Remember the Ameer Abdullah hype train? I do. I punched my ticket and jumped on after seeing what the rookie running back could do in training camp. Of course he further supported the hype after he shredded the New York Jets defense in the opening preseason game. He even took his first carry of the regular season to the house. He was even pegged by many as an early candidate for rookie of the year.
It all went down hill from there when the former Nebraska standout began to deal with the one weakness that kept him from being a first round pick, fumbleitis. All told Abdullah fumbled five times and in true Lions fashion, he made sure to do it when it mattered the most. Abdullah also struggled to show that same ability to make guys miss that he showed early on.
It wasn’t all bad though. Abdullah did show a lot of promise for the future and was one of the NFL’s better kick returner’s. But I think it’s safe to say that the hype train fell off the tracks and he will have to work very hard to get it back on.
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