Riddick (ankle) returned to Sunday's 30-27 loss to the 49ers late in the fourth quarter, finishing the game with nine catches for 47 yards on 12 targets. Riddick was removed midway through the fourth quarter and deemed questionable to return, eventually making it back for the last drive of the game. He was targeted on Detroit's final two snaps of the contest, with both passes falling incomplete to end any chance of a comeback victory. Riddick has drawn 20 targets through two weeks, accounting for 19 percent of the Lions' team total. He only had a 12.5 percent share last season while filling a similar role as the team's passing-down back. It won't come as any surprise if Riddick shows up on the injury report ahead of a Week 3 game against the Patriots.
Riddick injured his ankle in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game against the 49ers, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports. Riddick is considered questionable to return as the Lions try to mount a comeback late in the game. He caught eight of nine targets for 39 yards prior to exiting the contest.
Riddick rushed four times for 20 yards while securing five of seven targets for 15 yards during Monday's 48-17 loss to the Jets. Riddick ultimately led the Lions backfield in touches, but not by much, as rookie Kerryon Johnson finished right behind him with eight. While the veteran firmly remains Detroit's preferred passing-down back, it wouldn't be a total surprise if he slightly loses his grip on the role as the season goes on given the potential Johnson is showing as a receiver. With that said, fellow tailback LeGarrette Blount sustained an apparent knee injury Monday, and if the early down bruiser is forced to miss any time, Riddick and Johnson could see a boost in playing time. Furthermore, if the Detroit defense is really as bad as it looked in Week 1, game script could frequently turn in Riddick's favor.
Riddick caught two of three targets for seven yards and took his only carry for a 10-yard touchdown in Friday's preseason game against the Buccaneers. Riddick drew all of his targets before halftime but scored the rushing touchdown late in the third quarter. He's locked in as the passing-down specialist in a backfield committee, with his weekly target count likely depending on game flow. Riddick may produce useful PPR statlines when the Lions are forced to abandon the run, but he'll also have some clunkers in games that favor the rushing attack. It'll be a long season for the Lions if Week 1 against the Jets turns out to be the former.
Riddick didn't practice Tuesday, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports. Riddick curiously didn't play in the Lions' preseason opener, but his receiving chops were on full display this past Friday against the Giants. Among his 14 offensive snaps scattered between the first and second teams, he paced the team with 50 yards on his three catches (on three targets) and also added one carry for six yards. The reason for his absence Tuesday is unknown, but if it's an injury Riddick may be in danger of missing the all-important Week 3 of exhibition season Friday in Tampa Bay.
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|3||09/24||New England Patriots||20||17.00|
|5||10/07||Green Bay Packers||7||12.00|
|13||12/02||Los Angeles Rams||8||12.00|
|17||12/30||@Green Bay Packers||7||12.00|
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