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RB Theo Riddick - Detroit Lions

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

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2017 Week 17 vs GB (4 / 10 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)

Theo Riddick started again at running back over Ameer Abdullah, but managed to finish behind both Tion Green and Abdullah in touches. Riddick suffered from a continuation of a season long trend of offensive line play that is unable to create running room. Riddick was likewise held in check in the pass game to only two short catches.

2017 Week 16 vs CIN (8 / 16 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 23 / 0 rec)

Theo Riddick started the game against the Cincinnati Bengals but was hurt by the offensive line which created little room for Riddick to run. Riddick lost work to Tion Green in the red zone, and Ameer Abdullah in the second half, but neither had more success outside of Green's touchdown. Riddick was held in check in the passing game outside of a garbage time catch and run where he broke a tackle for 14 yards.

2017 Week 15 vs CHI (8 / 49 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 12 / 0 rec)

Theo Riddick started the game at running back despite Ameer Abdullah being active. Riddick did not have much room to run and was not able to create yards after contact. His usage in the passing game out of the backfield likewise found little success. His long reception was an eight yard catch on an angle route, but he was otherwise tackled upon the catch. Riddick fumbled at the end of the first half on a carry designed to run the clock down before the half. The fumble set up Chicago for a field goal. Riddick was not used in the second half after suffering an injury, and Tion Green handled his workload.

2017 Week 14 vs TB (10 / 29 / 2 rush, 10 / 6 / 64 / 0 rec)

Theo Riddick started in the absence of Ameer Abdullah. The offense started early with up tempo, which is a positive fit for Riddick. Riddick was used as the primary runner early in the game, and had one of his better performances in the passing game of the season. Riddick can make yards after the catch in the short passing game, and provides Detroit a safe but explosive threat. Riddick's rushing numbers were muted by a lack of running room but he was able to find the end zone twice. His first was a goal line carry, and his second was a red zone carry where he broke multiple arm tackles.

2017 Week 13 vs BAL (9 / 21 / 1 rush, 5 / 5 / 41 / 0 rec)

Theo Riddick started in the absence of Ameer Abdullah. Riddick found little room to run in the game, as the Baltimore defense overwhelmed Detroit's run blocking. Riddick saw a red zone carry, which he bounced outside for a four-yard touchdown. Riddick can make men miss, and runs shiftier than Ameer Abdullah, but is a better runner after the catch than he is a ball carrier. He is a better perimeter player, and too frequently kicks runs to the outside instead of planting and getting north and south. Riddick was used in the passing game where he caught all five of his targets, including a 27-yard catch where he made multiple people miss on the run.

2017 Week 12 vs MIN (5 / 20 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)

Theo Riddick saw primary work as a runner during the third quarter, and produced a solid run on a stretch play where he hit the hole hard and with commitment for a game high run of 8 yards. Riddick only had one catch which was on an angle route where he had a solid run after catch. Riddick looks like the more explosive back between Abdullah, particularly when Riddick is asked to execute specific tasks and is not trying to create big cutback plays outside of the context of the offense.

2017 Week 11 vs CHI (9 / 35 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

Of the two Lions backs that carried the load, Riddick looked the more explosive and decisive. He wasted little motion when the yards were there to be gained, and shows excellent patience, footwork and guile on the Lions' staple inside and outside zone runs. Riddick made Bears defenders tackle air on occasion with his spin moves. On one in particular (in the red zone), Riddick was unlucky not to pull away from a tackler and score. He almost busted off a huge run in the latter stages of the game, but was tripped up just as he broke through the line.

2017 Week 10 vs CLE (4 / 35 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 12 / 1 rec)

Theo Riddick was involved early in both the run and the pass game. Riddick had two carries over ten yards, and showed ability to salvage a gain when there is no room to run by cutting back across the formation. Riddick continued to be the secondary back despite Ameer Abdullah's two fumbles last week, but saw a season high 35-yards rushing. Riddick continued as the lead receiving option out of the backfield, catching all three of his targets for 12 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown pass was an angle route out of the backfield, where Riddick broke open to the middle of the field, for the catch. Detroit's goal line offense has been stagnant in recent weeks, and the use of Riddick is an expansion of his offensive role.

2017 Week 9 vs GB (5 / 11 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 62 / 0 rec)

Theo Riddick saw expanded usage after Ameer Abdullah's second fumble. He had one goal line carry that was stopped for no gain, but led the next series, with a 63-yard screen play. Riddick was the beneficiary of the right play at the right time, as Green Bay came with a blitz with the screen play called and the play was executed to perfection. Riddick had a 14-yard carry but was held to -3 yards on his other four carries. When Riddick gets the ball in his hands, he is more of a threat to create than Ameer Abdullah has been, but he continues to be the secondary back in the offense. If Abdullah is punished for his fumbles, Riddick could capitalize on a more spread approach than the Lions have been trying to force through with Abdullah.

2017 Week 8 vs PIT (4 / 21 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)

Theo Riddick was the primary back on a third quarter drive, where the Lions went up-tempo. Riddick totaled 46 yards on four touches during the drive, which was more yardage than Ameer Abdullah accumulated during the game on a third of the touches. Riddick was limited to two other touches on the game. Riddick remains the superior passing game option in the backfield, and is capable of producing after the catch in the passing game, but has recently seen reduced workload in the passing game.

2017 Week 6 vs NO (2 / 8 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 45 / 0 rec)

Theo Riddick was the clear lead passing option in Detroit's backfield. He was inconsistent on the day, bobbling multiple balls, including one which turned into an interception. He showed ability to create and make defenders miss after the catch. Riddick was split into slot on multiple occasions, including a goal line pass play where he was wide open in the middle of the field. Stafford never saw Riddick and instead threw an incompletion to the other side of the field. Riddick did give some passing down work away to Zach Zenner who was used primarily as a pass blocker on third downs early in the game.

2017 Week 5 vs CAR (2 / 8 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 45 / 0 rec)

Theo Riddick finished third on the team with five targets while finishing with four catches and 45 yards. Riddick is trusted by Matthew Stafford in important areas, and Riddick frequently rewards Stafford by making defenders miss and getting yards after the catch. Riddick contributed two carries for eight yards, but was a clear ancillary plan in the running game.

2017 Week 4 vs MIN (4 / 4 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Theo Riddick was only targeted twice with one reception for eight yards. Riddick also saw four carries for four yards, including one red zone carry. Zach Zenner cut into some of Riddick's passing game work when Zenner was used in pass protection.

2017 Week 3 vs ATL (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 9 / 4 / 38 / 0 rec)

Theo Riddick was held without a carry on the day. He contributed four catches on 9 targets for 38 yards. Riddick was targeted at the goal line during Detroit's final drive, on a slant route, but fell to the ground on his break. He had inside position on the defender, and appeared to be interfered with, but there was no flag. Riddick continued to be the lead receiving back in Detroit.

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.


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