Ameer Abdullah is a former second-round draft pick who had some success on the Lions in his first four years. He was picked up by the Vikings last season and didn’t see much action on offense, but has a chance to rise up on the depth chart this season with Latavius Murray out of the picture.
Abdullah had one offensive touch in his seven games with the Vikings last season, a catch for 10 yards. Minnesota used Abdullah as its return man in 2018 rather than an offensive weapon. That could change in 2019, but there’s nothing to really indicate that’s the case.
2019 Bottom Line
Minnesota drafted Alexander Mattison in the third round and also kept Mike Boone, who saw more touches on offense than Abdullah in 2018. When discussing the running back group to reporters, head coach Mike Zimmer discussed Mattison and Boone as competing for the backup spot without mentioning Abdullah. Expect Abdullah to mostly see special teams touches.