Abdul-Quddus says he is open to moving to free safety next season, Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post reports. Abdul-Quddus took over at strong safety midway through the season last season with the Lions and turned in the best season of his five-year career. After signing with the Dolphins earlier in the week, the 26-year-old made it known that he was open to switching to free safety. Reshad Jones is the current starter at strong safety in Miami and is also coming off the best season of his career. "I know he had a great year last year so I'm comfortable with something different. I'm just open to playing whatever", Abdul-Quddus said in an interview on Friday.
Abdul-Quddus signed a three-year $12.75 million contract with Miami on Wednesday, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports. This is a curious signing by Miami as Abdul-Quddus has only started sixteen games in his NFL career. He is expected to be more of a run defender for Miami rather than a true centerfielder.
Abdul-Quddus notched eight solo tackles in Sunday's win over the Packers. Abdul-Quddus has been filling in at the safety position after the injury to James Ihedigbo, and he was all over the field on Sunday. Abdul-Quddus led the team in tackles which helped the Lions pull of the upset in Green Bay. He can provide solid IDP value as long as Ihedigbo is still sidelined.
Abdul-Quddus will enter the starting lineup Sunday against the Bears, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports. With strong safety James Ihedigbo (quadriceps) unavailable, Abdul-Quddus will make his first start of the season. Ihedigbo's injury doesn't seem to be viewed as a long-term concern, making it unlikely that Abdul-Quddus will merit IDP attention during what figures to be a short stay in a starting role.
The Lions have re-signed safety Isa Abdul-Quddus, the team announced. Abdul-Quddus played in all 16 games in 2014, totaling 32 tackles with two passes defended. He spent the previous three years with the Saints, where he recorded two interceptions.
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