Ameer Abdullah

Carolina Panthers
Running Back #21
Carolina Panthers
Running Back #21

Ameer Abdullah News

Involved without McCaffrey

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

Rushes once Sunday

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

Gets 13 touches

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

Makes four grabs

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

Gets involved Sunday

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

Joins Carolina

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

Released by Vikings

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

Officially joins Minnesota

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

Drops to practice squad

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

Signed to active roster

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

Three touches Sunday

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

Jumps up to active roster

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

Remains with Minneosta

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

Exits Minnesota

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

Totals 41 yards

Abdullah rushed the ball five times for 29 yards in Saturday's preseason contest against Denver. He added two receptions for 12 yards.

Analysis: Abdullah was the team's first back on the field with both Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison held out of the game. He didn't carry a heavy workload but broke off gains of nine and 12 yards to account for the majority of his production. Abdullah figures to have the inside track for the third position on the running back depth chart, though he'll have to hold off Kene Nwangwu (knee) and A.J. Rose.

Aug 14, 2021 7:25 PM EST

Staying with Vikes

Abdullah is re-signing with Minnesota, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The 2015 second-round pick never panned out as a ballcarrier, instead making his living on special teams. He's played only 212 offensive snaps in 39 games for the Vikings, taking 55 touches for 313 yards and three TDs. Abdullah figures to enter training camp as Minnesota's third or fourth running back, but he could be the top guy for kick returns.

Mar 24, 2021 9:03 AM EST

Has 16 touches in 2020

Abdullah ended his 2020 season carrying the ball eight times for 42 yards and catching eight of his nine targets for 58 yards in 16 games. He also had two touchdown receptions

Analysis: Abdullah hasn't been a fantasy asset since 2017 with the Lions. In three seasons since then between Detroit and Minnesota, he has 58 touches in 42 games. With Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison ahead of him on the depth chart, the 27-year-old Abdullah wasn't a vital part of the Vikings' ground attack. Abdullah, an unrestricted free agent once again, won't be much more than a depth option wherever he lands.

Feb 7, 2021 12:37 PM EST

No offensive touches

Abdullah returned one kickoff for 30 yards during Sunday's 33-27 loss to the Bears.

Analysis: The 27-year-old had eight offensive touches over the previous two contests, but he played only one offensive snap with the return of Alexander Mattison Sunday. However, Mattison suffered a concussion, so Abdullah could return to a minor offensive role down the stretch.

Dec 22, 2020 6:18 PM EST

Gets five touches Sunday

Abdullah had three carries for 11 yards and two receptions for ten yards in Sunday's loss at Tampa Bay.

Analysis: Abdullah continues to get more work with Alexander Mattison (abdomen) out, but neither he nor Mike Boone (four snaps) are getting enough touches for viable fantasy value in most formats. Dalvin Cook continues to get almost all the work (22 carries, two receptions and played on 54 of the offense's 79 snaps) as the starting running back.

Dec 14, 2020 1:52 PM EST

Generates 29 yards from scrimmage

Abdullah rushed twice for 11 yards and caught his lone target for 18 yards in Sunday's 27-24 overtime win against the Jaguars.

Analysis: With Alexander Mattison (abdomen) out, Abdullah handled just four snaps on offense, while Mike Boone played just two. Dalvin Cook simply absorbed Mattison's workload and finished with 38 touches and an 87 percent snap share. In turn, Abdullah can't be trusted as a fantasy player unless both Cook and Mattison are sidelined.

Dec 8, 2020 1:16 PM EST

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