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Theo Riddick

Las Vegas Raiders
Running Back #25
Las Vegas Raiders
Running Back #25

Theo Riddick News

Chooses retirement

Riddick is retiring, Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list for the start of training camp, Riddick now will retire from football. The two things may be unrelated, as he was far from a sure thing to make the Week 1 roster in Las Vegas, where Josh Jacobs, Kenyan Drake and Jalen Richard should have the backfield in good shape.

Jul 30, 2021 1:45 PM EST


Placed on reserve/COVID-19 list

Riddick was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday.

Analysis: Riddick played sparingly for the Raiders last season, carrying the ball six times for 14 yards and catching five passes for 43 yards across four games. The 30-year-old running back is buried on the depth chart, so any missed time will hurt his chances for one of the final roster spots. Fellow running backs Kenyan Drake and Jalen Richard were also placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list leaving only Josh Jacobs available for the Raiders at this time.

Jul 28, 2021 5:02 PM EST



Sticking around

The Raiders are re-signing Riddick to a one-year contract, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Riddick was a healthy scratch scratch for the Raiders most of last season, and he only averaged 12 offensive snaps in the four appearances he did log. With Kenyan Drake now available to fill in as the top backup to Josh Jacobs, Riddick doesn't have a clear path to increased work next season either. With just $50,000 guaranteed on his deal, it's no sure thing that he makes Las Vegas' final roster.

Mar 18, 2021 2:43 PM EST


Four receptions in season finale

Riddick, who caught four passes (on five targets) for 40 yards in Week 17, wraps up his 2020 campaign with six carries for 14 yards to go along with five catches for 43 yards on six targets in four games.

Analysis: Riddick spent time on the Raiders' practice squad, the reserve/COVID-19 list and as a healthy scratch throughout the 2020 season, ultimately logging just 48 total offensive snaps. Riddick, who's slated to turn 30 years old in May, becomes an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

Jan 10, 2021 10:45 AM EST


Inactive Week 14

Riddick (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against Indianapolis.

Analysis: The 29-year-old played 13 offensive snaps and had three carries for six yards and one reception for three yards last week against the Jets with Josh Jacobs (ankle) sidelined, but Jacobs is active for Sunday's contest. Riddick is clearly at the bottom of the backfield depth chart, with Devontae Booker and Jalen Richard operating as the secondary and tertiary options behind Jacobs.

Dec 13, 2020 11:58 AM EST



Adds nine total yards Sunday

Riddick took three carries for six yards and caught his only target for three yards in Sunday's 31-28 win over the Jets.

Analysis: Riddick's return from the COVID-19 list was met with additional opportunities out of the backfield as Josh Jacobs (ankle) missed Sunday's contest, but the Raiders struggled on the ground to the tune of 25 carries for just 72 yards. Jacobs' Week 14 availability doesn't look promising, so Riddick figures to remain active as a change-of-pace option behind Devontae Booker and Jalen Richard.

Dec 8, 2020 5:08 AM EST


Rare chance for work?

Riddick has a chance for snaps and touches Sunday against the Jets with Josh Jacobs (ankle) sidelined, Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Riddick has only made one appearance this season and recently had a spell on the reserve/COVID-19 list. However, the Raiders are without their lead running back, giving the rest of the group added opportunity. Devontae Booker is expected to lead the backfield, while Jalen Richard is the best bet to take on pass-catching work, but if active Riddick will be around for potential reps.

Dec 4, 2020 3:30 PM EST


Activated by Raiders

The Raiders activated Riddick off the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Riddick had resided on the list since Nov. 21, as he was forced to miss last week's game against the Falcons. Even though Riddick was cleared from COVID-19 protocols, he's only suited up in one game this season, so he won't make an impact in the offense as the team's fourth option at running back.

Dec 2, 2020 3:41 PM EST


Shifts to COVID list

Riddick (undisclosed) was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The move means Riddick either tested positive for the virus or was in close contact with an infected individual. The 29-year-old will be unavailable until he clears the league's COVID-19 protocols.

Nov 21, 2020 7:24 PM EST


Won't play against Broncos

Riddick (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Broncos.

Analysis: Riddick didn't play last week due to an illness, but he's simply a healthy scratch this time around. Jalen Richard and Devontae Booker will continue to rotate in behind Josh Jacobs.

Nov 15, 2020 11:57 AM EST


Off injury report

Riddick (illness) was absent from Wednesday's injury report.

Analysis: Riddick was forced to miss last week's game against the Chargers with the ailment, but has appeared to return to full strength. Now healthy, Riddick will slot back to his depth running back role for Sunday's game against the Broncos.

Nov 11, 2020 4:03 PM EST


Unavailable for Sunday's game

Riddick (illness) has been ruled out for Sunday's game versus the Chargers, Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Riddick was added to the injury report Saturday, and he won't be able to shake off the sickness in time for Sunday's game. Josh Jacobs (knee/illness) is also questionable, although he appears to be trending in the right direction. Jalen Richard and Devontae Booker are the only healthy members of the Raiders' backfield.

Nov 7, 2020 2:31 PM EST


Called up from practice squad

The Raiders signed Riddick from the team practice squad Thursday.

Analysis: Riddick was elevated from Las Vegas' practice squad ahead of a Week 4 matchup against Buffalo, ultimately registering 13 rushing yards on two carries over his seven offensive snaps during the contest. The Notre Dame product had at least 10 appearances in each of his six seasons for the Lions between 2013 and 2018, though he so far has been seldom utilized in his debut campaign with the Raiders. Given that Josh Jacobs (knee/Illness) sat out Thursday's practice, the Raiders have resultingly elevated a veteran presence in Riddick, in case RB reinforcements are required Sunday against the Chargers.

Nov 5, 2020 3:58 PM EST


Back to practice squad

Riddick was reverted back to practice squad Monday, according to the NFL transaction log.

Analysis: Riddick was called up to the active roster for the team's Week 4 matchup against the Bills. However, he logged only seven snaps and earned two carries, gaining 13 yards. With Jalen Richard (ankle) battling injury, however, Riddick could be back with the team in a Week 5 matchup against the Chiefs.

Oct 5, 2020 6:50 PM EST


Called up to 53-man roster

Riddick was called up to the Raiders' 53-man roster Saturday, Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: It's interesting to see the Raiders call up Riddick considering each of their top three backs is healthy, but the desperate need for WRs could have forced the issue. With three members of the receiving corps either out or listed as doubtful for Sunday, it's possible Riddick could even see snaps in five-wide receiver sets, although it's more likely he'll simply act as a do-it-all depth option.

Oct 3, 2020 2:35 PM EST


Finds home Sunday

Riddick latched on with the Raiders' practice squad Sunday, Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Riddick was cut by the team Saturday, but didn't have to wait long before returning to the club. The team recently traded Lynn Bowden away to Miami and has just three running backs on the roster, so Riddick could be an injury away from elevating to the 53-man roster.

Sep 6, 2020 11:34 AM EST


Let go by Raiders

The Raiders are cutting Riddick, Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: With Riddick cut and Lynn Bowden having been traded to Miami, it looks like Devontae Booker has secured the Raiders' No. 3 running back job behind Josh Jacobs and Jalen Richard. Per Gutierrez, Riddick could resurface on the team's practice squad.

Sep 5, 2020 12:42 PM EST


Signing with Raiders

Riddick is signing a one-year contract with the Raiders, Rob Demovsky of ESPN NFL Nation reports.

Analysis: A shoulder injury prevented Riddick from seeing the field in 2019, but he had 61 catches in 2018, which was his fourth consecutive season with at least 53 catches. The 29-year-old receiving back is no threat to Josh Jacobs' role as Vegas' featured back, but Riddick should compete for a third-down role.

Aug 22, 2020 6:07 PM EST


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.

Mar 6, 2020 9:30 AM EST


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.

Feb 3, 2020 1:30 PM EST


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