Riddick netted zero yards on his sole rush and brought in five of seven targets for 30 yards in the Lions' 20-19 win over the Panthers on Sunday. As expected, Riddick served as a de facto possession receiver, often lining out in the slot in the absence of both Marvin Jones (knee) and the recently traded Golden Tate. Riddick's role remained the same even after Kerryon Johnson exited the game with a knee injury, and he'll likely be in for another heavy workload in the passing game versus the Bears in a Thanksgiving Day divisional showdown in four days.
Riddick secured six of seven targets for 60 yards during Sunday's 34-22 loss to the Bears. Riddick wasn't given a carry for the second consecutive week, but he again served as a key piece of the passing offense as the Lions look for underneath receivers to step up in the wake of Golden Tate's trade to Philadelphia. While the scatback's value in PPR formats is clearly trending upwards as a result, Riddick's upside is severely capped by the presence of fellow tailback Kerryon Johnson, who has also been getting more involved as a pass catcher lately and now has 15 receptions (on 19 targets) for 114 yards and a score over the last three games. The recently signed Bruce Ellington could also become a factor from the slot once he gets up to speed with the playbook.
Riddick (knee) didn't get a rushing attempt but caught seven of eight targets for 36 yards in Sunday's 24-9 loss to Minnesota. Seeing his first action since Week 5, the receiving back led his team in catches. Riddick's value is limited mostly to PPR formats, but his return served as a source of frustration for Kerryon Johnson's owners, as Johnson managed his lowest scrimmage yard total (44) after emerging as a dual threat with both running and receiving skills out of the backfield during Riddick's absence. Look for Riddick's own receiving skills to be on display once again when the Lions travel to Chicago in Week 10.
Riddick (knee) was a full practice participant Friday and has been cleared to return for Sunday's game at Minnesota, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports. With Riddick free of an injury designation for Sunday's game, Kerryon Johnson once again faces competition for passing-down snaps and targets. It'll be interesting to see if the Lions still keep Johnson on the field in some obvious passing situations after he caught six balls for 69 yards in last week's 28-14 loss to Seattle. The rookie has hauled in 21 of 26 targets this season, but Riddick has a much longer track record as one of the league's better pass-catching backs.
Riddick (knee) was limited at Wednesday's practice, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports. Riddick hasn't practiced since the Lions' Week 6 bye, so any activity is welcome from the pass-catching back. His status bears watching as the week continues to discern whether he has a chance to return Sunday at Minnesota.
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