Coming from the New Orleans Saints as quarterbacks coach, Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi has a lot of similar pieces to work with in his new role.
He has the talented quarterback in Matthew Stafford, playmaking wide receivers in Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate, and (hopefully) a playmaking tight end in Eric Ebron.
But who takes the role of Darren Sproles – the shifty, multifaceted running back who can run the ball and make plays as a receiver in the open field?
Backup quarterback Dan Orlovsky has an idea. His bold prediction for the Lions’ 2015 season, as he told Ross Tucker on the Ross Tucker Football Podcast, is that Theo Riddick will catch at least 50 passes.
Those are pretty lofty totals, especially with two, fine pass-catching backs in Reggie Bush and Joique Bell ahead of Riddick. But if Bell or Bush were to go down at some point this season, Riddick may be able to fill in nicely without much loss in production if the Lions decide to keep the game plan the same.