Ameer Abdullah

Ameer Abdullah

Running Back #21
Team: Minnesota Vikings
Ht / Wt:5'9" / 205 lb.
College:Nebraska
Age:27
Born:June 13, 1993
Drafted:2015 / Rd. 2 (54)
Draft Team:DET

Ameer Abdullah: Larger role off bench

Abdullah had two carries for seven yards and one reception for on yard on two targets in Sunday's loss to the Falcons. He also added three kick returns for an average of 24.3 yards.

Analysis: Abdullah played on 16 of the offense's 56 snaps as he got more playing time than Mike Boone (5 snaps) as Alexander Mattison's backup with Dalvin Cook sidelined with a groin injury with the Vikings needing to throw the ball after falling behind big early. Abdullah will likely return to a minimal role with Cook expected to return after Minnesota's bye in Week 7.

October 19, 2020 2:11 PM EST

Ameer Abdullah: No touches Sunday

Abdullah did not have a carry or reception in Sunday's loss to Green Bay. He played just two snaps on offense.

Analysis: Abdullah's role with the Vikings has shrunk this season. While he's third on the depth chart at RB, Mike Boone would likely supplant him if Dalvin Cook or Alexander Mattison were to get hurt and the team needed someone to get significant carries. K.J. Osborn has also taken over as the primary kickoff returner, which will limit Abdullah's value on special teams.

September 14, 2020 12:25 PM EST

Ameer Abdullah: Back with Minnesota

The Vikings have re-signed Abdullah.

Analysis: The 26-year-old logged 23 carries for 115 yards to go along with 15 catches for 88 yards and a TD in 16 games for the team last season. Now that he's back in the fold, Abdullah will continue to serve as a depth option in Minnesota's backfield and should also reprise his role as the squad's primary kickoff returner in 2020.

March 27, 2020 9:45 AM EST

Ameer Abdullah: Mild production in 2019

Abdullah rushed 23 times for 115 yards and caught 15 passes for 88 yards and a score over 16 regular-season games.

Analysis: Abdullah logged a bulk of his touches over the final three games as Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison were battling injuries, but he consistently contributed as a kick returner. The 2015 second-round pick will be an unrestricted free agent if he isn't re-signed by the Vikings, and he may seek an increased role elsewhere.

January 15, 2020 12:50 PM EST

Ameer Abdullah: Gains 36 yards

Abdullah ran for 22 yards on six carries and added 14 yards on three catches during Sunday's 21-19 loss to Chicago.

Analysis: Abdullah took on the RB2 role, again, with both Dalvin Cook (shoulder) and Alexander Mattison (ankle) resting in what was a meaningless game for the Vikings. Not that 36 yards is too much to get excited about, but it'd be foolish to expect even that Sunday against the Saints. Abdullah has had 24 touches in the past three games with the top of the depth chart dinged up, but only 14 touches prior to that this season. Assuming Cook and/or Mattison are ready to play, Abdullah's role should be very limited.

December 31, 2019 3:09 PM EST

Ameer Abdullah: Picks up 58 yards in loss

Abdullah caught six of seven targets for 31 yards and added 27 yards on four carries during Monday's 23-10 loss to Green Bay.

Analysis: With Dalvin Cook (chest) and Alexander Mattison (ankle) both on the shelf, Abdullah played 32 snaps on offense Monday, 14 more than fellow reserve back Mike Boone. He ended up leading the Vikings in targets and catches along the way. The Vikings will be the NFC's sixth seed in the playoffs win lose or draw Sunday against the Bears, so it wouldn't be a surprise if the team rested Cook and Mattison regardless of how they progress through the week. Abdullah caught two passes for 14 yards in limited action against Chicago in Week 4.

December 24, 2019 8:32 PM EST

Ameer Abdullah: Gets five carries Sunday

Abdullah had five carries for 25 yards and didn't record a catch despite two targets in Sunday's win at the Chargers.

Analysis: Abdullah got more carries than usual with Dalvin Cook leaving the game with a shoulder injury, and with Alexander Mattison inactive with an ankle injury. Mike Boone took over as the primary ball carrier late in the blowout win. Boone would likely get the most carries again if both Cook and Mattison are out again next week with Abdullah working in a backup and passing-down role.

December 16, 2019 1:06 PM EST

Ameer Abdullah: Gains two yards in win

Abdullah caught his only target of Sunday's 20-7 win over Detroit for a two-yard gain.

Analysis: Abdullah got involved in the offense Sunday after not recording a touch the prior week. Not that anyone was going to get too excited by a two-yard gain, but Abdullah's value remains very low as he plays behind two very talented backs in Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison and has been touchless in five of his last eight outings, gaining 36 total yards during that span. Sunday brings a challenge in the Chargers' 10th-ranked run defense, surrendering just 4.1 yards per carry

December 10, 2019 9:50 PM EST

Ameer Abdullah: Grabs two passes in loss

Abdullah caught two of three targets for 14 yards during Sunday's 16-6 loss to Chicago.

Analysis: It wasn't much, but Sunday's performance was a step up from the one touch Abdulllah earned in the previous two weeks combined. Abdullah has the misfortune of playing behind a pair of backs in Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison who are each averaging over five yards per carry right now. As Sunday showed, Abdullah can help out a passing game that has struggled mightily this season, but, given Cook's abilities as the team's third-leading receiver, it's unlikely that Abdullah would get too much extra work even if the Vikings try to mix it up a little.

October 1, 2019 8:58 PM EST

Ameer Abdullah: Limited to one carry

Abdullah had a two-yard carry during Sunday's 21-16 loss to Green Bay.

Analysis: Unsurprisingly, Abdullah continued to have a very small role in the offense while competing for carries with the red-hot Dalvin Cook and rookie third-round pick Alexander Mattison. What might be more surprising is that Minnesota isn't even utilizing Abdullah's athleticism in the return game despite his place on the depth chart. Sophomore receiver Chad Beebe has accounted for all five of the Vikings' returns this season.

September 17, 2019 4:08 PM EST

Ameer Abdullah: Gets just two carries

Abdullah had two carries for eight yards in Sunday's win over Atlanta.

Analysis: Abdullah played just four snaps on offense in a game where the Vikings dominated by running the ball (172 yards rushing), so he's not going to be a big part of the running game. He played just four snaps on offense. He does appear as the No. 3 running back since Mike Boone played just two snaps and didn't get a carry. Abdullah's biggest impact will be on special teams as a returner.

September 9, 2019 9:23 AM EST

Ameer Abdullah: Scores in preseason finale

Abdullah ran for 21 yards on five carries and reeled in a 15-yard touchdown pass during Thursday's 27-23 preseason loss to the Bills.

Analysis: Abdullah helped Minnesota strike with the game's first touchdown in the first quarter, snagging a swing pass from Kyle Sloter and racing toward the pylon. The play showed that burst that got Abdullah drafted by Detroit in the second round and what left some intrigue after Latavius Murray departed in free agency, but he probably won't have many opportunities in the regular season. There's a do-it all back in Dalvin Cook and third-round pick in Alexander Mattison ahead of him. Abdullah figures to be primarily a special-teams contributor.

August 29, 2019 7:17 PM EST

Ameer Abdullah: Returns to action

Abdullah (shoulder) had one carry for seven yards and two punt returns for 27 yards in Saturday's preseason win over Arizona.

Analysis: Abdullah had missed practice time with a shoulder injury, but it doesn't look like a worry for the start of the regular season. Abdullah has been competing with Mike Boone and De'Angelo Henderson for the No. 3 role at the running back position, but he may make the roster in any scenario since he's likely to be the team's primary kick and punt returner.

August 25, 2019 8:16 AM EST

Ameer Abdullah: Leaves practice Wednesday

Abdullah suffered a shoulder injury that forced him to leave practice Wednesday, Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Analysis: The former first-round pick suffered the injury during 11-on-11 drills, and it's unclear how serious it is. Abdullah has been competing with Mike Boone and De'Angelo Henderson for the No. 3 role at the running back position, so he'll miss out on valuable reps. Expect the team to update his status in the coming days.

August 21, 2019 4:12 PM EST

Ameer Abdullah: Listed as kick and punt returner

Abdullah is listed as the No. 3 running back and both the primary punt and kick returner on Minnesota's first unofficial depth chart of the preseason.

Analysis: Abdullah is competing with Mike Boone and De'Angelo Henderson for the No. 3 role behind starter Dalvin Cook and backup Alexander Mattison. The Vikings could keep just three running backs on the roster, so Abdullah's role on special teams could help him make the roster. Abdullah may not end up winning the punt return job over Chad Beebe, but he looks set to begin the season as the kickoff returner.

August 6, 2019 10:13 AM EST

Ameer Abdullah: Re-signs with Vikings

Abdullah is re-signing with Minnesota, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM Radio reports.

Analysis: Cut by Detroit midway through the 2018 season, Abdullah quickly resurfaced in Minnesota where he played six snaps on offense and 86 on special teams in seven games. He's never lived up to his second-round draft status, but the ability to return and cover kicks would make him a sensible choice for the No. 3 running back spot. The Vikings recently lost Latavius Murray to the Saints, leaving them with Abdullah, Mike Boone and Roc Thomas as depth options behind Dalvin Cook. With additional competition sure to come later this offseason, Abdullah will need to reprove his value on special teams.

March 18, 2019 1:05 PM EST

Ameer Abdullah: Limited to special teams again

Abdullah played 16 special teams snaps during Sunday's 24-10 loss to the Bears.

Analysis: For the second straight game, Abdullah did not play an offensive snap. He finishes up the season with one reception for 10 yards on two targets. The former 2015 second-round pick was mostly utilized as a kick returner during the 2018 regular season, and did not manage to earn a single carry despite top running back Dalvin Cook missing multiple games due to injury. Set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, Abdullah will look for a depth role elsewhere in the league if Minnesota does not chose to re-sign him.

January 4, 2019 12:54 PM EST

Ameer Abdullah: Targeted once in win

Abdullah was targeted once, but did not record a catch during Sunday's 24-17 win over the Packers.

Analysis: Abdullah has just one touch in two games in Minnesota and, after two kick returns in Week 11, did not bring the ball out on Sunday. The top of the Vikings' stable is pretty set with Latavius Murray and Dalvin Cook. Though Abdullah's speed could conceivably add another dimension to the attack, you should see it before you believe it. The Patriots' bottom-10 total defense looms Sunday.

November 27, 2018 9:06 PM EST

Ameer Abdullah: Gets work as kick returner

Abdullah had one reception for ten yards on his only target in Sunday's loss at Chicago. He also returned two kickoffs for an average of 28.5 yards.

Analysis: He played just one snap on offense as he'll be mostly limited to special teams as long as Dalvin Cook and Latavius Murray are healthy. Still, it's notable that he got time on offense while no. 4 RB Mike Boone was inactive.

November 19, 2018 11:25 AM EST

Ameer Abdullah: Claimed by Vikings

Abdullah was claimed off waivers by the Vikings on Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Abdullah will stay in the NFC North, joining a backfield that already has Dalvin Cook and Latavius Murray. The 2015 second-round pick isn't likely to be an immediate factor in the offense, but he could get a look on kickoff returns. There's no guarantee Abdullah sticks around for long, as the Vikings may view him as nothing more than short-term depth while Roc Thomas recovers from a hamstring injury.

November 7, 2018 1:19 PM EST

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