|Abdullah in line for more work in Week 10 -- Thu Nov 12 5:35 pm --|
"Game situations" dictated his lack of use in London loss
|He had one carry the last time he took the field. In a season where Ameer Abdullah started off shining and ended up benched and then barely used, this was the nadir. Against the Chiefs, the Detroit Lions rookie running back had one carry and played just five snaps. That, though, could be changing.
“Ameer’s role will be growing. I’d like to get him the ball,” Lions offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter said. “I’d like to get all our guys the ball, like we said, that week the situation of that game didn’t lend to a ton of runs once we got into a certain point in the game.” (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: The Lions had a season-low 14 carries against Kansas City and other than the team’s lone win of the season against Chicago, Detroit has not had more than 19 carries in a game this season. The Lions are averaging an embarrassing 69.6 rushing yards and no one in power in Detroit seems to be in a hurry to give their rookie more work than backfield partners Joique Bell and Theo Riddick. No Lions runner is more than a low-end flex at the moment.
|Matt Stafford and Joique Bell practice Wednesday -- Wed Oct 28 6:20 pm --|
|Chandler's Cross, England — The Lions traveled overseas as an extremely healthy team, but one of their star players was a surprising absence in Wednesday’s practice at The Grove, a luxury resort about 30 miles northeast of Central London.
Wide receiver Calvin Johnson watched practice without a helmet during the 20-minute portion open to the media, but the team listed him as out for something “not injury related,” meaning he was likely resting for the day and should be available for Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs (9:30 a.m., FOX) at Wembley Stadium. Quarterback Matthew Stafford (quad) and running back Joique Bell (ankle) were full participants, but the team still listed them on Wednesday’s injury report.
FF Today's Take: Calvin Johnson missed practice for non-injury reasons so there isn't anything to worry about for Megatron owners. The Lions offense figures to undergo some change following the firing of Joe Lombardi as the team's OC. Running back Joique Bell is now practicing fully after being banged up for most of the year. Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick are not going to be pushed off the field so a RBBC seems inevitable. Matt Stafford was able to practice and should be on track to play this weekend, however his owners may want to keep him benched against a quality pass rush playing overseas under a new Offensive Coordinator.
|Abdullah to be used extensively in passing game -- Thu Sep 10 6:25 pm --|
Rookie RB's role likely to mirror Reggie Bush's
|Lions OC Joe Lombardi on Ameer Abdullah: He's going to get a chance to run the ball, and he's going to get a chance to be used extensively in the passing game. (Kyle Meinke on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: In case it wasn't somewhat obvious before, the Lions intend on using Abdullah much like they did Reggie Bush when he was able to stay healthy in 2013. That role led to a RB9 finish for Bush in PPR formats and a RB10 finish in standard leagues. Detroit may not give him more than 15 offensive touches initially as it uses him as a returner, but he's highly likely to lead the backfield in fantasy points before the season is over. Joique Bell is expected to get the start in Week 1.
|Joique Bell still atop depth chart -- Tue Sep 1 9:50 am --|
Lions RB listed as No. 1 -- for now
|Joique Bell was activated off the physically unable to perform list Monday, and immediately returned to the first-unit offense ahead of Ameer Abdullah, Zach Zenner, Theo Riddick and George Winn. He was listed first on the depth chart, too, though he is not expected to play in Thursday's preseason finale against Buffalo (Mlive.com)|
FF Today's Take: Bell rushed 223 times for a career-best 860 yards and a team-best seven touchdowns in 2015, eclipsing Reggie Bush (now with San Fran) as the team's primary tailback. A year later, Bell remains in that role to open this season despite some promising early returns from the talented but raw Abdullah and Zenner -- a former standout at South Dakota State. Bell looks like a good bet for consistent numbers over the first half of the season, with Abdullah getting more early-down work as the season progresses.