RB Theo Riddick - Detroit Lions
|5-10, 201||Born: 5-4-1991||College: Notre Dame||Drafted: Round 6, pick 2013|
2018 Week 1 vs NYJ (4 / 20 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 15 / 0 rec)
Theo Riddick saw extended time with the Lions playing in garbage time but was largely ineffective. He averaged just over two yards per target and three yards per catch on check down type passes. Riddick was the clear passing game player with Abdullah inactive.
2018 Week 2 vs SF (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 12 / 9 / 47 / 0 rec)
Theo Riddick saw the second most targets on the team with 12 against the 49ers. Riddick was used extensively in the passing game during the hurry up offense at the end of the first half and late in the fourth quarter. Riddick could have had a better game, but Stafford was errant on multiple targets to Riddick. Riddick's could have added another big reception but dropped a pass on third down on the final drive of the game. The throw was low, but Riddick had his hands on it. An on target throw and catch could have set up a large gain and potentially put Detroit in field goal range.
2018 Week 3 vs NE (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 36 / 0 rec)
Theo Riddick had a quiet night, with Detroit leading throughout the game and using Kerryon Johnson and LeGarrette Blount heavily. Riddick did convert a third down late in the game, with a good option route out of the backfield.
2018 Week 4 vs DAL (1 / 7 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 20 / 0 rec)
Theo Riddick got the opportunity for passing game work against Dallas and was involved in a two-minute drill at the end of the second half. Riddick is a reliable receiving option, but is not frequently used in the running game, and has fantasy appeal only in negative game script.
2018 Week 5 vs GB (3 / 3 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)
Theo Riddick had a quiet game on a day where Detroit got up early and had clear advantages on the outside. Riddick's catches were check downs, including attempts short of the chains on long third downs. Riddick continues to be the pure passing game option in the backfield and largely dependent on negative game script and two-minute drills for fantasy opportunity.
2018 Week 9 vs MIN (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 8 / 7 / 36 / 0 rec)
Theo Riddick returned after missing the last two games with an injury. Riddick was used in the slot frequently throughout the game as an attempt to replace the recently traded Golden Tate. Riddick tied Marvin Jones with a team leading 8 targets and was able to catch 7 of them. However, he was unable to spring any big gains. When Detroit got behind, Riddick operated as the passing game back, a role that was filled by Kerryon Johnson in Riddick's absence. The Detroit offense is evolving its identity without Tate, and Riddick could see an expanded role in more split out alignments like he did on Sunday. He faces Chicago next week.
2018 Week 10 vs CHI (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 7 / 6 / 60 / 0 rec)
For the second consecutive week, Theo Riddick has seen slot usage in an attempt to replace Golden Tate. Riddick is a lesser version of Tate but did manage to create after the catch on multiple short throws in the slot, including multiple third down conversions. While Riddick has maintained a role in the slot, Kerryon Johnson has continued to see a passing game role of his own out of the backfield. With the loss of Tate, the Riddick will be able to maintain a role in the passing game despite Johnson's continued emergence as a three down back. Riddick will face Carolina next week.
2018 Week 11 vs CAR (1 / 0 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 30 / 0 rec)
After two weeks of extensive slot usage, Riddick had a more limited role in the Detroit offense against Carolina. Recently signed Bruce Ellington was used in the role Riddick played the past two weeks, which tempered Riddick's slot usage. He caught a swing pass and angle route out of the backfield in the first half and later caught a shovel pass for a 17-yard gain on the critical scoring drive late in the game. Riddick will face Chicago on Thanksgiving.
2018 Week 12 vs CHI (2 / 12 / 0 rush, 7 / 7 / 48 / 0 rec)
Theo Riddick tied with Bruce Ellington for the second most targets behind Kenny Golladay. Riddick has benefitted from the absence of both Kerry Johnson and Marvin Jones with heavy use in the short passing game. Riddick was targeted on multiple screens and angle routes but had the opportunity for a long touchdown on a wheel route. Riddick caught the ball on the play, but the throw was behind him and forced him to break stride. Riddick was forced out of bounds in the red zone and it set up a LeGarrette Blount touchdown. Riddick should benefit from negative game script against the Rams next weekend, but Johnson's injury status is important to monitor.
2018 Week 13 vs LAR (8 / 32 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)
Theo Riddick saw limited usage against the Rams on Sunday. Riddick was used to spell LeGarrette Blount in the backfield briefly and saw 8 carries on the game, but his passing game usage was limited to 4 targets, largely a result of the emergence of Bruce Ellington in the slot. Riddick had an opportunity for a touchdown on an angle route where he was open, but Matthew Stafford's arm was hit as he threw, and the ball was too low for Riddick to catch. Riddick faces Arizona in week 14.
2018 Week 14 vs ARI (6 / 28 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 30 / 0 rec)
Theo Riddick had a good game against Arizona. The good news was Riddick led the team in receiving. The bad news was he only had 4 catches for 30 yards. Riddick's passing game work came out of the backfield more this week than in prior weeks when he lined up in the slot. He was also effective in the running game out of the shotgun where he had good runways on his 6 carries. Riddick will face Buffalo next week.
2018 Week 15 vs BUF (8 / 47 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)
Theo Riddick saw expanded use in the running game against Buffalo and had several successful interior runs. Riddick nearly scored a touchdown on an interior run where he broke into the second level of the defense and was barely tripped up inside the 5-yard line. While Riddick was used more in the running game, his passing game usage dropped with only two short catches on three targets, despite slot target Bruce Ellington missing the game. Riddick will face Minnesota next week.
2018 Week 16 vs MIN (3 / -2 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 7 / 0 rec)
Theo Riddick had a forgettable day in a loss to Minnesota. Riddick was used repeatedly on low probably third and long plays including screens and interior runs that were unsuccessful. Riddick can create mismatches against linebackers, but Detroit simply refuses to use him creatively, while throwing four targets to LeGarrette Blount. Riddick is a talented pass catcher who can make defenders miss, but rarely gets the opportunity to do so on screens that target him at the line of scrimmage. Riddick would benefit from a change in scheme in the offseason.
2018 Week 17 vs GB (4 / 24 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Theo Riddick had a quiet game against Green Bay. He was held without a catch but contributed four carries on primarily interior running plays. Riddick is effective on interior runs but is viewed in a primarily receiving role.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 ñ 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
2016 Week 1 vs IND (7 / 45 / 1 rush, 5 / 5 / 63 / 1 rec)
Riddick didn't start the game but saw extended time as a pass catcher primarily, but he ran it effectively too. Riddick had seven carries and carried the ball both between the tackles and outside to the edges of the defense. He ran hard, and his patience is paying off as a runner, but he is most effective running the ball when he is decisive and quick to hit the hole. He did exactly that in the first quarter, taking a handoff and hitting the hole between the tackle and guard on left side of the line at top speed. He ran into space and pounded the defensive backs at the goal line to get into the end zone. The 21-yard run was a wonderfully designed play by the Lions, giving Riddick room to operate and space to make a play. Riddick had another run in the second half that showed how elusive he is as he took the handoff between the tackles and showed excellent vision to jump cut and run into space to gain 12 yards and move the chains. As a receiver, Riddick was his usual self. He caught all five targets and turned them into 63 yards and a score. He made the first defender miss and generated yards after the catch, and that makes him incredibly dangerous. Riddick was at his best in this game coming out of the back field with a linebacker covering him, shaking the defender before the ball was thrown and taking a short throw for good yardage. He is cemented in this offense as a playmaker and should continue in this role. Riddick also went for over 100 total yards in this game.
2016 Week 2 vs TEN (11 / 37 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 28 / 0 rec)
Riddick came in as a receiving option for the Lions on offense but that isn't his only role for this offense. He is getting carries as a traditional runner and his patience and vision allow him to hit holes and cutback lanes to generate positive yardage for the offense. He runs hard but needs a bit of room to make defenders miss, and there were moments that came as a runner where he didn't get that room. Riddick was dangerous as a receiver out of the backfield. He was targeted five times and caught four of them for a total of 28 yards. Riddick runs angle routes as good as anyone in the NFL as he is simply too quick for coverage and he accelerates out of his cuts to leave defenders in the dust. Riddick did drop a pass in the red zone that could have gone for a touchdown as the Lions set up a great play for him. The Lions lined up three receivers on the top of the formation and ran play action away from it to Riddick, but the throw was a touch high and it would have been a very nice catch if he had made it. When Abdullah was injured it was Riddick that got the majority of the work but the running game clearly wasn't the same. Riddick took the majority of his carries out of the shotgun and ran between the tackles but there just wasn't a lot of room for him. He displayed a nasty spin move twice in the game that allowed him to get positive yardage, none more impressive than when he made Titans defensive tackle Jurell Casey miss at the line of scrimmage. He spun out of the tackle and took that carry for 10 yards, and that run showed his balance and elusiveness and just how slippery he can be.
2016 Week 3 vs GB (10 / 9 / 0 rush, 9 / 7 / 39 / 0 rec)
Riddick started the football game for the Lions and struggled to make anything happen early in the game. He worked hard, but there was simply no room for Riddick to operate. In the first half, Riddick had six carries, all of which went for negative yardage or no gain. It was in the passing game that Riddick made his mark. Perhaps Riddick's most effective trait is his ability as a route runner against a linebacker, specifically running an angle/jerk route near the line of scrimmage. Riddick's first catch of the game came on this kind of play and he took it for 11 yards. Packers' cornerback Ladarius Gunter made a great play coming up to blow up a screen pass to Riddick, forcing a three yards loss out in space. Riddick looked a little better in the second half, but the Lions were clearly in passing mode and Riddick made the most of his carries and catches. He ran hard behind the right side of the line to convert a first down in the third quarter, helping to keep the offense on the field. Riddick is amazingly elusive, and he deployed a nasty spin move that made a defender miss three or four yards behind the line of scrimmage, and took the ball off tackle for eight yards. He was targeted five times in the second half as the Lions were down big, the majority coming on screens and short throws out of the backfield. Stafford did target him on a wheel route down the left sideline, but he overthrew Riddick as coverage was tight. The Lions had a first-and-goal from the seven yard line, and they put Washington and Riddick on the field at the same time, and Riddick ran a quick out to the left side of the field, and he was tackled just short of the goal-line. Riddick finished with nine yards on 10 carries and 39 yards on seven catches while being targeted nine times in the passing game.
2016 Week 4 vs CHI (11 / 31 / 0 rush, 7 / 4 / 27 / 0 rec)
Riddick started the football game for the Lions and like last week, he struggled to make anything happen early in the game. Riddick is putting forth great effort and he runs hard between the tackles but is limited as a traditional runner and should be viewed as a pass catching option used out in space. In the first quarter, Riddick dropped a pass on second down as Stafford scrambled away from pressure. Riddick continues to make the first defender miss as a pass catcher and was dangerous in this area of the game Sunday. The Lions ran mainly out of the shotgun, and when Riddick can see a cutback lane he is very effective. Riddick ran behind guard Larry Warford and right tackle Riley Reiff for 11 yards and on another carry he started left, but curt it back quickly to the right side, taking the ball down to the one yard line. After that play, Riddick got a red zone carry but had absolutely nowhere to go and was stuffed for no gain. He was targeted seven times and ended up with four catches, totaling 27 yards. Riddick was dangerous as a receiver and had catches of 10 yards and eight yards. He had a nice reception set up but slipped as he was cutting on the Solder Field turf and fell after gaining five yards. Overall, Riddick is not perfectly set up to be a traditional running back and it showed in this game as he was fairly ineffective generating 31 yards on 11 carries.
2016 Week 5 vs PHI (11 / 49 / 0 rush, 6 / 6 / 33 / 2 rec)
Riddick started the football game for the Lions and did a very good job of getting the Lions offense going out of the gate. The Lions used a heavy set with an extra tackle (Corey Robinson) and did a nice job of being creative in the first half. Riddick had carries of 17 yards and 13 yards in the first half and he did a nice job of setting up the offense by putting them in good down and distance in the first half. He is plenty elusive and does a nice job using sharp cuts and running with decisiveness to make defenders miss. Riddick scored a two yard touchdown when he got isolated on Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks. This is a mismatch for almost any linebacker as Riddick is very difficult to cover out in space. Riddick caught another touchdown on a beautifully designed play when he was lined up with Tate as running back. The Lions released Tate to the left and the defense flowed left, and Riddick leaked out to the right and Stafford hit him with center Travis Swanson leading the way. Riddick waltzed in from 17 yards. As a runner, Riddick wasn't nearly as effective in the second half as he was held in check by the Eagles defensive front, and the script was flipped as Riddick was losing yardage and putting the offense in stressful down and distance. Riddick was active is the passing game, catching all six targets for 33 yards and two scores. The Eagles definitely caught on to what the Lions were doing as Riddick was nowhere near as effective in the second half and while he was targeted in the passing game, the Lions went away from the running game as it simply wasn't working.
2016 Week 8 vs HOU (11 / 56 / 0 rush, 11 / 8 / 77 / 1 rec)
Riddick returned from a two-week absence due to injury and was a big part of the offensive plan against the Texans. He was heavily involved with the passing attack but the Lions limited his opportunity on the ground which is a curious decision considering the Texans have struggled to defend the run. Riddick ran with great effort and tenacity throughout the game and displayed toughness while running the ball between the tackles. Riddick took what the defense gave him and got the ball going north and south instead of dancing around behind the line of scrimmage. When the Lions ran stretch plays for him to get the corner, he was successful and runs to the outside represented his biggest runs of the day as he had one go for 16 yards and another go for 10 yards. This is not Riddick's strength as a player as he's not fast enough to get to consistently threaten the corner, and the Texans defense did stop him before getting the corner twice. For the most part, Riddick had very little room to operate when running between the tackles and got the most out of those runs. Strangely, the Lions really didn't utilize Riddick as a runner in this game even though he did have good production on his 11 carries. As a receiver, Riddick is lethal and perhaps one of the game's best weapons coming out of the backfield. He showcased his elusiveness and ability to make the first defender miss multiple times in the game Sunday. Riddick runs the angle route and the jerk route at a rare level and he burned Texans linebacker Benardrick McKinney on an angle route out of the backfield for a 19-yard catch in the second half. He also had a catch on a screen passes of 10 yards and another on a tunnel screen that went for 23 yards. Riddick caught a one-yard touchdown pass on a wonderfully designed play. He lined up as a running back but motioned out to the slot as Stafford audibled, and the Lions ran a combination route with Lions receiver Anquan Boldin breaking in from the outside. This allowed Riddick to sprint along the goal line to the pylon and catch the ball fairly uncovered. Riddick was targeted 11 times overall and caught eight balls for 77 yards and a score.
2016 Week 9 vs MIN (14 / 70 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Riddick had 15 touches in the Week 9 game on the road versus Minnesota. 14 of them came in the running game, and he was targeted three times in the passing game but only caught one pass that went for six yards. The Lions tried to get Riddick to the corner but the Vikings consistently beat him there, set the edge and pushed him back inside which stunted those plays before they were started. Riddick had 70 total yards on 14 but 42 yards came on one run early in the game. The Vikings flooded the line of scrimmage bringing a mug blitz look where they bring linebackers into the A gaps and the Lions ran into the teeth of the defense. The Lions pulled right guard Larry Warford on a wham block and Riddick broke off of his backside and into the second level. Outside of the 42-yard gain, Riddick was held in check as he averaged just over two yards per carry the rest of the game. Vikings defensive end Everson Griffin played a very good game and was unblockable at times and linebacker Chad Greenway seemed to be everywhere in this game. Riddick hits the hole extremely quick and gets north and south in a hurry but when contact is initiated he isn't going any further as he doesn't run heavy or with a lot of power as he is a smaller runner and not really built for running between the tackles. Riddick was targeted three times but Stafford threw away one and was hit while throwing another, and he caught the other target for a seven yard gain that went for a first down.
2016 Week 11 vs JAX (4 / 13 / 0 rush, 10 / 8 / 70 / 0 rec)
Riddick was not utilized as a runner in this game as he only carries the ball four times while registering 13 total yards. Interestingly, Riddick did not lose yards on any of those four carries and he almost scored on a red zone carry, getting tackled at the one-yard line. Where he was incredibly effective was as a pass catcher out of the backfield. Riddick was targeted 10 times and caught eight passes for a total of 70 yards. Riddick consistently makes the first man miss when he catches the ball and he did this throughout the game on Sunday. Aside from the big plays to Ebron and Roberts, it was passing plays to Riddick out of the backfield that were the most effective in this game. Riddick is virtually unstoppable when he gets singled up against a linebacker and runs jerk routes that leave linebackers in the dust. He caught a 21-yard pass on this kind of play in the game. He also had catches of 14 yards and 11 yards and had multiple red zone looks against the Jaguars. Riddick touched the ball 12 times and totaled 83 yards in the game and quietly was one of the reasons the Lions one the football game.
2016 Week 12 vs MIN (9 / 45 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 13 / 0 rec)
Riddick was reasonably effective as a runner in Thursday's game but only had nine carries but totaled 45 yards on the day. He ran the ball hard and effectively displaying toughness and some wiggle while running against a stout Vikings run defense. Riddick had two solid runs that accounted for almost half of his rushing total, both coming on draw plays into the middle of the line. Riddick can make defenders miss and he did that in the hole on both carries. His other carries went for short yardage as Vikings linebackers Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks and safety Andrew Sendejo all had very solid games shutting the running plays down before they started. Riddick was targeted five times but was smothered by the Vikings speed to the edge. He caught all five targets but only totaled 13 yards in the passing game. The Vikings did a very good job on Riddick throughout the game.
2016 Week 13 vs NO (4 / 2 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 15 / 1 rec)
Riddick was reasonable quiet as a runner on Sunday only carrying the ball four times and registering 2 total yards. He continues to run the ball with good effort but isn't perfectly suited to carry the ball between the tackles. Riddick had two carries that went for negative yardage and his longest run went for six yards. He was effective as a pass catcher out of the backfield and this is the area of the game where Riddick excels. Riddick was excellent out in space and made the first defender miss several times to generate yards after the catch. He scored on a one-yard pass executing a jerk route which left Saints linebacker Stephone Anthony in the dust. The Lions are using Riddick in their screen game and they are trying to get him singled up on a linebacker which gives him a huge advantage. Riddick had five catches and nine total touches that went for 17 yards and a score.
2015 Week 1 vs SD (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 37 / 1 rec)
Used exclusively late in the 4th quarter, Theo Riddick caught two passes for 16 and 21 yards, the last ending in a touchdown.
2015 Week 2 vs MIN (1 / 5 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 41 / 0 rec)
Theo Riddick saw an uptick in his snap count this week when Detroit shifted to utilizing their no-huddle offense more extensively. Riddick was only given one rush attempt, but did see action as a receiver out of the backfield and significant work as a blocking back. Detroit clearly trusts Riddick for protection purposes and likes his receiving upside, as he has a clear role in this offense.
2015 Week 3 vs DEN (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 10 / 8 / 66 / 0 rec)
Theo Riddick saw extensive work on passing downs against Denver. His role as a receiver and pass blocker continues to be relevant to the Detroit Lions. One noticeable change in this week's usage was that he was not the exclusive third down and hurry-up offense back. Ameer Abdullah was utilized on an early third and long, and on Detroit's final drive Abdullah, Riddick, and Bell were rotated evenly.
2015 Week 4 vs SEA (1 / 5 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 31 / 0 rec)
Theo Riddick's role didn't change in the absence of Joique Bell. He continued to see mostly passing down work and his overall production was on par with previous weeks. He did see some passing work go Ameer Abdullah with his growing role in the Detroit offense.
2015 Week 5 vs ARI (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 13 / 10 / 53 / 1 rec)
While Theo Riddick did obtain one of Detroit's two touchdowns in the game, a whopping eight of his touches were in the hurry-up offense at the end of the first and second halves. He excelled at gaining positive yardage on nearly all of his plays, and at least two of his plays for a loss he was unwisely targeted as a check-down option with defenders in reach. Riddick's role increased in this game due to Abdullah's benching, but he continues to display a uniquely unsexy ability that has been a foundation for the Detroit offense.
2015 Week 6 vs CHI (7 / 28 / 0 rush, 6 / 3 / 50 / 0 rec)
Detroit sent a strong message about the running back hierarchy in this game. With Joique Bell out and Zach Zenner exiting early in the second quarter with an injury, Theo Riddick only saw the ball once in the first quarter and didn't again until the third quarter after Abdullah was benched for fumbling the ball. Additionally, while Riddick has traditionally been used as a receiving back, out of the ten times he saw the ball for the remainder of the game (overtime included), he ran it on eight of those plays. Late in the fourth quarter, Riddick dazzled on a catch just past the line of scrimmage that he turned up field for a 34 yard gain. While Riddick doesn't display the raw talent that Abdullah does, there was very little drop-off in production and his ball protection skills have to be figured into the equation.
2015 Week 7 vs MIN (3 / 8 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 40 / 0 rec)
Riddick was on the field during offensive plays more than any other running back, standing in on 30 snaps, or 50 percent of the plays. He was the third most targeted receiver in passing situations, just behind Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate. As Bell was thrown at just twice and Ameer Abdullah not at all, we know who the passing down back is in this backfield. Riddick showed good hands and an ability to gain some yards after the catch, nearly scoring in the first quarter off a short pass from Matt Stafford, but marked down at the one yard line. He also had a very nice catch-and-run late in the fourth quarter as Stafford delivered the ball in space and Riddick turned it upfield. He made one defender completely miss with a nifty juke and was able to gain 31 yards on the play.
2015 Week 8 vs KC (5 / 17 / 0 rush, 7 / 6 / 30 / 0 rec)
Theo Riddick was used throughout the game, but saw the majority of his usage in the fourth quarter with Detroit down significantly. Seeing mostly passes, Riddick was also used on a handful of running plays. His longest progress in the game was on two passes for 10 yards each, and aside from those his success was minimal.
2015 Week 10 vs GB (3 / 1 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 25 / 0 rec)
Used primarily in the hurry-up offense, Theo Riddick didn't get the ball until late in the second quarter. Stafford targeted him on a dump-off pass as the pocket collapsed and Riddick turned it up field for a 6 yard gain. Riddick saw the ball again shortly thereafter on a draw play that was busted from the snap, as he was met in the backfield and lost a yard on the play. A pass to Riddick in the 3rd quarter for 13 and pass to the right for 8 yards in the fourth quarter sandwiched two runs up the middle for 1 yard in the 3rd and 4th quarters. Riddick's role was minimal in this game, as Detroit sought to milk the clock for much of the second half with a lead.
2015 Week 11 vs OAK (6 / 14 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 72 / 0 rec)
Seeing minimal usage during the first and second quarters, Riddick was used on two passing plays and one run. His greatest success early came on a 16 yard catch-and-run out of the backfield. The fourth quarter, however, was the Theo Riddick show, as Detroit went exclusively to Riddick for the majority of the quarter. On five runs Riddick gathered only 9 yards. Through the air, he was much more adequate. On four catches, ranging from circle routes to screen passes, Riddick helped Detroit move the ball consistently for a total of 56 yards. It continues to be clear that Riddick has a secure role with his ball protection, average running ability, and above par receiving out of the backfield. His nearly exclusive usage in the fourth was new however, and it remains to be seen if his usage will continue to trend upward in similar clock management situations and also in the hurry-up offense when Detroit is playing from behind, as that has previously been a big part of his role.
2015 Week 12 vs PHI (2 / 6 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 62 / 1 rec)
Seeing different usage than the previous game, Theo Riddick continues to produce through the air. Getting things started in the first quarter, Riddick helped move the ball on a 23 yard pass to him out of the backfield. Shortly thereafter, Stafford found Riddick near the goal line for an 8 yard touchdown pass. Riddick's carries this week were shifted to Abdullah's role, but Riddick was once again a foundational piece of this offense and did not disappoint as he has a knack as the change-of-pace, receiving back in this offense.
2015 Week 13 vs GB (1 / 4 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 27 / 0 rec)
A big performer throughout the season, Theo Riddick struggled to find room to work against the Packer defense. He was targeted almost exclusively on passing plays and found little room to break open for a big play. Riddick's most productive catch of the day was on a 9 yard screen pass. A late toss in his direction to keep a drive alive was thrown low and uncatchable, capping off the day for the back.
2015 Week 14 vs LA (3 / 18 / 0 rush, 11 / 7 / 44 / 0 rec)
The most targeted receiver for Detroit, Theo Riddick delivered both through the air and on the ground. Riddick saw the ball often on screen passes and check-downs and often gained ample yardage after the catch. On a stunning mislead run, Riddick faked left before turning back to the right to follow his blockers. As the play was quickly broken up, Riddick planted and turned back to the left, heading up field for a 16 yard gain. He continues to play a stable and critical role on the offense, and had what may have been his only gaffe for 2015 when he dropped a pass intended for him on a screen pass.
2015 Week 15 vs NO (2 / 3 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec)
Playing with a lead for all of this game, it appeared as thought the Detroit coaching staff wanted to see what they had in Abdullah more than their security blanket, Theo Riddick. Seeing action on only four plays throughout this game, Riddick was not a primary option. His lone big play was a dump-off pass that he turned up field for 21 yards.
2015 Week 16 vs SF (7 / 20 / 0 rush, 8 / 7 / 63 / 0 rec)
After nearly going missing last week, Theo Riddick returned to a prominent role in the Detroit offense against the 49ers. With a good mix of both runs and passes, Riddick was busy early and throughout the game. His most successful usage of the day was on short passes and screens. In the second quarter, a busted screen play turned into a 16 yard gain as Riddick adjusted his route and came back to Stafford for the ball. His instincts saved the play and helped set up a late field goal. Riddick finished his day with short passes that he churned for 13 and 20 yards respectively. Riddick also set a new NFL record for the most receiving yards in a season by a running back, with 668 yards thus far.
2015 Week 17 vs CHI (2 / 4 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 29 / 0 rec)
Theo Riddick's usage was sporadic throughout the game. He failed to break any big plays early on, but did execute on two plays in the fourth quarter. Working the middle of the field on both passes, Riddick had gains of 10 and 18 yards, the second of which he motioned out of the backfield and had a quick double move to lose the defender as he headed downfield.
2014 Week 1 vs NYG (1 / 4 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The playing time did not materialize for Riddick in the opening game against the Giants. He finally got into the game for a carry in the fourth quarter to spell the two incumbent starters Reggie Bush and Joique Bell. Riddick made a solid jump cut for interior yards, and then was back on the sidelines. Even with a healthy lead for much of the second half, Riddick saw minimal playing time. Without an injury in to Bush or Bell, Riddick does not look to have a significant role in the crowded offense.
2014 Week 3 vs GB (3 / 16 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Riddick saw a very limited number of snaps behind Reggie Bush and Joique Bell this week against the Packers. Early in the fourth quarter Riddick showed off an effective spin move for a chunk of yardage, and then found a cutback lane for five yards later in the quarter. Without an injury to Bush or Bell, Riddick is a situational player on a weekly basis.
2014 Week 6 vs MIN (3 / 6 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 75 / 1 rec)
Riddick was heavily used in the first half instead of Joique Bell against the Vikings. Riddick was not effective between the tackles as a traditional runner, but was a matchup problem as a receiver. On the opening drive, Riddick burst into the open field on an outlet reception, showing punt return-like vision against pursuing defenders. Once in the red zone, Riddick easily beat linebacker coverage on a circle route for the touchdown reception. On another highlight play, Riddick eluded two defenders and maintained his balance for a seven-yard catch-and-run. One reception came on third-and-20 with Minnesota in prevent mode, gaining 15 yards in front of the defense. The offseason reports for Riddick indicated a role like this during the season. With Reggie Bush out of the lineup, Detroit made a conscious effort to get an extended look at Riddick this week.
2014 Week 8 vs ATL (3 / 5 / 0 rush, 12 / 8 / 74 / 1 rec)
Without Reggie Bush in the lineup, Riddick was used as the primary pass-catching running back against Atlanta. It was a tale of two halves for Riddick, who struggled early in the game. Riddick took advantage of well-blocked running lanes, but a huge loss on a carry, a drop, and an eight-yard carry being called back by penalty kept his production at bay. Riddick's final handful of touches were his most impactful. Riddick lined up the slot and consistently found advantageous matchups. Riddick came wide open on a goal line flat route, which brought Detroit to within 21-19 in the closing minutes. Riddick's highlight play came on Detroit's ultimate game-winning drive. Riddick ran a circle route and speared a one-handed catch over the middle for a sizeable gain. Riddick performed well in Bush's absence and showed his PPR upside with an expanded opportunity.
2014 Week 10 vs MIA (3 / 0 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 5 / 1 rec)
Riddick was in the game on the first snap and finished with a splash against Miami. He saw little room to operate on interior carries, but with the game on the line, Riddick was at his best. As Detroit trailed by three points in the closing minute, Riddick gained separation on a red zone sideline route. Matthew Stafford rolled out, made an accurate throw, and Riddick secured the game-winning touchdown reception. The impact plays have been consistent from Riddick for weeks now and with Reggie Bush tweaking an ankle this week, monitor Riddick could be auditioning for a larger role in future weeks and next season in Detroit.
2014 Week 11 vs ARI (2 / 2 / 0 rush, 6 / 3 / 24 / 0 rec)
Without Reggie Bush against Arizona, Riddick had the complementary role in the passing game to himself alongside Joique Bell. Riddick was sparsely used in the first half, prior to an expanded role over the final two quarters of action. Riddick saw a questionable carry on third-and-one between the tackles, only to be stuffed short of the line to gain. He also failed to block a rusher, allowing a crucial sack with four minutes to play in the game. Riddick's recognition and technique were questionable at best on the play. Riddick had middling results as a pure pass-catcher, dropping a catchable target and forcing a missed tackle on a gain of more than 15 yards down the sideline on another.
2014 Week 12 vs NE (2 / 12 / 0 rush, 6 / 3 / 40 / 0 rec)
Riddick was once-again in the Reggie Bush change-of-pace role with Bush out of the lineup. Riddick's burst and open field agility were noteworthy compared to the between-the-tackles bruising of Joique Bell. In the first half, Riddick showed sharp cuts and vision with two chunk gains. He was minimally-used until garbage time in the second half, logging 21 yards on two receptions with the game already decided. Riddick continues to flash in the absence of Reggie Bush if pressed into more consistent action to finish the season.
2014 Week 13 vs CHI (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 7 / 6 / 54 / 0 rec)
With Reggie Bush out this week, Riddick had the pass-catching role in the backfield to himself against Chicago. Riddick did not see a single carry, but was impressive as a receiver. His burst was evident on a screen pass late in the second quarter. Riddick nearly scored on the play as he was brought down at the one-yard-line. During the two-minute drill, Riddick hauled in a one-handed catch, which has become a regular part of his game this season. Late in the game Riddick shook a free defender for a handful of yards. Riddick continues to flash upside in a full-time pass-catching role if Detroit moves on from Reggie Bush in the offseason.
2014 Week 15 vs MIN (1 / 4 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
With a healthy Reggie Bush, Riddick saw a single carry against the Vikings. While unimpressive, Bush will keep Riddick's passing game role tempered for the rest of the season.
2014 Week 16 vs CHI (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)
Riddick's playing time was back into role-player territory with Reggie Bush back to full strength. Riddick saw a majority of his work in the first half as Detroit looked to spread out the Bears defense more than grind out yards between the tackles. Riddick caught two passes in the first second of the first half, one from the slot position, in addition to stoning a rusher in pass protection in first quarter. In the fourth quarter, Riddick had a well-thrown target whiz right through his hands on a slant route. Riddick remains a handcuff to the Reggie Bush role in the Detroit offense when Bush is healthy.
2014 Week 17 vs GB (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 34 / 1 rec)
Riddick saw minimal playing time in the first half as Reggie Bush dominated the change-of-pace role. In the second half, Riddick once-again thoroughly outplayed Bush. As Detroit morphed into catch-up mode, Riddick made a one-handed reception in the flat as well as the Lions' final touchdown of the game, keeping their glimmer of hope for a road win alive.
2014 Week 18 vs DAL (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 7 / 4 / 39 / 0 rec)
Riddick caught back-to-back passes in the final two minutes of the first half against Dallas. On the second, Riddick juked a defender in space for additional yardage. Again on the final potential game-winning drive in the fourth quarter, Riddick logged two receptions, including a 15-yard screen. With Reggie Bush's time in Detroit tenuous considering his age and contract details, Riddick has a good chance to be the pass-catching option for the Lions to open 2015.
2013 Week 3 vs WAS (2 / -2 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
With Joique Bell drawing the start for the injured Reggie Bush, Riddick was the primary backup. Bell rarely left the field except for a handful of snaps. Riddick found no daylight on the ground as he ran into the muddied line of scrimmage on both of his carries in relief. In the passing game, Riddick caught a quick slant route and failed to haul in a tightly-covered wheel route against man coverage.
2013 Week 8 vs DAL (1 / 7 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
As the third running back against Dallas, Riddick saw a few situational snaps resulting in two touches. Riddick showed good effort at the end of a successful screen play from the slot receiver position, nearly converting third-and-long. On the ground, Riddick received a carry on a long-yardage situation to improve field position.