Theo Riddick
RB #25
Notre Dame
Manville, NJ

Quick Stats (2017):

Career Stats
TOTAL 174 585 3.4 42 2 180 1,454 8.1 41 13 1 1
2017 DET 2 0 10 19 1.9 11 0 9 44 4.9 13 1 -- --
2016 DET 10 8 92 357 3.9 42 1 53 371 7 23 5 -- --
2015 DET 16 1 43 133 3.1 16 0 80 697 8.7 34 3 1 1
2014 DET 14 2 20 51 2.6 9 0 34 316 9.3 41 4 -- --
2013 DET 14 0 9 25 2.8 7 1 4 26 6.5 8 0 -- --
Recent Games
1 ARI W 35-23 1 -1 -1 -1 0 6 27 4.5 13 1 -- --
2 @NYG W 24-10 9 20 2.2 11 0 3 17 5.7 7 0 -- --

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Fifth-year running back who brings excellent quickness and balance in open space to the Lions’ offensive attack. Possesses the skill set to be a major threat in the passing game with his ability to catch out of the backfield.


  • Placed on Reserve/Injured on December 31, 2016.
  • Signed by the Lions to a contract extension on September 9, 2016.
  • Drafted by the Detroit Lions in the sixth round (199th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft.

Fifth-year running back who brings excellent quickness and balance in open space to the Lions’ offensive attack. Possesses the skill set to be a major threat in the passing game with his ability to catch out of the backfield.

  • WR Golden Tate (91), WR Anquan Boldin (67), TE Eric Ebron (61), WR Marvin Jones Jr. (55) and Riddick (53) each totaled 50+ receptions in 2016. The Lions are the fifth team in NFL history, and first in franchise history, to feature five different players with at least 50 catches in a season. Other teams to accomplish this include the 1980 Cleveland Browns, 1994 New England Patriots, 2011 New Orleans Saints and 2013 Denver Broncos.
  • With Riddick (80), WR Golden Tate (90) and WR Calvin Johnson (88) each reaching the 80-catch mark in 2015, it marked the first time in team history that three teammates each finished with at least 80 receptions. The Lions accomplished this feat for the fifth time in NFL history, joining the 2000 St. Louis Rams, 2002 Oakland Raiders, 2011 New Orleans Saints and 2014 Chicago Bears.
  • With his seventh catch on a seven-yard gain with 3:19 left to play in the fourth quarter vs. San Francisco (12/27/15), Riddick set a new franchise record for the most single-season receiving yards by a running back in team history (668).
  • With four receptions in the 2015 season finale at Chicago (1/3/16), Riddick set a new franchise record for the most receptions (80) by a Lions running back in a season. He broke the previous record of 77 set by FB James Jones in 1984. He is the first Lions running back ever to catch 80+ passes in a season.

2016: Registered his first career multi-touchdown game, including a career-long 21-yard touchdown run and recorded a career-high 108 yards of total offense in Week 1 at Indianapolis (9/11).

  • Totaled 65 yards of offense in Week 2 vs. Tennessee (9/18), rushing 11 times for 37 yards and catching four balls for 28 yards.
  • Caught seven balls out of the backfield for 39 yards and ran for nine more in Week 3 at Green Bay (9/25).
  • Ran 11 times for 31 yards and hauled in four catches for 27 yards in Week 4 at Chicago (10/2).
  • Totaled 82 yards of offense and hauled in two touchdowns from QB Matthew Stafford in Week 5 vs. Philadelphia (10/9). Became the first Lions running back to register two receiving touchdowns in a game since RB Horace King vs. Minnesota (12/9/78). Also became the fourth Lions running back to record 10+ receiving touchdowns over a three-year span.
  • Inactive in Weeks 6-7.
  • Made his first start at running back since Week 5, totaling a single-game career high 133 yards out of the backfield, including a receiving touchdown in Week 8 at Houston (10/30). His 56 rushing yards and 77 receiving yards were also both single-game career highs. It was his second game of 2016 with 100+ total yards from scrimmage (108 at Ind, 9/11).
    • With his 11th career touchdown reception, Riddick moved past Mel Farr (10, 1967-73), James Jones (10, 1983-88) and Barry Sanders (10, 1989-98) for fourth among franchise running backs in career receiving touchdowns.
  • Continued to be a focal point of the offense in Week 9 at Minnesota (11/6) by rushing 14 times for 70 yards and catching one ball out of the backfield for six yards.
  • Led the Lions in both rushing (four carries, 13 yards) and receiving (eight receptions, 70 yards) in Week 11 vs. Jacksonville (11/20). It marked the first time a Lion has led the team in both rushing and receiving yards since Joique Bell in 2013 (91 rush, 63 receiving, 12/23 vs. NYG).
    • With eight receptions vs. Jacksonville, he joined FB James Jones as the only running backs in team history with 120+ receptions over a two-year span. His 123 receptions tied Jones (123, 1983-84) for the most receptions by a Lions RB over a two-year span.
  • Ran nine times for 45 yards and caught five balls out of the backfield for another 13 yards in Week 12 vs. Minnesota (11/24).
  • Caught a one-yard touchdown pass from QB Matthew Stafford in Week 13 at New Orleans (12/4), which set a new career single-season high for receiving touchdowns with five. Became just the sixth Lions running back in team history to record 5+ touchdowns in a single-season.
    • With five receptions at New Orleans, Riddick (133) became the first Lions running back in team history to catch 130+ passes over a two-year span.
  • Inactive due to injury in Weeks 14-16.
  • Placed on Reserve/Injured prior to the season finale vs. Green Bay (1/1). 

2015: Asserted himself as a pivotal piece of the Lions’ offense in 2015 with one of the best seasons by a Lions running back in franchise history. Finished the season with 80 receptions, the most by any Lions running back in team history, for 697 yards and three touchdowns, as well as 43 carries for 133 yards.

  • Connected with QB Matthew Stafford for a 21-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter in Week 1 at San Diego (9/13). Marked his fifth career receiving touchdown and longest touchdown reception of his career.
  • In Week 2 at Minnesota (9/20), had five receptions for 41 yards (8.2 avg) and a long of 11 yards
  • Registered eight catches for 66 yards in Week 3 vs. Denver (9/27). The performance marked his sixth career game with five or more receptions.
  • In Week 4 at Seattle (10/5) made an impact on offense with five receptions for 31 yards with an average of 6.2 and a long of 13. Also, registered one rush for five yards.
  • Caught a career-high 10 passes for 53 yards vs. Arizona in Week 5 (10/11). With 10 receptions Riddick became the eighth Lions running back in team history to register 10+ receptions in a game.
  • Hauled in three catches for 50 yards with a long of 34 and a 16.7 average. Also, was a critical piece of the Lions rushing attack with a career-high 28 yards in Week 6 vs. Chicago (10/18).
  • In Week 7 vs. Minnesota continued to be a pivotal piece to the offense with three receptions for 40 yards, an average of 13.3 yards and a long of 31.
  • In the team’s international contest at Wembley Stadium, had six receptions for 30 yards with a long of 10 at Kansas City (11/1).
  • In Week 10 at Green Bay (11/15), caught three passes for 25 yards.
  • In Week 11 vs. Oakland (11/22) caught five passes for 72 yards with a long of 21 yards and an average of 17.6 yards.
  • In Week 12 vs. Philadelphia (11/26), had five receptions for 62 yards and one touchdown grab. Late in the first quarter, snagged an eight-yard pass from QB Matthew Stafford to give the Lions their first lead of the game. Also had two carries for six yards.
  • In Week 13 vs. Green Bay (12/3), had five receptions for 27 yards. With five receptions vs. the Packers, Riddick became the fourth running back in Lions history to record 60+ receptions in a season. The last to accomplish this was RB Kevin Jones (61) in 2006.
  • In Week 14 at St. Louis (12/13), caught seven passes for 44 yards and had three rushing attempts for 18 yards.
  • In Week 15 at New Orleans (12/21), had two receptions for 27 yards with a long of 21 yards.
  • In Week 16 vs. San Francisco (12/27), led the Lions with seven catches for 63 yards in the Lions 32-17 win over San Francisco. Reaching 76 receptions, he became the second Lions running back to tally 70+ receptions in a season, joining Jones, who owns the team single-season record for running backs with 77 in 1984. This was Riddick’s fifth career game with 7+ receptions.
  • In Week 17 at Chicago (1/3), rounded out the season with four receptions for 29 yards. With four receptions, Riddick set a new franchise record for the most receptions (80) by a Lions running back in a season. He broke the previous record of 77 set by FB James Jones in 1984. He is the first Lions running back ever to catch 80+ passes in a season.

2014: Saw an increased role on offense, specifically in the passing game, in his second NFL season, finishing the year with 20 carries for 51 yards and 34 receptions for 316 yards and four touchdowns. His 34 receptions were tied with fellow RB Joique Bell for fourth on the team and his four touchdown receptions were tied for second with WR Golden Tate.

  • Started off the 2014 season in a reserve role for the RB position, but also recorded one tackle on special teams in Week 1 vs. New York Giants (9/8).
  • Had three carries for 16 yards in Week 3 vs. Green Bay (9/21).
  • Carried the ball one time for two yards before leaving the game early with an injury in Week 4 at New York Jets (9/28).
  • Inactive in Week 5 vs. Buffalo (10/5).
  • Had three carries for six yards along with five receptions for 75 yards and his first-career touchdown reception in Week 6 at Minnesota (10/12).
  • Inactive in Week 7 vs. New Orleans (10/19).
  • Caught eight passes for 74 yards and a TD and carried the ball three times for five yards in Week 8 at Atlanta (10/26). His one-handed catch across the middle in the fourth quarter set up the Lions’ game-winning drive that was capped off with a K Matt Prater field goal.
  • Had two receptions for five yards and the game-winning touchdown in Week 10 vs. Miami (11/09).
  • Caught three passes for 24 yards while also carrying the ball twice for two yards in Week 11 at Arizona (11/16).
  • Had three receptions for 40 yards in Week 12 at New England (11/23).
  • Caught six passes for 54 yards in Week 13 vs. Chicago (11/27).
  • Hauled in two passes for 10 yards in Week 16 at Chicago (12/21).
  • Recorded five receptions for 34 yards and a touchdown in Week 17 at Green Bay (12/28).
  • Hauled in four passes for 39 yards in the NFC Wild Card game at Dallas (1/4).

2013: Saw action in 14 games in his rookie campaign, highlighted by his go-ahead rushing touchdown vs. New York Giants (12/22) in Week 17. Totaled nine rushes for 25 yards and one touchdown, four receptions for 26 yards, one kick return for 12 yards and seven solo special teams tackles.

  • Saw action on primarily on special teams in Week 1 vs. Minnesota (9/8) and in Week 2 at Arizona (9/15).
  • Caught one pass for eight yards in his first action at running back in Week 3 at Washington (9/22).
  • Inactive in Week 6 at Cleveland (10/13) and Week 7 vs. Cincinnati (10/20).
  • Carried the ball once for seven yards and caught one pass for one yard in Week 8 vs. Dallas (10/27).
  • Posted three special teams tackles in Week 10 at Chicago (11/10).
  • Had a special teams tackle and tipped a punt in Week 12 vs. Tampa Bay (11/24).
  • Caught one pass for five yards in Week 13 vs. Green Bay (11/28).
  • Had four carries for 12 yards, one kick return for 12 yards and one special teams tackle in Week 14 at Philadelphia (12/8).
  • Recorded one reception for six yards and one special teams tackle in Week 15 vs. Baltimore (12/16).
  • Scored his first career touchdown on a two-yard rush in Week 16 vs. New York Giants (12/22).
  • Had one special teams tackle in Week 17 at Minnesota (12/29).

A multi-dimensional weapon at running back, slot receiver and kick returner in his four years with the Fighting Irish offense, Riddick played in 45 games (26 starts), including nine at tailback and 17 at slot receiver. Finished his career with 224 carries for 1,169 yards (4.79 avg) and five touchdowns, as well as 120 receptions for 1,263 yards (10.53 avg) at 10 touchdowns.

  • Also returned 47 kickoffs for 1,051 yards (22.36 avg).
  • Altogether, touched the ball 414 times for a combined total of 3,482 all-purpose yards (77.38 per game) in his career.

2012: Received All-American Honorable Mention and All-Major Independent First Team honors from The NFL Draft Report and was given the Notre Dame Count on Me Award. Appeared in all 13 games (eight starts) and led Notre Dame with 917 rushing yards on 190 carries (4.83 avg) and five touchdowns, while finishing third on the squad with 36 receptions for 370 yards (10.28 avg) and two touchdowns.

  • Registered four 100-yard rushing games and posted five games with at least 100 all-purpose yards. Rushed for a team-high 50 first downs on the season.
  • Carried the ball 19 times for 107 yards and two touchdowns in the season opener vs. Navy.
  • Posted a season-best five receptions for 32 yards and carried the ball 17 times for 52 yards vs. Michigan.
  • Amassed 120 all-purpose yards on 18 attempts and 56 receiving yards on four receptions against Boston College.
  • Had 20 carries for a career-high 146 yards and a touchdown and added 33 receiving yards on three catches against Southern California.

2011: Started nine of the 11 games he played in as a slot receiver before to returning to tailback at the end of the regular season. Finished third on the team with 38 receptions for 436 yards (11.47 avg) and three touchdowns, while also rushing 14 times for 63 yards (4.50 avg). Also returned eight kickoffs for 166 yards (20.75 avg).

  • Caught six passes for 62 yards and two touchdowns at Michigan, including a 29-yard score.
  • Posted season highs with eight catches and 83 receiving yards and one touchdown vs. Air Force.
  • Carried the ball eight times for 36 yards and caught two passes for seven yards vs. Florida State in the Champs Sports Bowl.

2010: Played in nine games for the Irish, starting eight contests at slot receiver. Finished second on the team with 40 receptions for 414 yards (10.35 avg) and three touchdowns. Registered four catches of 20 yards or more, with 22 of his 40 receptions resulting in a touchdown or first down.

  • Posted a career-high 10 receptions for 128 yards vs. Michigan State for his first 100-yard receiving game of his career.
  • Recorded a touchdown in three consecutive games (vs. Michigan State, vs. Stanford and vs. Boston College).
  • Had nine catches for 69 yards and a touchdown at Boston College and collected seven receptions for 75 yards vs. Pittsburgh.

2009: Appeared in all 12 contests for the Irish, serving as the primary returner on kickoffs. Earned his first career start in the Irish’s final game of the season vs. Stanford. Totaled 849 yards on 37 kickoff returns (22.95 avg), the most kickoff-return yards in a single-season in Notre Dame history (Armando Allen, 704 in 2007).

  • Carried the ball five times for 19 yards in his collegiate debut vs. Nevada.
  • Set season highs with nine rushes for 51 yards and three catches for 24 yards vs. Washington State.
  • Totaled 155 all-purpose yards in the season finale at Stanford.

Attended Immaculata (Somerville, N.J.) High School where he played football for head coach Pierce Frauenheim as a standout running back, receiver, defensive back and return specialist. Led the Spartans to a perfect 12-0 record on their way to capturing a state title during his sophomore season in 2006.

  • Closed his prep career with 4,042 rushing yards and 52 touchdowns. On defense, he recorded 50 tackles, three interceptions and six pass breakups.
  • Son of Celeste Bell.

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  • Postgame 1 on 1: Theo Riddick

    Posted Sep 10, 2017

    Tori Petry talks with RB Theo Riddick on the Fox Sports Detroit Postgame show about the team coming together and turning things around after trailing early.

  • Riddick on looking forward to contact

    Posted Aug 6, 2017

    RB Theo Riddick says wearing the red jersey has been head coach Jim Caldwell's call. He loves contact as a running back and is looking forward to it.

  • Riddick on focusing on the little things

    Posted Aug 4, 2017

    RB Theo Riddick talks about how excited he is to be back on the field and how he is focusing on the details.

  • Riddick on the benefits of OTAs

    Posted May 31, 2017

    RB Theo Riddick talks about how the OTAs benefit him during the season as well as his prediction for the NBA Finals.

  • Riddick on defense stepping up

    Posted Nov 20, 2016

    RB Theo Riddick talks about how the Lions' defense stepped up in Week 11 as well as the offense's ability to convert third downs late in the game.