Ameer Abdullah had some moments as a backup running back for the Vikings in 2019, but that's about the only significant role he can ascend to so long as Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison are healthy. No one should draft him.
The Vikings have re-signed Abdullah. 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.
Abdullah rushed 23 times for 115 yards and caught 15 passes for 88 yards and a score over 16 regular-season appearances. Abdullah logged the bulk of his touches over the final three games as Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison were battling injuries, but he consistently contributed as a kick returner. The 2015 second-round pick will be an unrestricted free agent if he isn't re-signed by the Vikings, and he may seek an increased role elsewhere.
Abdullah ran for 22 yards on six carries and added 14 yards on three catches during Sunday's 21-19 loss to Chicago. Abdullah took on the RB2 role, again, with both Dalvin Cook (shoulder) and Alexander Mattison (ankle) resting in what was a meaningless game for the Vikings. Not that 36 yards is too much to get excited about, but it'd be foolish to expect even that Sunday against the Saints. Abdullah has had 24 touches in the past three games with the top of the depth chart dinged up, but only 14 touches prior to that this season. Assuming Cook and/or Mattison are ready to play, Abdullah's role should be very limited.
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. With Dalvin Cook (chest) and Alexander Mattison (ankle) both on the shelf, Abdullah played 32 snaps on offense Monday, 14 more than fellow reserve back Mike Boone. He ended up leading the Vikings in targets and catches along the way. The Vikings will be the NFC's No. 6 seed in the playoffs regardless of Sunday's result against the Bears, so it wouldn't be a surprise if the team rested Cook and Mattison again. Abdullah caught two passes for 14 yards in limited action against Chicago in Week 4.
Abdullah had five carries for 25 yards and didn't record a catch despite two targets in Sunday's win at the Chargers. Abdullah got more carries than usual with Dalvin Cook leaving the game with a shoulder injury and Alexander Mattison inactive with an ankle injury. Mike Boone took over as the primary ballcarrier late in the blowout win. Boone likely would get the most carries if both Cook and Mattison are out again next week with Abdullah working in a backup and passing-down role.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/13||Green Bay Packers||26||21.22|
|8||11/01||@Green Bay Packers||26||21.22|
|14||12/13||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1||10.63|
|16||12/25||@New Orleans Saints||4||13.24|
|3 Year Avg||63||223||1||14||93||1||41|