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31 Ameer Abdullah RB

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January 16, 2020 01:04 PM
Vikings' Ameer Abdullah: Limited production in 2019
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

December 31, 2019 06:12 PM
Vikings' Ameer Abdullah: Gains 36 yards
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

December 25, 2019 11:00 AM
Vikings' Ameer Abdullah: Picks up 58 yards in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

December 16, 2019 10:16 PM
Vikings' Ameer Abdullah: Gets five carries Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

December 11, 2019 01:08 PM
Vikings' Ameer Abdullah: Gains two yards in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Abdullah caught his only target during Sunday's 20-7 win over Detroit for a two-yard gain.

Abdullah got involved in the offense Sunday after not recording a touch the prior week. Not that anyone was going to get too excited by a two-yard gain, but his value remains very low as he plays behind two very talented backs in Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison and has been touchless in five of his last eight outings, gaining 36 total yards during that span. Sunday brings a challenge in the Chargers' 10th-ranked run defense, surrendering just 4.1 yards per carry

November 4, 2019 11:36 PM
Vikings' Ameer Abdullah: Scores TD Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Abdullah had one carry for two yards and one reception for a 16-yard touchdown on his only target in Sunday's 26-23 loss at Kansas City.

Abdullah played eight plays on offense as he got more snaps than Alexander Mattison, which was odd in a game where the Vikings were expected to utilize the run more than the pass. Mattison is still ahead of Abdullah on the depth chart, but Abdullah could find extra time in passing situations if the Viking fall behind.

October 2, 2019 12:00 AM
Vikings' Ameer Abdullah: Grabs two passes in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Abdullah caught two of three targets for 14 yards during Sunday's 16-6 loss to Chicago.

It wasn't much, but Sunday's performance was a step up from the one touch Abdulllah earned in the previous two weeks combined. Abdullah has the misfortune of playing behind a pair of backs in Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison who are each averaging over five yards per carry right now. As Sunday showed, Abdullah can help out a passing game that has struggled mightily this season, but, given Cook's abilities as the team's third-leading receiver, it's unlikely that Abdullah would get too much extra work even if the Vikings try to mix it up a little.

September 18, 2019 10:36 AM
Vikings' Ameer Abdullah: Limited to one carry
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Abdullah had a two-yard carry during Sunday's 21-16 loss to Green Bay.

Unsurprisingly, Abdullah continued to have a small role in the offense while competing for carries with the red-hot Dalvin Cook and rookie third-round pick Alexander Mattison. What might be more surprising is that Minnesota isn't even utilizing Abdullah's athleticism in the return game despite his place on the depth chart. Sophomore receiver Chad Beebe has accounted for all five of the Vikings' returns this season.

September 10, 2019 05:00 PM
Vikings' Ameer Abdullah: Gets just two carries
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Abdullah had two carries for eight yards in Sunday's win over Atlanta.

Abdullah played just four snaps on offense in a game where the Vikings dominated by running the ball (172 yards rushing), so he's not going to be a big part of the running game. He does appear as the No. 3 running back since Mike Boone played just two snaps and didn't get a carry. Abdullah's biggest impact will be on special teams as a returner.

August 29, 2019 10:20 PM
Vikings' Ameer Abdullah: Scores in preseason finale
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Abdullah ran for 21 yards on five carries and reeled in a 15-yard touchdown pass during Thursday's 27-23 preseason loss to the Bills.

Abdullah helped Minnesota strike with the game's first touchdown in the first quarter, snagging a swing pass from Kyle Sloter and racing toward the pylon. The play showed that burst that got Abdullah drafted by Detroit in the second round and what left some intrigue after Latavius Murray departed in free agency, but he probably won't have many opportunities in the regular season. There's a do-it all back in Dalvin Cook and third-round pick in Alexander Mattison ahead of him. Abdullah figures to be primarily a special-teams contributor.

August 25, 2019 11:20 AM
Vikings' Ameer Abdullah: Returns to action
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Abdullah (shoulder) had one carry for seven yards and two punt returns for 27 yards in Saturday's preseason win over Arizona.

Abdullah had missed practice time with a shoulder injury, but it doesn't look like a worry for the start of the regular season. Abdullah has been competing with Mike Boone and De'Angelo Henderson for the No. 3 role at the running back position, but he may make the roster in any scenario since he's likely to be the team's primary kick and punt returner.

August 21, 2019 07:16 PM
Vikings' Ameer Abdullah: Leaves practice Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Abdullah suffered a shoulder injury that forced him to leave practice Wednesday, Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

The former first-round pick suffered the injury during 11-on-11 drills, and it's unclear how serious it is. Abdullah has been competing with Mike Boone and De'Angelo Henderson for the No. 3 role at the running back position, so he'll miss out on valuable reps. Expect the team to update his status in the coming days.

August 6, 2019 09:44 PM
Vikings' Ameer Abdullah: Listed as main returner
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Abdullah is listed as the No. 3 running back and both the primary punt and kick returner on Minnesota's first unofficial depth chart of the preseason.

Abdullah is competing with Mike Boone and De'Angelo Henderson for the No. 3 role behind starter Dalvin Cook and backup Alexander Mattison. The Vikings could keep just three running backs on the roster, so Abdullah's role on special teams could help him make the roster. Abdullah may not end up winning the punt return job over Chad Beebe, but he looks set to begin the season as the kickoff returner.

March 18, 2019 06:32 PM
Vikings' Ameer Abdullah: Re-signs with Vikings
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Abdullah is re-signing with Minnesota, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM Radio reports.

Cut by Detroit midway through the 2018 season, Abdullah quickly resurfaced in Minnesota, where he played six snaps on offense and 86 on special teams in seven games. He's never lived up to his second-round draft status, but the ability to return and cover kicks would make him a sensible choice for the No. 3 running back spot. The Vikings recently lost Latavius Murray to the Saints, leaving them with Abdullah, Mike Boone and Roc Thomas as depth options behind Dalvin Cook. With additional competition sure to come later this offseason, Abdullah will need to reprove his value on special teams.

January 6, 2019 02:48 AM
Vikings' Ameer Abdullah: Limited to special teams again
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Abdullah played 16 special teams snaps during Sunday's 24-10 loss to the Bears.

For the second straight game, Abdullah did not play an offensive snap. He finishes up the season with one reception for 10 yards on two targets. The former 2015 second-round pick was mostly utilized as a kick returner during the 2018 regular season and didn't log a single carry despite top running back Dalvin Cook missing multiple games due to injury. Set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, Abdullah will look for a depth role elsewhere in the league if Minnesota doesn't re-sign him.

November 28, 2018 09:40 AM
Vikings' Ameer Abdullah: Targeted once in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Abdullah was targeted once but did not record a catch during Sunday's 24-17 win over the Packers.

Abdullah has just one touch in two games in Minnesota and, after two kick returns in Week 11, did not bring the ball out on Sunday. The top of the Vikings' stable is pretty set with Latavius Murray and Dalvin Cook. Though Abdullah's speed could conceivably add another dimension to the attack, you should see it before you believe it. The Patriots' bottom-10 total defense looms Sunday, but Abdullah won't get many offensive chances to test it.

November 21, 2018 02:12 AM
Vikings' Ameer Abdullah: Gets work as kick returner
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Abdullah had one reception for ten yards on his only target in Sunday's loss at Chicago. He also returned two kickoffs for an average of 28.5 yards.

He played just one snap on offense, and he'll be mostly limited to special teams as long as Dalvin Cook and Latavius Murray are healthy. Still, it's notable that he got time on offense while No. 4 RB Mike Boone was inactive.

November 8, 2018 11:04 AM
Ameer Abdullah: Lands in Minnesota
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Abdullah was claimed off waivers by the Vikings on Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Abdullah will stay in the NFC North, joining a backfield that already includes Dalvin Cook and Latavius Murray. The 2015 second-round pick isn't likely to be an immediate factor in the offense, but he could get a look on kickoff returns. There's no guarantee Abdullah sticks around for long, as the Vikings may view him as nothing more than short-term depth while Roc Thomas recovers from a hamstring injury.

November 6, 2018 02:32 PM
Ameer Abdullah: Cut loose by Detroit
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Lions are expected to waive Abdullah on Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Detroit will bid adieu to its 2015 second-round pick as it makes room on the 53-man roster for receiver Bruce Ellington. Abdullah made 22 starts during his three-plus-year run in Detroit, but the 25-year-old averaged just 3.8 yards per carry while also dealing with some ball-security issues. The offseason additions of Kerryon Johnson and LeGarrette Blount had pushed Abdullah down to fourth on the depth chart at running back in 2018, with Abdullah suiting up in just three of the Lions' eight games. Abdullah's pedigree and ability to contribute in the return game should be enough to earn him a look elsewhere around the league as a depth back.

November 4, 2018 12:00 PM
Lions' Ameer Abdullah: Returns to inactive status
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Abdullah (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game at Minnesota.

Abdullah has put an end to a three-game active streak, during which he recorded three touches for 19 yards from scrimmage and fumbled one time on his four kickoff returns. The latter may have played a part in Abdullah donning street clothes Sunday, but the real impetus likely is Theo Riddick (knee) returning from a two-game absence.

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2016Detroit Lions22181015.624016
2017Detroit Lions14111655523.3344524
2018Detroit Lions30111.01000
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2016Detroit Lions2255711.4181004
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2018Detroit Lions302189.0120001
2018Minnesota Vikings7011010.0100000
2019Minnesota Vikings16015885.9161005
Kick Returns
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2016Detroit Lions200---000
2017Detroit Lions14817922.42900
2018Detroit Lions3410726.83200
2018Minnesota Vikings71025825.83300
2019Minnesota Vikings161332525.03800
Defensive Stats
YearTeamGTotalTklAstSacksIntYdsAvgLgTDPass Def
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2017Detroit Lions1411.000000.0000
2018Detroit Lions300.000000.0000
2018Minnesota Vikings711.000000.0000
2019Minnesota Vikings1676.010000.0000
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2015Detroit Lions1652020020
2016Detroit Lions200000000
2017Detroit Lions1421000000
2018Detroit Lions311000000
2018Minnesota Vikings700000000
2019Minnesota Vikings1611000000
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