One of the things Bob Quinn said loud and clear (to me at least) during the draft was that Theo Riddick will be a slot WR and not a RB.— Scott Bischoff (@Bischoff_Scott) May 9, 2016
File this in the “big if true” folder in terms of news reports. Theo Riddick finished as a top 20 PPR running back in 2015 based largely on the fact that he saw 99 targets in the passing game.
This report is great because it displays a commitment to keeping Riddick involved in the game plan, potentially without having to get in the way of Ameer Abdullah’s development. Abdullah also saw a fairly impressive 38 targets, considering his snap load, and the objections to making Abdullah a priority target in 2016 largely involve the possibility that Riddick takes all of the valuable passing game work.
Where this report would become problematic is if it resulted in the redesignation of Riddick in fantasy leagues. Riddick’s 179 PPR points from 2015 would have only been good for WR35. However, I can’t imagine that a site like MFL, for instance, would actually re-designate Riddick after he’s already been picked in MFL10s. But I’m not sure how other platforms could handle this potential position change.
While this report makes Riddick a player to monitor in PPR leagues, it also probably bumps up Ameer Abdullah a decent amount1 because it frees up snaps.
For further reading on the Detroit backfield see Charles Kleinheksel’s work from earlier in the offseason.
- again, if we start to see evidence that the Lions are sincere in their desire to make Riddick a slot receiver (back)