How Does He Fit with the Lions Offensive System?:
Nov 27, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi during the third quarter against the Chicago Bears at Ford Field. Detroit won 34-17. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports
Simply put, the Lions drafted him to replace Reggie Bush, whom they cut due to his play on the field. Joe Lombardi, or more specifically New Orleans Offense loves to run power scheme with gap and inside zone blocking which is where Ameer fits the scheme very well with his characteristics listed in this article. The Lions desperately need an infusion of athleticism at RB and Ameer provides them that type of athleticism. Ameer’s role likely is to be leading ball carrier while Joique Bell is the complimentary back up running back. In addition to being the leading ball carrier, he’ll be asked to split out in the slot to take advantage of his athleticism in space. For those who worry about his fumble issue, check out the chart that I’ve produced during his senior year.
My Fumble Rate Chart for draft eligible RBs that I’ve produced.
His fumble rate is average among draft eligible running backs despite the report that Ameer has the most fumbles out the draft eligible running backs. Ameer has improved his fumble rate every year since his freshman year, which is very encouraging. Fumbles are something that is coachable and correctable with proper techniques.
Ameer has experience in returning kicks and the Lions are looking at him to see if he’s a viable replacement should they cut Jeremy Ross from the roster.
The expectation for Ameer should be at moderate because he’s a rookie RB and isn’t expected to carry the load for the Lions, so there will be limited production in terms of rushing and receiving yards. With the drafting of Laken Tomlinson in the 1st round, Lions hope to provide a credible running attack to make defenses pay for having 6-7 guys in the box because of the defenses fear of Calvin Johnson dominating the game. Ameer should be able to contribute right away and grow from there.