Count defensive coordinator Teryl Austin among those who think that Abdullah has what it takes to fulfill those hopes. Austin said Saturday that his unit has found it difficult to stop Abdullah during training camp practices.
“We can’t even tackle that guy,” Austin said, via the Detroit Free Press. “We can’t even touch him. He’s like grasping at air.”
Running backs coach Curtis Modkins took a more reserved stance on his charge, saying that while Abdullah shows “unique ability” there is a difference between impressing in practices and impressing against opposing defenses on Sundays. That’s certainly true and Abdullah says he has “so much I have to improve” before he’ll thrive in the NFL, but the team wouldn’t have used a second-round pick on him if they weren’t confident he could do so.
With Joique Bell still working his way back to practice after knee and Achilles surgeries, Abdullah should get plenty of opportunities in the preseason to show whether his ability to make people miss translates beyond friendly competition with the Lions defense. His first crack comes against the Jets this week, the story went on to say. Abdullah is ranked 30th on our list and is getting drafted around the fifth round. Abdullah probably isn't an every down back but can be productive from a fantasy standpoint in the Lions offense if he takes over Reggie Bush's old role.
DET RB Mikel Leshoure - 2014 Fantasy Football Outlook
Prior to Reggie Bush coming to Detroit, Mikel Leshoure had a good ’12 season, running for 798 yards and nine TDs. He also collected 34 receptions that year. He is only 24 and is a big back at 233 pounds.
After being drafted in the second round out of Illinois in ’11, Leshoure has turned into a disappointment. He missed his entire rookie season and only played in three games last year, carrying the rock just twice. Detroit is stacked at RB, with Reggie Bush and Joique Bell battling for No. 1 touches, while speedster Theo Reddick looks to have the third spot nailed down.
Two years ago Mikel looked like he was going to be pretty valuable to the Lions, but things took a nosedive for him quickly. Assuming he’s on the Detroit roster when the season begins, he may steal some short-yardage and goal line carries, but there just isn’t any reason to have him on your roster.