Ameer Abdullah – RB
The Vikings re-signed running back Ameer Abdullah this offseason to a one year deal worth just over $1 million. The move wasn’t all that shocking as he has been the Vikings primary return man for the last season and a half, and has developed into a hell of a gunner on special teams. He is also able to play running back in a pinch, and while his ball security will always be an issue, he does provide value as a receiver out of the backfield.
While getting Abdullah back in the fold was a smart move by the Vikings, he may find it hard to make the final roster following the moves the team made in the draft. The Vikings used a fifth-round choice on a wide receiver who many had pegged as going undrafted. K.J. Osborn, while needing work as a receiver, is an experienced return man. He has returned both punts and kicks, and that is likely the reason why the Vikings took him much earlier than expected.
Not only did the Vikings land a return man but took other rookies who could excel on special teams, especially as a gunner. They have safeties like Josh Metellus and Brian Cole II, who have excellent speed and aren’t afraid to lay a hit. The same goes for linebacker Troy Dye, who has great speed and explosive tackling ability, whose primary role this season could be on special teams.
These moves could make Abdullah expendable and he may not see his third season with the Minnesota Vikings.