Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Things haven’t gone completely cleanly for any of the players involved.Abdullah put together seasons of 597 rushing yards in his rookie year (2015) and 552 yards last season. But he also only was able to play two games in 2016 due to a foot injury. This season, he was pushed down the depth chart by veteran LeGarrett Blount, rookie Kerryon Johnson and the versatile Theo Riddick.Johnson, meanwhile, has for the most part thrived when healthy. He broke out with 581 rushing yards as a rookie, then became the best receiving running back with 879 yards to go along with 1,239 more on the ground in 2016.His wrist injury cut into all but 11 carries last season, and offensive woes around him have limited what he hoped would become a bounce-back year in 2018.Meanwhile, the Golden pick after Abdullah came off the board has looked favorable on the Cardinals’ end. He produced 12.5 sacks after a strong rookie season and after playing just four games because of an ACL tear in 2017 has just begun to look like his old self through five games played this year. Top Stories 19 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Ameer Abdullah entered the NFL out of Nebraska with all the hype. He rushed for more than 1,000 yards in three straight seasons, finishing his senior year with 19 touchdowns to cement himself as one of the best running backs in the 2015 NFL Draft class.And that’s how many saw him. The Detroit Lions picked Abdullah 54th overall, taking him in the second round as the third running back off the board, behind Todd Gurley and Melvin Gordon.last_img read more