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
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
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
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
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
Abdullah had one reception for a 22-yard touchdown in Sunday's win over Detroit.
Analysis: Abdullah played just one snap on offense and he's had just two receptions all season (along with two carries), so we wouldn't read too much into this touchdown. Abdullah is fourth on the RB depth chart and will only be a significant factor if both Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison are sidelined.
Nov 10, 2020 2:23 PM EST
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.
Oct 19, 2020 2:11 PM EST
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.
Sep 14, 2020 12:25 PM EST
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.
Mar 27, 2020 9:45 AM EST
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.
Jan 15, 2020 12:50 PM EST
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.
Dec 31, 2019 3:09 PM EST
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.
Dec 24, 2019 8:32 PM EST
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.
Dec 16, 2019 1:06 PM EST
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
Dec 10, 2019 9:50 PM EST
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.
Oct 1, 2019 8:58 PM EST
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.
Sep 17, 2019 4:08 PM EST
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.
Sep 9, 2019 9:23 AM EST
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.
Aug 29, 2019 7:17 PM EST
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.
Aug 25, 2019 8:16 AM EST
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.
Aug 21, 2019 4:12 PM EST
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