Ameer Abdullah – RB
In all honesty, I was not a fan of the Vikings bringing back Ameer Abdullah for the 2019 season. He is prone to fumbling the football whether he’s carrying it as a back or as a kick returner. I felt that he was extremely replaceable and Minnesota could get the same type of player with a late-round rookie.
I was wrong. Where Abdullah has stood out this season is as a special teamer. He has become the lead gunner after the team opted to not bring Marcus Sherels back and it is a role that Abdullah seems to be cherishing.
He has great top-end speed and he flies down the field, usually being the first man to crash into the opponent’s returner. He’s a very good tackler and he is relentless in his pursuit of the ball carrier.
Abdullah also provides some running back depth. Yes, he is still a fumbler, but he’s an excellent receiver who can make explosive plays out of the backfield and he provides emergency depth if Dalvin Cook or Alexander Mattison were to get hurt.
The Vikings signed Abdullah to a one-year deal last March, which means he’ll be a free agent at year’s end. Teams value special teamers, so there could be a market for this guy. Minnesota should offer him a team-friendly extension now before other offers come in and they get outbid due to their tight salary cap situation.