Abdullah has signed a contract with the Raiders.
Analysis: In 17 games (11 with the Panthers and six with the Vikings) last season, the 2015 second-rounder recorded 51 carries for 166 yards and 38 catches for 289 yards with one TD. He'll provide the Raiders -- who've also added Brandon Bolden in free agency -- with further running back depth behind Josh Jacobs and Kenyan Drake, while also giving the team another option as a kick returner.
Mar 18, 2022 9:36 AM EST
Abdullah rushed seven times for 26 yards and caught 9 of 11 targets for 56 yards in Sunday's 41-17 loss to the Buccaneers.
Analysis: Abdullah ended the season by leading the Panthers in touches, marking his biggest workload of the campaign. Unsurprisingly, that involvement also resulted in Abdullah's best yardage output, ranking second on Carolina in both rushing and receiving yards Sunday, with his nine grabs comfortably setting a new career high. After joining the Panthers midway through the season, Abdullah's all-purpose ability offered a flexible option in Christian McCaffrey's (ankle) extended absence. Finishing with 51 carries for 166 yards and 38 catches on 53 targets for 289 more yards, Abdullah's production from 16 games split between the Panthers and Vikings should garner him interest as a free agent this offseason, especially when considering his added value as a kickoff returner.
Jan 9, 2022 5:27 PM EST
Abdullah rushed six times for 21 yards and caught all four of his targets for 31 yards in Sunday's 18-10 loss to the Saints.
Analysis: Abdullah saw Chuba Hubbard lead the Panthers with 17 carries for 55 yards and a touchdown, but he nonetheless garnered a double-digit amount of touches himself. While most his yards came on two plays, a 15-yard rush and 17-yard catch, Abdullah actually led Carolina in receptions on the day. The veteran's yardage ceiling and scoring potential are both restricted, but his underneath presence in a struggling offense gives him lukewarm value heading into Week 18's finale versus the Buccaneers.
Jan 2, 2022 4:48 PM EST
Abdullah rushed twice for one yard and caught three of six targets for eight yards in Sunday's 32-6 loss to the Buccaneers.
Analysis: Abdullah played a third of Carolina's offensive snaps but couldn't get anything going against a stringy Tampa Bay defense. In fact, the tailback's biggest impact came on special teams, where he returned three kickoffs for 76 yards. Although another tough matchup awaits in Week 17 versus the Saints, the flow of that contest could present a few opportunities for Abdullah to make an impact as a pass-catcher.
Dec 27, 2021 4:22 PM EST
Abdullah ran for seven yards on four carries and caught four passes for 48 yards and one touchdown on four targets against Buffalo on Sunday.
Analysis: While the rookie Chuba Hubbard again functioned as Carolina's rushing specialist at running back, taking eight carries for 40 yards, Abdullah ran away with the pass-catching functions Sunday. That workload split might be how the Panthers ride out the rest of their wretched 2021 season, and against Tampa Bay in Week 16 the matchup only figures to get tougher for the Carolina backfield.
Dec 19, 2021 2:40 PM EST
Abdullah rushed four times for 16 yards and caught two of four targets for 17 yards in Sunday's 29-21 loss to the Falcons.
Analysis: Abdullah, due to his superior pass-catching presence, actually played 13 more offensive snaps than fellow tailback Chuba Hubbard. Both players managed just 33 scrimmage yards, but Hubbard scored a touchdown to boost his performance and tied for the team lead with 10 carries. With a tough matchup in Week 15 at the Bills, the game flow could again favor Abdullah, but Buffalo's defense could make it difficult to muster much yardage.
Dec 13, 2021 7:00 AM EST
Abdullah rushed twice for four yards and caught two of six targets for 20 yards in Sunday's 33-10 loss to the Dolphins.
Analysis: Abdullah led Carolina's backfield with 27 snaps after starter Christian McCaffrey suffered an ankle injury and featured for just one second-half play. Although the Panthers now entering their bye week gives McCaffrey some time to heal, Abdullah and Chuba Hubbard would figure to assume much of McCaffrey's extra workload should he be limited ahead of Week 14's matchup versus the Falcons, potentially improving their respective stocks.
Nov 29, 2021 7:03 AM EST
Abdullah rushed once for six yards in Sunday's 27-21 loss to Washington.
Analysis: Abdullah saw his involvement scaled back significantly in quarterback Cam Newton's first start. With Newton rushing 10 times, tying tailback Christian McCaffrey for the team lead, backups like Abdullah and Chuba Hubbard were hardly needed. In fact, they played just nine offensive snaps combined. Whether that cut in playing time is a sign of things to come or just a one-week change, Abdullah's reserve role behind McCaffrey restricts his fantasy value regardless.
Nov 22, 2021 8:59 AM EST
Abdullah rushed nine times for 24 yards and caught all four of his targets for 27 yards in Sunday's 34-10 win over the Cardinals.
Analysis: Abdullah has now totaled double-digit touches in two of three games since joining the Panthers, with the last couple coming even with Christian McCaffrey in the lineup. Although rookie Chuba Hubbard seems like Carolina's preferred ball-carrier behind McCaffrey, Abdullah's pass-catching utility has helped move the chains. While the blowout nature of Sunday's game afforded Abdullah more playing time in the second half, he should nonetheless remain involved from his third-string role in Week 11 versus Washington.
Nov 15, 2021 6:09 AM EST
Abdullah rushed once for no yards but caught four of five targets for 30 yards in Sunday's 24-6 loss to the Patriots.
Analysis: Abdullah worked behind the now-healthy Christian McCaffrey and rookie Chuba Hubbard, but he still managed to make an impact in the passing game. Although his third-string status should restrict his weekly upside, especially as McCaffrey's workload increases, Abdullah's capability in throwing situations could help Carolina here and there.
Nov 8, 2021 5:57 AM EST
Abdullah rushed eight times for 31 yards and caught three of five targets for 35 yards in Sunday's 19-13 win over the Falcons.
Analysis: Abdullah only signed for Carolina last week but already played a meaningful role in Sunday's win. Only starting tailback Chuba Hubbard garnered more carries, while only top wideout DJ Moore led him in receiving. Although the versatile veteran did well in his debut, the potential return of superstar Christian McCaffrey (hamstring) in Week 9 versus the Patriots could immediately reduce Abdullah's role, making the Panthers' backfield situation worthwhile to monitor.
Oct 31, 2021 1:32 PM EST
Abdullah signed with the Panthers on Saturday.
Analysis: Fresh off a multi-game stint with the Vikings, Abdullah jumps over to a similar situation backing up the likes of Chuba Hubbard and Royce Freeman. Christian McCaffrey (hamstring) isn't eligible to be activated off injured reserve until at least Week 9 which should afford the veteran castaway a few weeks on the Panthers' active roster.
Oct 23, 2021 2:58 PM EST
The Vikings released Abdullah on Tuesday.
Analysis: Abdullah's release was the corresponding move to allow Kene Nwangwu to take a spot on the active roster as the third-string back behind Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison. Abdullah has a fairly lengthy track record in the league, so he should find a home either on another active roster or on a practice squad.
Oct 19, 2021 12:15 PM EST
Abdullah signed a contract with the Vikings on Saturday.
Analysis: This move doesn't impact Dalvin Cook's (ankle) availability for Sunday's contest given the Vikings had already used Abdullah's two practice squad callups prior to this week. The veteran tailback has played just 10 offensive snaps through two weeks, but that workload would go drastically up in the event Cook is unable to play.
Sep 25, 2021 1:27 PM EST
The Vikings released Abdullah and signed him to the practice squad Tuesday.
Analysis: The Vikings are keeping Abdullah close because they only have two running backs -- Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison -- on their active roster. Through two games, Abdullah has recorded 19 yards on three touches.
Sep 21, 2021 5:59 PM EST
Abdullah signed a contract with the Vikings on Saturday.
Analysis: Abdullah actually played a crucial role in the Week 1 contetst, registering as many snaps as nominal backup Alexander Mattison, but saw just three total touches in the contest. Practice squad callup rules would have forced the Vikings to officially sign Abdullah to the active roster as soon as next week had they elevated him a second time, so this designation isn't exactly surprising.
Sep 18, 2021 1:11 PM EST
Abdullah had one carry for four yards and two receptions for 15 yards on two targets in Sunday's loss at Cincinnati.
Analysis: Abdullah played as many snaps as Alexander Mattison behind starter Dalvin Cook. It looks like Abdullah will be in the third-down running back mix, but Cook will still dominate the touches. Abdullah may be moved up and down from the practice squad in a transaction scheme all season to save an active roster spot, but it looks like he'll have a small but steady role on offense and important role on special teams.
Sep 13, 2021 9:12 AM EST
Abdullah was elevated to the Vikings' active roster Saturday, independent NFL journalist Aaron Wilson reports.
Analysis: The Vikings previously had just two active running backs on the roster in form of Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison, so this move makes complete sense. The veteran castoff has been primarily a special teams player over the past two seasons, accumulating over 500 snaps combined since 2019.
Sep 11, 2021 11:42 AM EST
Abdullah signed to the Vikings' practice squad Wednesday, Craig Peters of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: Abdullah was cut by the Vikings on Tuesday but will stick around the organization on the practice squad. The 28-year-old could join the 53-man roster ahead of Week 1 since Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison are the only running backs currently on the roster.
Sep 1, 2021 9:14 PM EST
Abdullah was released by the Vikings on Tuesday.
Analysis: Abdullah was competing with Kene Nwangwu (knee) for the No. 3 running back role behind Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison. It looks like he ultimately got beat out for the job. The seventh-year running back suited up for 42 games with Minnesota over the previous three seasons.
Aug 31, 2021 5:11 PM EST
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