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Lions notes: Ameer Abdullah named RB most likely to break out in 2017

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Expectations continue to rise for the Lions third-year running back.

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  • On Wednesday’s episode of “Good Morning Football,” former Detroit Lions receiver Nate Burleson named Ameer Abdullah his potential breakout running back for the 2017 season:

  • According to the Detroit Free Press’ Dave Birkett, Dominic Raiola has taken a leave of absence as the Lions’ assistant strength and conditioning coach for personal reasons:

  • One defensive end dark horse candidate to make the roster is undrafted rookie Alex Barrett. Birkett explains how Barrett has made a big impression in his first week at training camp.

  • The NFL is selling these... eye-catching “blaze” helmets for each team. What do you think of the Lions design?

  • Sports Illustrated’s Andy Benoit is a big fan of Matthew Stafford:

  • The Lions rank just 21st in under-25 talent, according to ESPN’s Scott Kacsmar (Insider required). Kacsmar points to Eric Ebron, Kenny Golladay and Ameer Abdullah as good potential on offense, while A’Shawn Robinson and Jarrad Davis are key, young figures on defense.