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|Riddick unlikely to see many more carries -- Mon Jul 25 4:25 pm --|
Handled only 43 carries in 2015
|The biggest key to the backfield's success is the development of Ameer Abdullah. As a rookie last season, he was plagued by ball security issues early in the campaign, but closed out the year strong. He averaged 4.7 yards per attempt and put the ball on the ground just once across the final eight games.
Theo Riddick is what he is, a below-average runner, but elite receiver out of the backfield. He's a key offensive cog after catching 80 passes last season, but expecting significant growth as a ball carrier borders on unreasonable. (MLive.com)|
FF Today's Take: This opinion contradicts OC Jim Bob Cooter's expectation in early June that Riddick would see more carries. A slight bump from the 43 carries he did receive a season ago is reasonable, but owners should not expect that total to double. Abdullah should see his touches increase, however, after putting a lid on his ball-security issues. He averaged 10.5 touches as a rookie, but should be around 15 as a NFL sophomore. Both backs should be viewed as high-end flex/RB3 types in PPR formats.
|Abdullah to carry most of the load for Lions? -- Thu Jun 23 4:45 pm --|
4.7 YPC over the second half of the season
|(Ameer Abdullah is) going to get every opportunity to carry most of the load for the Lions’ rushing attack. He averaged 4.7 yards per carry the second half of last season when the offensive line simplified some blocking schemes and played more consistently. The Lions should be better upfront as a run-blocking unit with (Taylor) Decker at left tackle, (Laken) Tomlinson with a year under his belt, (Larry) Warford in better shape and (Riley) Reiff moved over to right tackle. That should benefit Abdullah and the run game. (detroitlions.com)|
FF Today's Take: Although Abdullah is still recovering from January shoulder surgery, he is expected to be ready for camp and offers the same kind of huge upside he did last summer. Theo Riddick will still absorb most of the backfield's snaps on passing downs, but the rest of the roles on this team are open for the taking for the second-year back. He makes sense as a low-end RB2 with room to move up from there should he secure goal-line carries in addition to early-down work.