When the Detroit Lions drafted Ameer Abdullah with the 54th pick of the 2015 NFL Draft, many analysts praised the team for addressing a running game that struggled to produce in 2014. Then as the preseason unfolded, Abdullah drew comparisons to the great Barry Sanders. Obviously, this was a very premature comparison, but it proves my point just how high many people were on the rookie out of Nebraska.
But was the pick really a good one, or just the latest mistake by Lions general manager Martin Mayhew? Dare I ask, is Ameer Abdullah the latest Lions draft bust or will he prove the doubters wrong?
In his first eight games as a professional, Abdullah has fumbled the ball four times, a number that is unacceptable at any level. Because of his inability to secure the football, Abdullah has seen his playing time cut down in a big way. Following his 17 total touches in Week 6 against the Chicago Bears, a week in which he fumbled, Abdullah has seen his touches go down to eight against Minnesota in Week 7 and then a career low one touch this past Sunday against Kansas City.
Abdullah played on only five of the Lions total snaps on Sunday and unless he can prove to the Lions coaching staff that he can hold onto the football, that trend will continue.
So, Nation, I ask you…
Is Ameer Abdullah the latest Lions draft bust or will he prove that he can hold on to the ball and have a great career in Detroit like many have predicted?