Theo Riddick
Theo Riddick
28-Year-Old Running BackRB
Detroit Lions
2019 Fantasy Outlook
While there were flickers of encouragement, for the most part Riddick's 2018 was highly disappointing. The 28-year-old saw over 70 targets for the second straight season and the third time in his career, but his 5.2 yards per target was his lowest figure since he barely saw the field as a rookie. He also failed to score a touchdown for the first time ever, as Matthew Stafford stopped looking his way down near the goal line. On the bright side, Riddick did have a career-high 4.3 YPC, but given that it was only on 40 attempts, it's hard to put much stock in the improvement. The Lions figure to lean heavily on second-year RB Kerryon Johnson and free-agent signee C.J. Anderson, leaving few touches left over for Riddick. New offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell - who made his name in charge of the Adrian Peterson Vikings and the Marshawn Lynch Seahawks - doesn't have a track record of favoring scatbacks. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $11.55 million contract with the Lions in September of 2016.
May not be cap casualty
RBDetroit Lions
April 17, 2019
Riddick is a candidate to open the 2019 season as the No. 2 running back despite the Lions' recent addition of C.J. Anderson along with the re-signing of Zach Zenner, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
The report focuses on the fact that Riddick is making nearly double that of Anderson's and Zenner's combined contracts while suggesting the scatback may not be the cap casualty some have speculated, given that Detroit currently has the eighth-most cap space in the league, according to the NFLPA's most recent report. However, Birkett also notes that the Lions can move on from any of these three players with a minimal cap hit, so it appears the backup situation behind Kerryon Johnson could be a fluid situation as the offseason unfolds. Riddick was seen working out in a recent video posted on the team's Instagram account and appears to have recovered from the groin injury that prevented him from finishing last season's Week 17 game against Green Bay.
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How do Theo Riddick's 2018 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by the number of times he touched the ball.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
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Positive Run %
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Avg Yds After Contact
Rushing TD %
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Air Yards Per Snap
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% Team Targets
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Drop Rate
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Theo Riddick's measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
5' 9"
201 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.68 sec
Vertical Jump
32.0 in
Broad Jump
118 in
Hand Length
8.75 in
Arm Length
30.00 in
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Riddick once again handled more work on the ground than the Lions would have liked in 2017, parlaying the role into a career-high three rushing touchdowns while playing 16 games for the second time. While never much of a rushing threat, the 27-year-old caught 186 balls the last three seasons, displaying impressive elusiveness and quickness in space. His chemistry with Matthew Stafford is undeniable, and offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter's quick-strike offense is a clear fit for Riddick's skill set. The front office nonetheless brought in competition, signing bruiser LeGarrette Blount and trading up in the second round to select Kerryon Johnson. Riddick may be able to increase his per-touch productivity as he focuses on what he does best, but the competition for snaps puts his volume in further question, coming off a three-year low of 4.4 targets per game in 2017.
Used almost purely as a receiving option the year before, Riddick was forced into a larger role in 2016, with mixed results, after Ameer Abdullah was injured. Riddick did have a couple of big performances, notably piling up 133 combined yards against the Texans in Week 8, but the increased workload took its toll as ankle and wrist issues limited Riddick to just 10 games. Heading into his fifth NFL season, the 5-9, 201-pound scatback has proven he can pick up real estate when he gets the ball in the open field, and despite missing nearly half the year he still finished in the top 10 among RBs in catches and targets thanks to Jim Bob Cooter's uptempo West Coast-flavored offense. Riddick underwent surgery on both wrists late last season in an effort to prevent a repeat of those issues, and while he sat out most of OTAs, the Lions expect him to be ready for training camp. Don't expect a repeat of his numbers on the ground, but if he can stay healthy he has the skills to match or even exceed his 2015 production (80 catches for 697 yards) through the air.
He's a one-trick pony, but it's a pretty good trick. Riddick became the seventh running back since the merger to go over 600 yards receiving without making it to 150 yards rushing. He led all running backs in receptions, and most of them came late — 36 grabs in the fourth period. If you're in a standard league, you have permission to drop Riddick in the ranks. The Lions are overflowing with running backs, and Riddick doesn't have the size to play in all packages. But after unleashing Riddick's dynamic pass-catching ability, Detroit would be foolish to turn away from a talented player. Riddick can probably keep 80-90 percent of last year's receiving haul, and that makes him a handy player in PPR formats.
Although he's rarely involved in the running game, Riddick proved his value as a receiver last year, splitting targets almost equally with Joique Bell and Reggie Bush. He was a weapon out of the slot, leading all running backs with 2.45 receiving yards per route. Riddick's smaller size and lack of elite speed may typecast him as a change-of-pace back, but he does run with surprising power and burst, and has enough elusiveness to make tacklers miss in the open field. Bush's departure seemed like a boon for Riddick's 2015 prospects, but the Lions perhaps slammed that door closed when they drafted Ameer Abdullah, a back with better running ability and pass-catching skills than Riddick, to take Bush's place. Riddick should still see plenty of targets in Detroit's pass-happy offense, but he might need an injury ahead of him on the depth chart to get increased work.
Riddick saw nine carries in his rookie year and scored his first career touchdown in Week 16 versus the New York Giants. This season will be much of the same for Riddick who will see minimal carries behind Reggie Bush and Joique Bell in the Lions' dynamic offensive attack.
Riddick will be a reserve running back for the Lions in 2013.
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Future uncertain
RBDetroit Lions
January 23, 2019
Riddick (groin) isn't guaranteed to remain with the Lions in 2019, Nate Atkins of reports.
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Injures groin Sunday
RBDetroit Lions
December 30, 2018
Riddick suffered a groin injury during Sunday's game at Green Bay, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
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Silenced by Vikings
RBDetroit Lions
December 23, 2018
Riddick rushed three times for minus-2 yards and caught four of five targets for seven yards during Sunday's 27-9 loss to Minnesota.
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Effective on ground in loss
RBDetroit Lions
December 16, 2018
Riddick rushed eight times for 47 yards and caught two of three targets for nine yards in Sunday's 14-13 loss to Buffalo.
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Leading receiver against Arizona
RBDetroit Lions
December 9, 2018
Riddick rushed six times for 28 yards and caught all four of his targets for 30 yards during Sunday's 17-3 victory over Arizona.
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