This season didn’t go at all how Ameer Abdullah planned. Abdullah opened the year as the Lions’ starting running back and led the team with 552 yards rushing, but he finished as the third back in a timeshare and now awaits an uncertain future this offseason. “It’s just been very sporadic, very different for me,” Abdullah told the Free Press last week. “It’s been a very different experience. I’m used to being a solid contributor to my team in all phases, at all times, when I was playing. So just kind of work with what I’m given right now. It’s interesting, but I think it’s teaching me a lot.” Abdullah said he’ll “cross that road when it comes” when asked if he desires a fresh start elsewhere given his diminished role, but for now he remains under contract for one more season with the Lions. General manager Bob Quinn did not mention Abdullah by name at his postseason news conference Monday, but he said he does not feel like he overestimated his backfield last year, when he did not add help in free agency or the draft, and he does not regret passing on players like Alvin Kamara and Kareem Hunt who had standout rookie seasons. “I think our running backs, they didn’t perform as good as everyone thought. I think that’s the facts,” Quinn said. “But I think we have guys in that room that are tough guys, they’re smart guys, they have skill. Will we add someone? Probably, to that room. Absolutely. But that’s how the NFL really rolls. Every year there’s about 30% turnover on teams, so you’re never going to have the same team year to year.” Abdullah’s future with the team is murky after three bumpy seasons.
Lions RB Ameer Abdullah ponders future after 'very different' year
Detroit Free Press | Jan 2