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Theo Riddick | Running Back

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (23) / 5/4/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 200
College: Notre Dame
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Theo Riddick (abdomen) returned to Lions practice Monday.
Riddick left Detroit's preseason opener early with an abdominal injury, but should be fine now. He's the No. 3 back behind Joique Bell and Reggie Bush. Aug 11 - 3:33 PM

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Lions RB Theo Riddick was forced from Saturday's preseason opener with an abdominal injury.

Riddick entered the game on the Lions' second series, splitting time with Joique Bell and Mikel Leshoure. Riddick suffered the injury on his only touch, a nine-yard reception. He took a thundering hit from Donte Whitner, but managed to hold onto the ball for a first down. It didn't have the looks of an overly serious injury. Riddick should be considered questionable for the Lions' second exhibition tilt next Friday. A practice darling, Riddick needs to put some big plays on tape this preseason to solidify an offensive role.
Aug 9 - 9:05 PM

Running backs coach Curtis Modkins said Theo Riddick could get snaps as a slot receiver this season.

Riddick has been buzzing throughout the offseason as a player the Lions really like, but it's hard to see him stealing too many snaps from Joique Bell or Reggie Bush. There is a hole in the slot though, as Kevin Ogletree and Ryan Broyles are far from entrenched. Riddick's skill set in the Lions' new Saints-esque scheme is worth watching in Dynasty formats.
Aug 3 - 9:35 AM

Backup QB Dan Orlovsky expects Theo Riddick to serve in a Darren Sproles-like role for the Lions.

We're a bit loath to post about a No. 2 quarterback praising a No. 3 running back, but this isn't the first we've heard of a Sproles-type role for Riddick. "(Riddick), he wasn’t covered a single time in OTAs and minicamp," Orlovsky said. "And I think that it’s even going to be easier for him when he gets pads on because, once linebackers just try to start colliding him, and that’s what teams started to do with Sproles sometimes. ... You hit the home run once every 10 plays, and then 9 out of 10 times, Sproles wins. And that’s what I think Theo’s going to do for us." Riddick is unlikely to make a re-draft impact behind Reggie Bush and Joique Bell, but is becoming a more-attractive target in Dynasty leagues.
Jul 7 - 2:56 PM

Reggie Bush said second-year RB Theo Riddick will be used a lot more this season.

Riddick played just 49 snaps last season as a sixth-round rookie, but there's talk he could be used in the Darren Sproles role under former Saints assistant turned Lions OC Joe Lombardi. NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah is calling Riddick his "favorite sleeper" for 2014. It's a situation to monitor, but there are a ton of mouths to feed in Detroit now. Riddick will likely have to wait until the Lions move on from the 29-year-old Bush before getting a truly significant chance.
Jun 9 - 11:23 AM

Theo Riddick rushed four times for 12 yards in Sunday's Week 14 loss at Philadelphia.

With Reggie Bush (calf) unable to go, Riddick was Joique Bell's caddy. But even though Bell lost two red-zone fumbles early on, the Lions never turned the reins over to the sixth-round rookie out of Notre Dame.
Sun, Dec 8, 2013 05:27:00 PM

Theo Riddick rushed one time for seven yards and caught a seven-yard pass in Week 8 against the Cowboys.

Riddick played just two snaps in the win but touched the ball on both. He's rushed three times for five yards and caught two passes for 15 yards through his first six career appearances, playing just 21 snaps. The sixth-round rookie out of Notre Dame is the No. 3 back and remains a Dynasty stash as a back who works well in space. With RB/FB Montell Owens returning from short-term I.R. this week, Riddick may find it even harder to get on the field in 2013.
Sat, Nov 2, 2013 11:08:00 AM

Lions RB Theo Riddick (concussion) returned to practice Friday, and the Detroit Free Press believes he could play a "slightly" bigger role than usual in Week 7 against the Bengals.

It's because Joique Bell (ribs) is banged up and was limited in practice all week. Bell is tentatively expected to be active for Week 7, but no Lions running back is worth a fantasy start this week beyond obvious RB1 Reggie Bush.
Fri, Oct 18, 2013 12:54:00 PM

Lions RB Theo Riddick (concussion) has not resumed practicing.

Both Riddick and TE Tony Scheffler sustained concussions against the Packers. They're unlikely to suit up in Week 6. Mikel Leshoure figures to fill in as the No. 3 back.
Thu, Oct 10, 2013 11:54:00 AM

Reserve RB Theo Riddick was forced from Detroit's Week 5 game against the Packers with a concussion, and will not return.

Riddick wasn't playing on offense, but it leaves the Lions thin at running back with Mikel Leshoure a healthy scratch. Riddick is week to week.
Sun, Oct 6, 2013 02:49:00 PM

MLive.com believes Lions sixth-round RB Theo Riddick could be Joique Bell's top backup this week, ahead of Mikel Leshoure, if Reggie Bush (knee) sits out.

Riddick has been on the active 46-man roster for game days over Leshoure the first two weeks mainly because he contributes on special teams. OC Scott Linehan thinks Riddick has "some of the effect that maybe a Reggie might do" as a rusher and receiver out of the backfield. It's looking like Leshoure has no future in Detroit. He's a candidate to be traded ahead of October's deadline.
Source: MLive.com
Fri, Sep 20, 2013 10:20:00 AM

The Detroit Free Press believes Lions sixth-round RB Theo Riddick has already secured a roster spot.

Riddick rushed just four times for 12 yards in Friday's preseason opener, but has been impressing with his ability between-the-tackles. He's also contributed on returns. Riddick will likely open the season as Detroit's fourth running back, but could push Mikel Leshoure if he continues to show well in camp.
Sun, Aug 11, 2013 08:54:00 AM

DetroitLions.com reports sixth-round RB Theo Riddick has been impressing with his ability to run between-the-tackles.

"He doesn't run the ball like a rookie," Reggie Bush said. "He has very good vision and he's a natural runner in-between the tackles." The Lions have been pumping up Riddick all week, sending perhaps a not-so-subtle message to Mikel Leshoure. We're not suggesting it will happen, but it wouldn't be stunning if Riddick stole Leshoure's roster spot with an impressive preseason.
Thu, Aug 8, 2013 12:20:00 PM

Sixth-round RB Theo Riddick was mostly working behind undrafted free agent Steven Miller in Lions rookie minicamp.

It may have just been a way for the Lions to get a longer look at Miller, but it's proof Riddick's roster spot is far from assured. With Reggie Bush, Mikel Leshoure and Joique Bell all locks for roster spots, Riddick is going to have to be on his game in training camp.
Mon, May 13, 2013 08:55:00 AM

Lions agreed to terms with No. 199 overall pick RB Theo Riddick on a four-year, $2.25 million contract.

The feature back for the BCS runner-up Notre Dame Fighting Irish last season, Riddick is a former receiver who nevertheless clocked a mediocre 4.68 in the 40-yard dash. He'll have to show very well in camp to earn a roster spot behind Reggie Bush, Mikel Leshoure and Joique Bell. The practice squad is Riddick's most likely destination.
Wed, May 8, 2013 03:56:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Matthew Stafford
2Dan Orlovsky
3Kellen Moore
4James Franklin
RB1Reggie Bush
2Joique Bell
3Theo Riddick
4Mikel Leshoure
5Steven Miller
GLB1Reggie Bush
2Joique Bell
3RB1Reggie Bush
2Joique Bell
FB1Jed Collins
2Montell Owens
3Chad Abram
WR11Calvin Johnson
2Kevin Ogletree
3Jeremy Ross
4T.J. Jones
WR21Golden Tate
2Kris Durham
3Ryan Broyles
4Corey Fuller
5Pat Edwards
WR31Kevin Ogletree
TE1Brandon Pettigrew
2Eric Ebron
3Joseph Fauria
4Jordan Thompson
5Jacob Maxwell
K1Nate Freese
2Giorgio Tavecchio