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Theo Riddick | Running Back | #25

Team: Detroit Lions
Age / DOB:  (25) / 5/4/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 201
College: Notre Dame
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 6 (199) / DET
Contract: view contract details

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MLive's Justin Rogers believes it is "unreasonable" to expect a lot more carries for Theo Riddick.
Riddick made his bones in the passing game last season, recording 80 receptions for 697 yards and three scores, but he was only given 43 touches in the running game. Even with significant questions at running back, it does not sound like the Lions will give him a ton more work on the ground. Riddick is still in the FLEX mix in PPR formats because of his involvement in the passing game. Jul 25 - 12:31 PM

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Lions OC Jim Bob Cooter expects RB Theo Riddick to get more carries this year.

Riddick led all NFL running backs with 80 catches last season, but he only logged 43 carries. The 25-year-old has struggled running the ball throughout his career, averaging 2.9 yards on just 72 rushing attempts. Riddick may occupy a slightly larger running-game role following Joique Bell's release, but he'll mostly be used on passing downs with Ameer Abdullah working as the lead back.
Jun 9 - 3:23 PM

Lions RB Theo Riddick is interested in an extension.

The Lions haven’t opened talks with Riddick, but could extend him closer to training camp. Riddick had a breakout 2015, leading all running backs with a 80/697/3 receiving line. 24-year-old Riddick is owed $675,000 in the final year of his rookie deal.
Mar 12 - 7:19 PM

Theo Riddick rushed twice for four yards and caught 4-of-5 targets for 29 yards in the Lions' Week 17 win over the Bears.

Although Riddick remained ineffective on the ground in 2015 (3.09 YPC), he become one of the league's most dangerous receiving backs as a third-year pro. Riddick's 80 receptions led all NFL running backs, while his usage grew under interim OC Jim Bob Cooter as a high-percentage safety valve for Matthew Stafford. Riddick will enter his contract year in 2016. The poor man's Sproles turns 25 in May and should work in a similar role next season.
Jan 3 - 5:13 PM

Theo Riddick rushed seven times for 20 yards and caught 7-of-8 targets for 63 yards in the Lions' Week 16 win over San Francisco.

Although he remains deficient as a ball carrier, Riddick has emerged as one of the NFL's highest-impact pass-catching running backs this season. He's up to 76 receptions, breaking a Lions record for single-season catches by a running back and leading the league at his position. The Lions will wrap up their 2015 campaign in a Week 17 date with the Bears.
Sun, Dec 27, 2015 05:05:00 PM

Theo Riddick logged two carries for three yards and caught both of his targets for 27 yards in the Lions' Week 15 win over the Saints.

Riddick contributed one of the game’s most memorable plays, juking Dannell Ellerbe right out of his shoes on a check-down pass in the first half. Unfortunately he wasn’t targeted again until about halfway through the fourth quarter. Riddick leads all running backs with 69 receptions this year. He’ll add to that total next week against the Niners.
Tue, Dec 22, 2015 12:10:00 AM

Theo Riddick rushed three times for 18 yards and caught seven of 11 targets for 44 yards in the Lions' Week 14 loss to the Rams.

He led the Lions in targets. Most of his rushing yards came on a 16-yard run in the second quarter. Riddick did a nice job of changing fields on the play, starting right before putting his foot in the ground and switching to the left side behind a wall of blockers. Riddick leads all NFL running backs with 67 catches. He’ll be a PPR consideration next time out against New Orleans.
Sun, Dec 13, 2015 05:00:00 PM

Theo Riddick caught 5-of-6 targets for 27 yards in the Lions' Week 13 loss to the Packers, adding a four-yard rush.

Riddick was inches away from a bigger night, but kept getting tripped up by solid Packers tackling. Riddick is on pace for 80 catches with 75 percent of the season in the books, but just 117 rushing yards. It's getting hard to even call him a running back at this point. Riddick will remain a PPR asset down the stretch.
Fri, Dec 4, 2015 12:51:00 AM

Theo Riddick caught 5-of-5 targets for 62 yards and a touchdown in Detroit's Week 12 win over the Eagles, adding two rushes for six yards.

Riddick helped set the tone for the Lions' 45-14 blowout victory early, softening up the middle of the field. The score was his third of the season. Riddick has only 84 yards rushing on the year, but has caught at least five passes in 7-of-11 games. He's a PPR asset, but RB4 for standard league purposes.
Thu, Nov 26, 2015 04:07:00 PM

Theo Riddick caught 5-of-6 targets for 72 yards in Detroit's Week 11 win over the Raiders, adding six rushes for 14 yards.

Riddick was absolutely money on Detroit's final possession, soaking up targets as the Lions ran out the clock. Riddick actually got the "start," but remained in a three-way rotation with Ameer Abdullah and Joique Bell. One of the league's most reliable pass-catching backs, Riddick will be an RB3 for Detroit's Thanksgiving showdown with the Eagles' collapsing run defense.
Sun, Nov 22, 2015 05:05:00 PM

Theo Riddick rushed three times for one yard and caught all three of his targets for 25 yards Week 10 against the Packers.

Riddick did not get his usual complement of garbage time work in a game the Lions were winning throughout the second half, and his statline suffered for it. The good news is the Lions are still a bad team who should be losing most weeks, and Riddick is good for targets and yards in those situations. He will be worth a FLEX look in PPR formats against the Raiders.
Sun, Nov 15, 2015 06:20:00 PM

Theo Riddick rushed five times for 17 yards and caught 6-of-7 targets for 30 yards Week 8 against the Chiefs.

Riddick rotated into the game before Ameer Abdullah, but he still played well behind Joique Bell when the game was in doubt. As has become the norm, he racked up all his catches with the Lions down big in the second half. Riddick is on pace for 84 catches after eight games, a mark he could reach with Detroit seemingly living in garbage time every week. He will be a PPR option Week 10 against the Packers.
Sun, Nov 1, 2015 12:54:00 PM

Theo Riddick rushed three times for eight yards and caught 3-of-4 targets for 40 yards in the Lions' Week 7 loss to the Vikings.

Riddick's passing-game effectiveness has locked him in as an every-week staple in Detroit's offense. Unfortunately, Riddick lacks the between-the-tackles running chops to be more than a lightly-used scatback. He'll be a weak flex option in PPR leagues when the Lions take on Kansas City in Week 8.
Sun, Oct 25, 2015 05:20:00 PM

Theo Riddick (groin) is probable for Week 7.

Riddick was limited in practice, but there was never any concern over his status after he played through his injury last week. Riddick is a gameflow-dependent RB3 against the Vikings.
Fri, Oct 23, 2015 04:47:00 PM

Theo Riddick (groin) remained limited at Thursday's practice.

Riddick has become a fixture in PPR leagues on the strength of his 33 catches this year, which leads all NFL running backs. He'll play his usual passing-down role against the Vikings in Week 7.
Thu, Oct 22, 2015 04:27:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Matthew Stafford
2Dan Orlovsky
3Jake Rudock
RB1Ameer Abdullah
2Theo Riddick
3Zach Zenner
4Stevan Ridley
5Dwayne Washington
GLB1Zach Zenner
2Ameer Abdullah
3RB1Theo Riddick
2Ameer Abdullah
FB1Mike Burton
WR11Golden Tate
2Anquan Boldin
3Corey Fuller
4Andre Caldwell
5Jace Billingsley
WR21Marvin Jones
2T.J. Jones
3Jeremy Kerley
4Andre Roberts
5Ryan Spadola
WR31Anquan Boldin
TE1Eric Ebron
2Brandon Pettigrew
3Matthew Mulligan
4Cole Wick
5Adam Fuehne
LT1Taylor Decker
2Cornelius Lucas
3Luke Marquardt
LG1Laken Tomlinson
2Joe Dahl
C1Travis Swanson
2Graham Glasgow
3Gabe Ikard
RG1Larry Warford
2Geoff Schwartz
3Chase Farris
RT1Riley Reiff
2Michael Ola
K1Matt Prater
2Devon Bell