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Running Back, Ameer Abdullah (R)

As mentioned prior, rookie running back Ameer Abdullah enters 2015 looking to overtake Joique Bell as the No. 1 runner in the Motor City.

Abdullah was certainly an impressive runner at Nebraska, delivering 1,600 yards rushing seasons each of the past two years. He scored 22 times in 15 games in 2014 and averaged 6.1 yards per carry and 12.2 yards per reception.

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He’s not considered blazing fast by NFL standards, (4.60 40-yard dash) but he did perform well in the agility drills at the NFL Combine, including a 42.5 inch vertical jump.

The biggest known issue for Abdullah entering his inaugural campaign?

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Fumbles — although it’s been said that the issues could be overblown at this point in time.

When Detroit drafted Abdullah to pair up in the backfield with Bell, they landed themselves a very dynamic player. He’ll probably open the season behind Bell on the depth chart, but don’t be surprised if he is challenging for the starting job at some point after week one.

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