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What Lions fans should know about Abram is that he is much more than just a block-first fullback.
Abram ran the 40-yard dash in 4.58 seconds at 240 pounds at his pro day in March, a pro day attended by former Florida State alum and current Lions general manager Martin Mayhew.
It was that performance that really put Abram on the Lions' radar and he became one of their preferred free agent signings for the team immediately following the draft.
Abram’s unique blend of power and speed make him an ideal fit for a Lions offense that’s putting the fullback back in play.
“It’s an advantage for me because I can be a good target out of the backfield,” Abram told detroitlions.com after Tuesday’s OTA practice on how his speed plays to his advantage.
“I was talking with (running backs) coach (Curtis) Modkins and he said they could use me on third downs because I’m a bigger back and I can block, and if no one is blitzing, I can get out (into the flat) just as fast as a regular running back can.”
“He really just caught a bunch of people’s eye catching the ball out of the backfield,” Mayhew said in a radio interview last week. “He’s almost 6-foot. He’s 240 pounds. He played a big role in teams down there until this year, so we see him as a guy who may have a chance as a fullback/special teams guy to come in and compete.”
Abram spent his first three seasons at Florida State as a special team’s ace. He started on three of four phases of special teams, serving as an edger on kickoff coverage, one of the back ends on kickoff return and one of the top coverage guys on punt return, usually responsible for manning the opponent's best coverage player.
“Like (special teams) coach (John) Bonomego says, special teams is the personality of the whole team,” Abram said. “Especially the kickoff team.
“You want to go down there and be as physical as possible and that can be the teams personality before the offense or defense gets a chance to get on the field. The other team will know everything they need to know about us.”
Abram said he “loves” playing special teams because they are some of the most competitive plays in a game.
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