2015 Detroit Lions Roster Analysis: Running Backs

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Oct 4, 2014; East Lansing, MI, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers running back Ameer Abdullah (8) runs the ball against Michigan State Spartans safety Kurtis Drummond (27) during the 1st half of a game at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory


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No. 21 Ameer Abdullah

Age: 21

Weight: 205

College: Nebraska

Looking ahead to 2015– Abdullah is unquestionably the most talented back the Lions have on the roster. His college film suggests the versatility of an every down back as does his back-to-back 1,600 yard seasons at Nebraska.

Running against the Big-10 competition in comparison to NFL competition is a big jump in skill level. It remains to be seen how much of what Abdullah was able to do in college will translate to the NFL, but I really like Abdullah’s skill-set—enough to predict at least a 1,200 yard season between rushing and receiving.

Jim Caldwell mentioned that Bell will the power back of the group and that Riddick is more of an edge guy, but Abdullah offers the best of both worlds and can catch the ball effectively out of the backfield which is why he could complicate the running back by committee approach. He considers himself an every down back and given the second round pick used to acquire his services it appears the Lions feel this way too.

It will be hard to keep Abdullah off the field, but a nice mix of Bell and Riddick throughout the game would be wise to keep Abdullah fresh and healthy throughout the season. (should he assume most of the backfield duties like I anticipate)

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