While Ameer Abdullah is clearly Detroit’s best option at running back, don’t expect him to carry the ball like Adrian Peterson or Doug Martin. The Lions aren’t planning on anything like that for him. Not even close.
He’ll get his touches. Just not like a traditional lead back might.
“I don’t envision him carrying the ball 30 times in a ballgame,” Lions coach Jim Caldwell said. “I think he’s capable, certainly, but that’s not his strength. I think he’s one of those guys that you have to get it to him a number of different ways.
“Do I think he’s durable enough to do it? Absolutely. Do I think he’s strong enough to do it? Absolutely. But I just don’t think that’s his cup of tea.”
It sounds as if Abdullah will have a larger role in the passing game after averaging just 1.6 catches per game as a rookie. Zach Zenner will be used in relief and we know Theo Riddick will be used frequently as a receiver.