The Lowdown: Niles Paul, Ameer Abdullah, and Matt Jones

Ameer Abdullah

Lions rookie running back Ameer Abdullah had himself quite the preseason game on Thursday night against the Jets. I imagine Abdullah started trending on Twitter right after he broke off this 45 yard run upfield. For a period of time before the draft it looked as if this backfield belonged to Joique Bell; that’s far from the case anymore. Bell is still nursing knee and Achilles injuries and Abdullah keeps gaining more momentum.


Bell and Abdullah’s ADP essentially flip-flopped back in mid June. Abdullah finished yesterday’s game with seven carries for 67 yards. Zach Zenner also finished the game with 55 yards on 13 carries. At this point Abdullah is definitely somebody I am going to be targeting in my drafts. Anthony Amico looks into whether you should draft TJ Yeldon or Abdullah and Patrick Kerrane thinks Ammer Abdullah could be a league winner in 2015.

Niles Paul

It was sad to see Niles Paul exit Thursdays exhibition game with a dislocated ankle. He was settling in as the top tight end for the Redskins after have a solid training camp. Jordan Reed is nursing a hamstring injury (shocking) and Logan Paulsen has a bum toe. This leaves Chase Dixon and Je’Ron Hamm as the two remaining healthy tight ends on the Washington roster. Paul would’ve made an excellent min-salary play on DraftKings and FanDuel, but this won’t be the case anymore. There isn’t any tight end you’d want to target on the Redskins. Reed could be worth a flier late in drafts if you’re looking to stream tight ends for the season.

Matt Jones

Washington rookie Matt Jones finished Thursday’s preseason game with 38 yards on five carries and added another 11 yards through the air on one reception. The Redskins selected him in this years draft with their third-round pick. With the departure of Roy Helu they had a void to fill for their third-down back.


Jones is somebody that really intrigues me in drafts this year. He comes with a free price tag and he should have a strong grasp as the No. 2 RB behind Alfred Morris. Jones draws similar comps to Le’Veon Ball in our box score scout and on Anthony Amico has him pegged as one of the four late round running backs you should be targeting and Jon Moore makes the case for Matt Jones being the heir to Alfred Morris.

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