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RB Theo Riddick - Detroit Lions

5-10, 201Born: 5-4-1991College: Notre DameDrafted: Round 6

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Week 3: vs Atlanta Falcons

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. Ameer Abdullah led the Lions backfield last week with 17 carries for a career-high 86 yards--fueled by a big 34-yard run during garbage time in the fourth quarter last week. Abdullah out-snapped the rest of this backfield again this week, as Dwayne Washington was only in on seven plays while Theo Riddick came in as a close second with 27 snaps to Abdullah's 28. The snap count is encouraging for Abdullah, but it is worth noting that he lost both possible red zone looks to Dwayne Washington--causing concern for Abdullah's touchdown upside. The Falcons defensive interior bounced back after a tough outing in Week 1, holding Ty Montgomery to only 3.5 yards per carry with no runs longer than seven yards. The loss of Vic Beasley for a few weeks to a hamstring tear is a big blow for this rushing defense, as he provided solid support for this defensive line. Beasley will be replaced by rookie Takkarist McKinley, who did not look good in his limited run defense snaps last week. The Falcons secondary is much better in pass defense than they are against the run, so they will not be a ton of help here in what should be a good matchup for the Lions.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 vs ARI 21 1 -1 0 7 6 27 1 0 8.6
2 at NYG 27 9 20 0 3 3 17 0 0 3.7
3 vs ATL 0 0 0 0 9 4 38 0 0 3.8
3 vs ATL PROJ-Dodds * 3 * * 5 * * * *
3 vs ATL PROJ-Tremblay * 4 * * 4 * * * *
3 vs ATL PROJ-Bloom * 4 * * 5 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 2 vs NYG (9 / 20 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 17 / 0 rec)

Theo Riddick handled the passing game duties out of the backfield for three catches and 17 yards, and added nine carries for 20 yards. Riddick showed good quickness, and made the first defender miss on multiple occasions. Six of Riddick's carries came on Detroit's final drive when they were trying to run out the clock. He made defenders miss and powered through a tackle attempt to convert a third and 11 with under three minutes to go in the game. Riddick is Stafford's second favorite target on third down plays behind Golden Tate.

2017 Week 1 vs ARI (1 / -1 / 0 rush, 7 / 6 / 27 / 1 rec)

Theo Riddick was the clear passing preference out of the Detroit backfield throughout the game. Riddick scored a touchdown on a option route, where he ran to the middle of the field to catch the ball in the soft spot of a zone. After the catch, Riddick spun toward the right boundary to avoid two Arizona linebackers before diving into the end zone. Riddick was a reliable option for Stafford in the short passing game, which functioned as a replacement for the limited running game. On one third down and two, Riddick ran a check down route right to the line to gain and secured a catch while being immediately hit by an Arizona defender. He also had a 13-yard gain to start the two minute drill at the end of the second quarter to set up a Detroit field goal. While Riddick was locked in as the lead passing option out of the backfield, he was limited to one carry in the game.


Latest News

Lions | Theo Riddick totals 12 touches (Mon Sep 18, 11:51 PM) - Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick rushed nine times for 20 yards while added three receptions for 17 yards in Week 2 against the New York Giants on Monday, Sept. 18.

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