The Detroit Lions did not take a running back with any of their nine picks in this year's NFL draft, and general manager Bob Quinn said tonight that Ameer Abdullah will open the 2017 season as his starter. Abdullah played in just two games last season before undergoing foot surgery, and the Lions struggled to run the ball in his absence. They finished 30th in the NFL in total rushing and have fewer yards on the ground than any team over the last two seasons. “I feel pretty good about the position," Quinn said. "There were a couple running backs that we looked at in the middle part of the draft, but just no one we felt that was going to come in and really unseat any of the guys that we have on our roster. So I feel good about that spot." Abdullah led the Lions with 591 yards rushing as a rookie in 2015 and got off to a hot start last season with 101 yards on 18 carries before his injury. Backup running back Theo Riddick also finished last season on injured reserve because of injuries to both wrists that required surgery. Abdullah is taking part in off-season workouts with the team, while Quinn said Riddick still is "dealing with a few things."
Lions GM Bob Quinn: Abdullah starting RB, door still open for Boldin
Detroit Free Press | Apr 30