Until veteran passing-downs specialist Theo Riddick re-emerges in a solid role where he's catching five-plus passes per week, Fantasy managers shouldn't bother adding him to rosters.
Riddick is retiring, Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com reports. 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.
The Raiders placed Riddick on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday. 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.
The Raiders are re-signing Riddick to a one-year contract, Field Yates of ESPN reports. 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.
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. 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.
Riddick (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against Indianapolis. 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 starter 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.
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|4||10/04||@Los Angeles Chargers||14||16.75|
|9||11/07||@New York Giants||16||17.50|
|10||11/14||Kansas City Chiefs||25||19.32|
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|14||12/12||@Kansas City Chiefs||25||19.32|
|18||01/09||Los Angeles Chargers||14||16.75|
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