Theo Riddick

Theo Riddick

Running Back #25
Team: Denver Broncos
Ht / Wt:5'10" / 201 lb.
College:Notre Dame
Age:29
Born:May 4, 1991
Drafted:2013 / Rd. 6 (199)
Draft Team:DET

Theo Riddick: Ready for free agency

Riddick (shoulder) has been medically cleared and is set to become an unrestricted free agent, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: Riddick signed with the Broncos in early August and suffered a shoulder fracture shortly thereafter. He may have been healthy enough to return from injured reserve in the second half of the season, but the Broncos used their two IR activations on Drew Lock and Tim Patrick. The 28-year-old running back now hopes to drum up interest on the open market as a passing-down specialist, a role in which he averaged 4.4 catches per game from 2015 to 2018 with the Lions.

March 6, 2020 9:30 AM EST

Theo Riddick: Not activated from IR in 2019

Riddick (shoulder) spent the 2019 season on injured reserve and will be an unrestricted free agent in March, The Denver Post reports.

Analysis: Riddick was ready to return around Week 8, but the Broncos elected to use their two IR activations on Drew Lock (thumb) and Tim Patrick (hand). The 28-year-old Riddick will seek a pass-catching role in free agency. During his final season with Detroit in 2018, Riddick rushed 40 times for 171 yards and caught 61 of 74 targets for 384 scoreless yards.

February 3, 2020 1:30 PM EST

Theo Riddick: Nearing return to practice

Riddick (shoulder) is expected to begin practicing Week 8, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.

Analysis: Riddick has spent the entire regular season on IR due to a shoulder injury suffered during the preseason. The veteran pass-catching back will be eligible to be activated as early as Week 9, but it's worth mentioning that the Broncos will only be able to bring back two players from IR this season. Rookie quarterback Drew Lock (thumb) is a favorite candidate to return, which would leave Riddick competing with Jake Butt (knee) and Tim Patrick (hand) for the final spot.

October 18, 2019 1:08 PM EST

Theo Riddick: Headed for IR

General manager John Elway told reporters that Riddick (shoulder) will be placed on injured reserve, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Riddick suffered a fractured shoulder when going out for a pass in Denver's second preseason contest. There was some question as to whether Denver would float the veteran back on the 53-man roster until he healed, but Elway indicated that down-roster spots are too precious for injuries that might take more than a few weeks to heal. When healthy, Riddick is a better, more established version of Devontae Booker -- a pass-catching back who Denver will keep for the time being. He figures to slide into the third-down role once available, but -- with other players like Jake Butt and Drew Lock also heading to injured reserve -- his reactivation is far from certain.

August 31, 2019 1:29 PM EST

Theo Riddick: Out 6-to-8 weeks

Riddick sustained a slight fracture in his shoulder during Thursday's preseason game against Seattle and will miss six-to-eight weeks, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: Klis also reports that the injury will not require surgery. Riddick reportedly didn't feel any discomfort until Friday morning, at which point he notified the team's medical staff and received tests that revealed the slight fracture. Riddick had been working with the first team in camp and is expected to play an important pass-catching/third-down role when healthy.

August 11, 2019 8:00 AM EST

Theo Riddick: Minimal opportunity in debut

Riddick netted minus-2 yards on his only rush and failed to bring in either of his two targets in the Broncos' 22-14 preseason loss to the Seahawks on Thursday.

Analysis: The veteran suited up in something other than a Lions uniform for the first time Thursday, but the results weren't exactly memorable. Riddick had worked with the first team in camp earlier in the week, and he's expected to play an important pass-catching/third-down role in the coming season. While his performance versus the Seahawks doesn't exactly serve as a ringing endorsement of what he might be able to offer in Denver, his long track record of dependability over six seasons in Motown certainly lend credence to the notion he'll be a key complementary contributor.

August 9, 2019 12:28 AM EST

Theo Riddick: Garners first-team reps

Riddick worked with the first-team offense during Monday's practice, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Jhabvala added that Riddick's time with the starters included a 30-yard catch-and-run from Joe Flacco. Much like he was utilized in Detroit, Riddick's potential role in Denver figures to be almost exclusively in the passing game, with sophomores Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman earning most of the carries. It's probably too early to mark Riddick down as the No. 3 back with ink, but running-backs coach Curtis Modkins worked with Riddick in Detroit and head coach Vic Fangio has tried defending him in the NFC North for the past four seasons. In other words, they brought him in knowing what they were getting. If Riddick is able to contribute as a returner, where he has just one career return, his place on the roster could solidify quickly.

August 5, 2019 4:13 PM EST

Theo Riddick: Signing with Denver

Riddick will sign with the Broncos on Thursday, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Riddick remained unemployed for less than a week, as he wasted no time finding a new home in Denver. He should add value to the Broncos' backfield as a change-of-pace back and strong pass-catcher, but Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman are still both expected to operate as the team's top two options when it comes to usage. Riddick is coming off a season in Detroit where he caught 61 passes for 384 yards but not a single score.

August 1, 2019 11:12 AM EST

Theo Riddick: Nears deal with Denver

Riddick appears poised to sign with the Broncos, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: The Lions freed up some cap space by parting ways with Riddick, but the 28-year-old can still be a nice complementary piece in the Denver backfield thanks to his utility as a pass-catcher. From a fantasy perspective though, Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman will remain the Bronco backs to target.

August 1, 2019 10:50 AM EST

Theo Riddick: Likely bound for Broncos or Saints

Riddick is likely to sign with the New Orleans or Denver, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: Since being released by the Lions on Sunday, Riddick has visited with both the Saints and Broncos. Both meetings concluded without a contract agreement. The 28-year-old receiving specialist would project to serve a depth role in either location, behind either Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray in New Orleans or Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman in Denver.

July 29, 2019 6:14 PM EST

Theo Riddick: Visiting Denver

Riddick will visit the Broncos on Monday, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: Released by Detroit on Saturday, the 28-year-old running back left his Sunday visit to New Orleans without a contract. Riddick could provide a slight passing-down upgrade on Devontae Booker, who had 34 carries and 38 receptions last season. The Broncos might also ask Phillip Lindsay to take over Booker's snaps from 2018.

July 29, 2019 6:48 AM EST

Theo Riddick: Checking out Saints

Riddick is scheduled to visit the Saints, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Riddick didn't take long to line up a visit after the Lions cut him Saturday. His experience on passing downs could be useful for depth behind Alvin Kamara, but the 28-year-old has never shown much explosiveness or any real value on the ground. It shouldn't be a major concern for Latavius Murray if Riddick ends up signing with New Orleans.

July 28, 2019 3:15 PM EST

Theo Riddick: Cut by Lions

Riddick was cut by Detroit on Saturday, The Lions Wire's Erik Schlitt reports.

Analysis: Riddick was a favorite of prior offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter, but Matt Patricia and new offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell were evidently less appreciative. Riddick's elusiveness badly declined following his breakout season in 2015, when he caught 80 passes for 697 yards and three touchdowns on 99 targets. His highest yards per target total in the subsequent three years was just 6.3, and Riddick struggled as a runner throughout his career. With his passing game contributions declining, it was difficult to justify his $4.625 million cap hit in 2019. His exit might clear a path for sixth-round pick Ty Johnson to make the final roster as a rookie, while C.J. Anderson and Zach Zenner remain the presumed backups to Kerryon Johnson otherwise. Riddick's polish in passing functions could earn him a quick look somewhere else despite this setback.

July 27, 2019 5:58 AM EST

Theo Riddick: May not be cap casualty

Riddick is a candidate to open the 2019 season as the No. 2 running back despite the Lions' recent addition of C.J. Anderson and the re-signing of Zach Zenner, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Analysis: 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 him to be, given the fact that Detroit currently has the eighth-most cap space leaguewide, according to the NFLPA's most recent salary cap report. However, Birkett also notes that the Lions can move on from any three of these 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 on the team's Instagram page and appears to be recovered from the groin injury that prevented him from finishing the last season's Week 17 game against Green Bay.

April 17, 2019 9:19 AM EST

Theo Riddick: Future uncertain

Riddick (groin) isn't guaranteed to remain with the Lions in 2019, Nate Atkins of MLive.com reports.

Analysis: Detroit could reportedly save $3.4 million by setting Riddick free this offseason, a decision that to some degree will depend on how comfortable the organization is with Kerryon Johnson taking on an expanded pass-catching role. Given how Johnson (6.7 yards per catch, 5.5 yards per target) was more efficient than Riddick was both last season (6.3 YPC, 5.2 YPT) and as a rookie (6.5 YPC, 3.2 YPT) himself in 2013, Johnson comparatively fared well as a receiver during his first professional go-around and he still has significant room to grow in the volume department. Zach Zenner's emergence down the stretch could also make it less likely that Riddick returns in 2019 considering Zenner (8.0 YPC, 5.6 YPT) actually turned out to be the most efficient of the bunch in 2018, and he's only two years removed from a 2016 campaign in which he averaged a sterling 8.5 YPT over 23 targets.

January 23, 2019 10:01 AM EST

Theo Riddick: Injures groin Sunday

Riddick suffered a groin injury during Sunday's game at Green Bay, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Analysis: Prior to his departure in the third quarter, Riddick had four carries for 24 yards but hadn't been targeted by Matthew Stafford. If he doesn't return, Zach Zenner and LeGarrette Blount will finish out the contest as the Lions' available running backs.

December 30, 2018 11:53 AM EST

Theo Riddick: Silenced by Vikings

Riddick rushed three times for minus-two yards and caught four of five targets for seven yards during Sunday's 27-9 loss to Minnesota.a

Analysis: Splitting time with Zach Zenner and LeGarrette Blount, Riddick arguably had his worst game of the season Sunday against a stout Vikings defense that entered the game having allowed the fourth-least total yards per game in 2018. Still without either a touchdown or more than 60 scrimmage yard in any one game this season, Riddick is nothing short of a desperation play for any fantasy owners still in competition during the Week 17 season finale.

December 23, 2018 4:47 PM EST

Theo Riddick: Effective on ground in loss

Riddick rushed eight times for 47 yards and caught two of three targets for nine yards in Sunday's 14-13 loss to Buffalo.

Analysis: Riddick was Detroit's leading rusher in this one, though Zach Zenner had the better overall performance with 45 yards and a short touchdown on 10 carries. Look for Riddick to be more involved as a receiver against the Vikings in Week 16, with Detroit likely to fall behind and employ a more pass-heavy formula.

December 16, 2018 1:55 PM EST

Theo Riddick: Leading receiver against Arizona

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.

Analysis: The Lions went with a ground-and-pound approach against a Cardinals defense that entered the game having allowed the tenth-least yards per pass attempt (7.2), as Detroit finished the game with 31 rushing attempts versus 23 pass attempts. Riddick ultimately tied for the team lead in targets while Kenny Golladay drew heavy coverage from a Patrick Peterson-led Cardinals secondary. Averaging 50 total yards over his last six games but still without a single touchdown on the season, Riddick will remain an uninspiring fantasy play in a Week 15 matchup with a strong Bills defense.

December 9, 2018 6:14 PM EST

Theo Riddick: Totals 58 yards

Riddick rushed eight times for 32 yards and secured three of four targets for 26 yards during Sunday's 30-16 loss to the Rams.

Analysis: Riddick figured to be in line for a prominent pass-catching role while the Lions tried to keep pace with the Rams' explosive offense, but it's become clear that quarterback Matthew Stafford is more than comfortable with peppering receiver Bruce Ellington on short routes to keep the chains moving. Riddick has now been out-targeted by Ellington 26 to 15 over the past three weeks and hasn't topped 60 scrimmage yards in any game in 2018. The scatback will be hard to trust for fantasy purposes when the Lions do battle with the Cardinals in Week 14.

December 2, 2018 6:32 PM EST

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