The Facts: On Friday, Abudlla appeared on Michael Rapaport's I am Rapaport Stereo Podcast. In a lengthy interview, Abdullah opened up about plenty of topics, including how the up-and-down nature of last season wore on him mentally. "It's frustrating, especially coming from Nebraska where I was the guy, I knew I was going to get the ball at least 20 times a game," Abdullah told Rapaport. "For me, it's not necessarily getting a certain number of touches. It's getting meaningful touches and getting into a rhythm. That's where it gets kind of frustrating."
Diehards Line:Indeed, Abdullah's season had very little flow to it. He certainly didn't have the bounce-back season that he and many others were expecting in 2017. Abdullah struggled to find consistency in the running game, ceded passing snaps to the more established Theo Riddick and found himself benched late in the season for an undrafted rookie in Tion Green. This year, he faces increased competition in the backfield, from a free-agent signing in veteran power back LeGarrette Blount to a second-round selection of the Southeastern Conference's leading rusher in Auburn's Kerryon Johnson.