During the offseason, a highly-used name from the Detroit Lions was tailback Theo Riddick; many believed he’d have a breakout 2014 season. Riddick was said to be looking sharp, explosive, and raring to bust out.
Fast-forward the 2014 season, and those statements hold some weight. Riddick has been quite the weapon for the Lions, including some huge clutch catches, like the one against the Atlanta Falcons in London, and the game-winning touchdown reception against the Miami Dolphins.
Though Riddick doesn’t possess the glossiest of stats due to limited snaps, but he’s proven to be an electrifying weapon when given the chance. Riddick’s growth in the offense is hindered by tailback Reggie Bush; both are similar, speedy threats, but Bush receives more of the workload because of experience. That needs to change.
Simply put: Riddick’s role needs to be expanded. Bush isn’t the same player he once was: injuries haunt him, he drops many passes, and he hesitates when running the ball. He isn’t nearly the respected weapon he once was. Bush doesn’t hit his holes and strides with the same explosion as he used to.
Going forward, it’d be wiser for the Lions to invest more into Riddick; he’s grown a tremendous amount as a player this season.
Detroit would be benefited by more Riddick, and less Bush.