Ameer Abdullah

Las Vegas Raiders
Running Back #21
Las Vegas Raiders
Running Back #21

Ameer Abdullah News

Dealing with injury

Abdullah (hamstring) was limited on Monday's estimated practice report, Vincent Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

Analysis: Abdullah played his typical workload in Sunday's game with the Chargers. With the Raiders playing Thursday against the Rams, any appearance on the injury report early in the week takes on more meaning. However, his limitation was just an estimate and his status in the days ahead will be worth monitoring.

Dec 5, 2022 2:06 PM EST

One touch Sunday

Abdullah took one carry for four yards and failed to catch his only target in Sunday's 27-20 win over the Chargers.

Analysis: Abdullah failed to catch a single pass for the first time since Week 5, logging only 12 offensive snaps behind starter Josh Jacobs. Abdullah's pass-down role could diminish if the Raiders manage to build an early lead against the 3-9 Rams on Thursday.

Dec 5, 2022 9:57 AM EST

Catches first TD of season

Abdullah rushed for 16 yards on three carries and caught all three of his targets for 39 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 40-34 overtime win over the Seahawks. He also returned three kickoffs for 73 yards.

Analysis: Abdullah found the end zone for the first time this season in Seattle, where he racked up 55 yards on six touches despite playing only 14 offensive snaps behind a monster performance from Josh Jacobs. The latter figures to remain the workhorse out of the Raiders' backfield Week 13 against the Chargers, but Abdullah has now caught at least three passes in three straight games.

Nov 28, 2022 12:01 PM EST

Held to five yards on three catches

Abdullah caught three of four targets for five yards in Sunday's 22-16 overtime win over the Broncos. He also returned three kickoffs for 69 yards.

Analysis: Abdullah has caught at least three passes in three of the Raiders' past four contests, but only one of his receptions went for positive yardage Sunday. Starter Josh Jacobs was Las Vegas' only running back to record a carry, though Abdullah figures to continue providing relief on pass downs when the Raiders visit Seattle in Week 12.

Nov 21, 2022 10:50 AM EST

Returns to practice Thursday

Abdullah was a full participant in practice Thursday, Rachel Gossen of the Raiders' official site reports.

Analysis: Abdullah sat out practice due to an illness Wednesday, but he was back on the field Thursday. His ability to practice without limitations suggests that the veteran ball carrier should be good to go for Sunday's clash against Denver. Though he has yet to log a carry this season, Abdullah has seen at least 14 snaps each of the past three weeks and has caught nine passes for 69 yards over that span.

Nov 17, 2022 3:10 PM EST

Comes down will illness

Abdullah (illness) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Rachel Gossen of the Raiders' official site reports.

Analysis: Abdullah appears to have picked up an illness after catching all four of his targets during Sunday's loss to the Colts. While the nature of this ailment is still unclear, he'll have two full days to overcome this ailment before Las Vegas' final injury report Friday. Abdullah has seen a sharp increase in his playing time on offense over the past four weeks, and he'll look to maintain a pass-catching role out of the backfield this Sunday against the Broncos.

Nov 16, 2022 3:41 PM EST

Four receptions in loss

Abdullah caught all four of his targets for 33 yards in Sunday's 25-20 loss to the Colts. He also returned three kickoffs for 86 yards.

Analysis: Abdullah has racked up nine total catches throughout the Raiders' past three games, but workhorse Josh Jacobs caught six passes on eight targets of his own out of the backfield during Sunday's contest. Nonetheless, Abdullah remains well ahead of fellow backup Brandon Bolden for pass-down work behind Jacobs.

Nov 15, 2022 5:04 AM EST

Targeted thrice in loss

Abdullah caught one of three targets for eight yards in Sunday's 27-20 loss to the Jaguars. He also returned two kickoffs for 21 yards.

Analysis: Abdullah has beat out fellow backup Brandon Bolden for the pass-down role out of the Raiders' backfield since the team's Week 6 bye, but it hasn't translated to much fantasy relevance for Abdullah behind workhorse Josh Jacobs. Abdullah figures to see a similar level of involvement against the Colts in Week 10.

Nov 7, 2022 7:23 AM EST

Four receptions Sunday

Abdullah caught four passes for 28 yards on five targets in Sunday's 24-0 loss to the Saints.

Analysis: Abdullah has caught a total of six passes over the Raiders' past two contests, but three of his receptions came in the fourth quarter Sunday when the Saints had already built a 24-point lead. Fellow backup Brandon Bolden played just one offensive snap to Abdullah's 20, indicating the latter may have a firmer grasp on the pass-down role again Week 9 against the Jaguars.

Oct 31, 2022 8:39 AM EST

Pair of receptions Sunday

Abdullah caught two passes on as many targets for seven yards in Sunday's 38-20 win over the Texans. He also returned one kickoff for 17 yards.

Analysis: Abdullah played more than one offensive snap for the first time since Week 2, but he handled just two touches while starter Josh Jacobs racked up 155 total yards and three scores. Meanwhile, Brandon Bolden only saw the field on special teams. Abdullah's role in the offense figures to remain limited against the Saints in Week 8 with Jacobs at full strength.

Oct 24, 2022 8:53 AM EST

Takes lone reception 23 yards

Abdullah caught his only target for 23 yards in Sunday's overtime loss to the Cardinals.

Analysis: Abdullah played 14 offensive snaps in the pass-down role behind starter Josh Jacobs with fellow running back Brandon Bolden (hamstring) sidelined for the contest, but Abdullah's only touch came in the second quarter. Jacobs, who handled 19 carries for 69 yards Sunday, should lead the charge out of the Raiders' backfield again Week 3 at Tennessee while Abdullah mixes in sparingly.

Sep 20, 2022 10:05 AM EST

Targeted once Sunday

Abdullah failed to reel in his only target in Sunday's 24-19 loss to the Chargers.

Analysis: Abdullah played only seven offensive snaps while fellow running back Brandon Bolden caught two passes for 21 yards and a score behind starter Josh Jacobs. However, Bolden exited Sunday's contest early due to a hamstring injury, so Abdullah could see an uptick in passing-down work Week 2 against the Cardinals if Bolden remains sidelined.

Sep 12, 2022 9:55 AM EST

Could split role with Bolden

Abdullah and Brandon Bolden split third-down work in Tuesday's practice, and both could have roles in a likely backfield committee, Tashan Reed and Vic Tafur or The Athletic report.

Analysis: Josh Jacobs seems to be on track for the Week 1 start, but with Abdullah and Bolden candidates to steal passing-down snaps and rookie Zamir White a threat to take short-yardage work. While four-man backfield committees aren't common, the Raiders could do it without much sacrifice elsewhere on the roster, as Bolden and Abdullah both have ample experience playing special teams. It's also still possible coach Josh McDaniel chooses one over the other for a role that mostly figures to entail playing time in hurry-up situations and on third downs.

Aug 24, 2022 9:11 AM EST

Doesn't play Sunday

Abdullah didn't see any snaps in Sunday's preseason win over the Vikings.

Analysis: The same applies to the Raiders' top back Josh Jacobs, as well as versatile special teams ace Brandon Bolden, which paved the way for Brittain Brown, Austin Walter, Kenyan Drake and Zamir White to handle the carries in the team's second preseason game. Heading into training camp, there wasn't much fantasy buzz about Abdullah, but at this stage the 29-year-old appears to be making a push to overtake Drake as the team's top change-of-pace back. With that in mind, Albert Breer of noted Friday that Abdullah is "carving out a real role," and if he indeed emerges as a key pass-catching threat out of the Las Vegas backfield, the 2015 second-rounder could resurface on the PPR radar.

Aug 15, 2022 8:45 AM EST

Finds end zone in preseason opener

Abdullah rushed twice for seven yards and a touchdown, secured both targets for 23 yards and returned one punt for 13 yards during the Raiders' 27-11 preseason win over the Jaguars in Thursday's Hall of Fame Game.

Analysis: Abdullah was the third running back into the game behind Josh Jacobs and rookie Zamir White, making his presence felt on an eight-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. The versatile veteran also looked good on the receiving front and in his one return opportunity, and his ability to contribute on special teams could ultimately prove to be the tiebreaker if it comes down to him and Kenyan Drake for a roster spot. Abdullah's next opportunity to make his case for a roster spot comes in the Raiders' next preseason matchup on Sunday, Aug. 14 against the Vikings.

Aug 4, 2022 9:02 PM EST

Signed by Raiders

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

Leads team in touches

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

Garners 10 touches

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

Gets five touches

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

Good receiving production

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

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