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|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.
|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.