Israel Abanikanda

20-Year-Old Running BackRB
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Abanikanda is quite talented, and his combination of college production and athletic metrics is better than his fellow fifth-round running backs in any given draft. Perhaps the NFL held Abanikanda's youth against him -- he doesn't turn 21 until October and could conceivably need some development time. He ran for 1,431 yards and 20 touchdowns while averaging 6.0 yards per carry at Pittsburgh last season, exceptional numbers that demonstrate his speed and agility. He bulked up a bit for offseason testing (216) after likely playing closer to 200, yet still ran a sub-4.5 40 with elite jumps (41-inch vertical, 128-inch broad jump). Breece Hall is better than Abanikanda, and the Jets signed Dalvin Cook in August for depth, but the rookie could beat out Michael Carter and Zonovan Knight for the No. 3 job. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $4.18 million contract with the Jets in May of 2023.
Won't debut Monday
RBNew York Jets
Coach's Decision
September 11, 2023
Abanikanda (coach's decision) is inactive for Monday's game against the Bills.
Abanikanda was able to clear the Jets' injury report Thursday after dealing with a thigh contusion but will not play in the season opener. He's buried on the depth chart behind Dalvin Cook, Breece Hall and Michael Carter and will have to wait until at least Week 2 against the Cowboys to make his debut.
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Israel Abanikanda's measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
* The 40-Yard Dash, Shuttle Time, Cone Drill, and Vertical Jump metrics are from his Pro Day. All others are from the NFL Combine.
5' 10"
216 lbs
40-Yard Dash*
4.44 sec
Shuttle Time*
4.32 sec
Cone Drill*
7.14 sec
Vertical Jump*
41.0 in
Broad Jump
0 in
Bench Press
0 reps
Hand Length
8.25 in
Arm Length
32.00 in
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Ready to suit up
RBNew York Jets
September 7, 2023
Abanikanda (thigh) wasn't listed on the Jets' injury report Thursday ahead of Monday's game versus the Bills, Rich Cimini of reports.
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Returning to practice
RBNew York Jets
August 29, 2023
Abanikanda (thigh) is slated to practice Tuesday, Eric Allen of the Jets' official site reports.
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Sidelined with thigh contusion
RBNew York Jets
August 22, 2023
Abanikanda (thigh) is expected to be sidelined for a couple weeks, Zack Rosenblatt of The Athletic reports.
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Suffers thigh injury Saturday
RBNew York Jets
August 19, 2023
Abanikanda won't return to Saturday's preseason contest against the Buccaneers due to a thigh injury.
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Team adds veteran RB
RBNew York Jets
August 15, 2023
Abanikanda's path to playing time as a rookie got substantially narrower Monday, as Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports that the Jets have agreed to a one-year contract with Dalvin Cook (shoulder).
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