Lions running back Abdullah would be a versatile addition for Eagles
Lions running back Ameer Abdullah enters week four in a position not many players like to be in. It is expected that Thursday night he will see significant playing time. Typically that means you are fighting for a job and that is just what Abdullah is doing.
— Lions Insider (@Lions_Insider) June 21, 2018
In a backfield with the newly added LeGarrette Blount to go along with Theo Riddick, Kerryon Johnson and Zach Zenner there isn’t a lot of room left in the Lions backfield. Furthermore, the Lions have been attempting to trade Abdullah but ultimately could just release him.
Odd man out?
Abdullah is a second-round pick out of Nebraska but so far things haven’t panned out as planned. While the former Cornhusker has had some good moments he hasn’t lived up to the hype. So far this preseason Abdullah has led the Lions backfield in touches.
— Detroit Lions (@Lions) August 11, 2018
Playing 44 snaps rushing for 53 yards on 13 carries with one touchdown he’s been a workhorse so far. While the Lions insist there is a role for the fourth year back it doesn’t appear to be room for the Alabama native.
The Eagles fourth back?
The Eagles running back situation gets messy when you get to the fourth position. Matt Jones has been terrible so far. Donnel Pumphrey is finally healthy after missing the first three preseason games but it appears times run out on the second year back. Then that leaves Wendell Smallwood and Josh Adams.
Smallwood hasn’t done anything flashy to solidify his spot but gained 53 yards on 12 carries for the Browns last week. Adams has looked good in minimal work but missed the teams second game due to injury. The Eagles love what they see in Adams and with a strong showing, tonight might secure a spot.
Where Abdullah fits in
With Matt Stafford, the Lions just are not a dominant running team. They haven’t had a 1,000 yard back since Reggie Bush recorded 1,006 back in 2013. They utilize pass-catching backs but that could change with Blount and Johnson. A change of scenery would be good for Abdullah. Last year he rushed for 552 yards and four touchdowns while also catching 25 passes for 162 yards and handling return duties. In 2015 he led the NFL in kick return yards.
Who's ready for a healthy Ameer Abdullah? pic.twitter.com/jz7Ge4ylE5
— DLB (@DetLionBlood) June 17, 2017
The Eagles love versatile backs and utilize a deep rotation. At 5’9 203 Coach Pederson could use a back like Abdullah and would provide some veteran depth to the roster. Still just 25 Abdullah could gain a bigger role if he stayed next year. While it remains to be seen what will happen the Lions could cut trade or keep Abdullah definitely keep an eye on the Lions running back tonight vs the Browns on NFL network.