Film Review: What’s wrong with Lions’ offense?

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A version of this article was published by the Detroit Free Press.

Entering this season, there were high expectations for a Lions’ offense that was far too inconsistent last season.

Detroit’s priority in the off-season was to improve the offensive line and, by extension, the league’s 28th-ranked rushing attack, which averaged a paltry 3.6 yards-per-carry (29th). They traded for veteran guard/center Manny Ramirez, drafted guard Laken Tomlinson in the first round and added running back Ameer Abdullah in the second round. Continue reading


Film Review: Ameer Abdullah’s impressive debut

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Photo Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Look, I’ve been championing Lions rookie running back Ameer Abdullah ever since I sat down to watch his college tape last March ahead of the 2015 NFL Draft. Continue reading

Film Study: Reviewing the talented RB class in tiers

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(Left to right: Ameer Abdullah, Todd Gurley III and T.J. Yeldon)

After studying this talented running back class for the past two months, I’ve decided to review my notes and combine all of my evaluations on the top RBs into one informative article. I will try to keep this concise yet detailed and informative. Continue reading

Lions 2015 Draft Strategy: Target OL in Round 1

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Florida’s offensive tackle D.J. Humphries visited the Lions in Allen Park and could be on Detroit’s short list of first round targets.

Today is like Chanukah for NFL franchises. Or Christmas I guess. The day has finally come to open up presents.

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NFL Draft Prospect Film Study: Ameer Abdullah

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Eric Francis/Getty Images

A version of this article was published by the Detroit Free Press.

Note: When the Lions released Reggie Bush, they made it clear they wanted to revamp their running back corps. With Bush departed, there is ample room for an upgrade. Joique Bell, Theo Riddick and George Winn remain in the fold, but the Lions desperately lack a true home run threat out of the backfield. They will add another back before training camp, likely through the 2015 NFL draft.

Each week, we’ll examine a running back from this year’s talented crop. We’ve studied Todd Gurley, Melvin Gordon, Tevin Coleman and Duke Johnson. Part V of our film series spotlights Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah.

One of the few senior RBs from this class, Ameer Abdullah is a decisive, fearless runner who is far more physical than his diminutive size would suggest. Continue reading