2015 Detroit Lions Roster Analysis: Running Backs

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Nov 9, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions running back Theo Riddick (25) celebrates after catching a pass in the end zone for a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Ford Field. Mandatory


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No. 25 Theo Riddick

Age: 24

Weight: 215

College Notre Dame

Looking back to 2014-Riddick’s 51 rushing yards may seem pedestrian, but his 316 receiving yards are impressive, especially when considering his lack of overall touches. Not only was Riddick productive in a limited role, but he also had a knack for making clutch plays.

Two plays in particular stand stand out most for Lions fans: 1)His highlight reel one-handed grab against the Falcons in London on the game-winning possession to keep the drive alive 2)The ridiculous game-winning touchdown catch against the Dolphins.

Among those two sensational plays, Riddick also had a fine game in week six against Minnesota where he practically rushed or received every yard on the opening drive of the game which he finished with a score.

Riddick may already be considered the odd man out in 2015, but one thing is evident: When the ball is in his hands good things happen, which is why I suspect he will have an increase in snaps in 2015, despite the addition of Abdullah.

Looking ahead to 2015– As stated earlier, Riddick is often regarded as the odd man out at running back, but he’s just too good not to get on the field.

Given his ability to get open and his sure hands, it wouldn’t surprise me if the Lions used Riddick as a slot receiver or in a two-back split backfield to get him more opportunities to make plays.

I doubt his production on the ground sees much of an increase, but Riddick should be able to replicate his receiving yards a season ago. He may even be able to squeeze out 400 receiving yards even if all the running backs are healthy, depending on how fluid the offense moves in year two under Joe Lombardi.

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