Abdullah.
ANALYSIS
The 26-year-old logged 23 carries for 115 yards to go along with 15 catches for 88 yards and a TD in 16 games for the team last season. Now that he's back in the fold, Abdullah will continue to serve as a depth option in Minnesota's backfield and should also reprise his role as the squad's primary kickoff returner in 2020.
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How do Ameer Abdullah's 2019 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Broken Tackle %
17.4%
 
Positive Run %
95.7%
 
% Yds After Contact
37.4%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
1.9
 
Rushing TD %
0.0%
 
Touches Per Game
2.4
 
% Snaps w/Touch
27.7%
 
Air Yards Per Game
0.7
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.08
 
% Team Air Yards
0.3%
 
% Team Targets
4.8%
 
Avg Depth of Target
0.5 Yds
 
Catch Rate
71.4%
 
Drop Rate
0.0%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
5.4
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Ameer Abdullah's measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
5' 9"
 
Weight
203 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.60 sec
 
Shuttle Time
3.95 sec
 
Cone Drill
6.79 sec
 
Vertical Jump
42.5 in
 
Broad Jump
130 in
 
Bench Press
24 reps
 
Hand Length
8.63 in
 
Arm Length
30.00 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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It's been a long fall for Abdullah since his dominant Nebraska career and subsequent second-round selection in the 2015 draft, as his vaguely promising rookie season gave way to endless disappointment afterward, and Abdullah has just 653 yards (3.6 YPC) to his name in the three seasons since. Abdullah heads into camp ranked no higher than fourth on Minnesota's running back depth chart, behind all of Dalvin Cook, Alexander Mattison, and Mike Boone, so it's unlikely that he'll make a fantasy impact from here even if he makes the team. If he gets back on the fantasy radar somehow, it will probably need to be somewhere else.
It seems the window has finally closed on Abdullah's chance to hold down a lead role. While he played 14 games in 2017, neck and ankle injuries limited his effectiveness, and his YPC was by far a career low. Abdullah is simply a tweener, too small (5-9, 203) to handle the pounding that comes with running frequently between the tackles, and lacking the elusiveness or receiving skills that would allow him to thrive on passing downs. In the modern NFL, a back who is merely OK in all areas without specializing in any won't find his way into the lineup often. The Lions brought in LeGarrette Blount in free agency and drafted Kerryon Johnson in the second round, further burying Abdullah on the depth chart. With his rookie contract set to expire, Abdullah likely will need to compete for a roster spot.
Abdullah came out of the gate flying in 2016, racking up 120 combined yards in a Week 1 win over the Colts, but what was initially thought to be a foot sprain suffered the following week instead turned out to be a season-ending injury. The Lions still have passing-down maven Theo Riddick, but Abdullah could be in line for a heavy workload on the ground behind an improved O-line. The 5-9, 203-pound back doesn't have the typical frame for a lead role, but his vision, burst and patience make him a good fit for the team's power running scheme, and while he hasn't had much chance to show it in the pros he did flash some aptitude as a receiver in college. He has also had some ball security issues, fumbling five times as a rookie, but if he can stay healthy and hold onto the rock he could be in line for a big 2017.
Perhaps the sneakiest thing the Lions did over the past calendar year was keep Abdullah's January labrum surgery a complete secret. The Lion — err, cat— was released from the bag in late May when the news was disclosed. It's poor timing for Abdullah to be on a rehab program, given the crowded nature of the Detroit backfield. Theo Riddick, Stevan Ridley, Zach Zenner and rookie Dwayne Washington are also around, jostling for position. Abdullah entered the NFL with a sterling pass-catching reputation, but Riddick wound up being Detroit's go-to back on third downs and in hurry-up spots. Abdullah also had a rep for being a home-run hitter, so it was disappointing to see him manage a modest three runs over 20 yards. That said, a 4.2 YPC isn't bad for a first go, and the Lions occasionally treated him like a featured back, giving him 10 games with double-digit touches. Abdullah also deserves props for playing through the shoulder injury, which was a factor in the final two games of the year.
A second-round pick out of Nebraska, Abdullah has the skills to immediately step into Reggie Bush's vacated role in the Lions' backfield. A little undersized for a feature back at 5-9, 205, Abdullah has the best hands of any running back in this year's draft and didn't drop a single pass in his final two seasons of college ball. He's not purely a change-of-pace back, however, showing good patience as he waits for holes to develop and the burst to drive through them once they do. Problems with ball security and pass protection could restrict Abdullah's snaps as a rookie, and even with a good training camp he isn't likely to unseat Joique Bell as the starter. But given how often Matthew Stafford looks to his running backs in the passing game, Abdullah is in the right system to make an impact in a limited role.
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Limited production in 2019
RBMinnesota Vikings
January 15, 2020
Abdullah rushed 23 times for 115 yards and caught 15 passes for 88 yards and a score over 16 regular-season appearances.
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Gains 36 yards
RBMinnesota Vikings
December 31, 2019
Abdullah ran for 22 yards on six carries and added 14 yards on three catches during Sunday's 21-19 loss to Chicago.
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Picks up 58 yards in loss
RBMinnesota Vikings
December 24, 2019
Abdullah caught six of seven targets for 31 yards and added 27 yards on four carries during Monday's 23-10 loss to Green Bay.
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Gets five carries Sunday
RBMinnesota Vikings
December 16, 2019
Abdullah had five carries for 25 yards and didn't record a catch despite two targets in Sunday's win at the Chargers.
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Gains two yards in win
RBMinnesota Vikings
December 10, 2019
Abdullah caught his only target during Sunday's 20-7 win over Detroit for a two-yard gain.
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