Friday, September 23, 2016, 6:21pm
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Of the three, Riddick has the most experience and Lions coach Jim Caldwell said Wednesday that Riddick will be "the lead guy" in Detroit. But others will get work, too.
Zenner has shown power. Washington has a combination of size and speed. But none of them have been in a lead role before in the NFL.
To help reinforce the thought the Lions needed complete backs, Walker spent time this offseason working with Riddick -- a premier pass-catcher -- on moving his eyes to the proper position to see holes. He worked with him on how to set up defenders to make his blocks even more useful and how to see the developing creases set up by offensive linemen faster.
“When we’re sitting in the film room and we have a clicker in our hand and we can pause stuff and see things, that’s one way,” Walker said. “But guys gotta be able to make split-second decisions on the field and he’s learning where to put his eyes to help him make those split-second decisions.”
So far, Riddick has been a superior runner to what he’s done in the past. He’s averaging 4.56 yards per carry. More importantly, he looks more confident as a rusher than he ever has in the past, too. It helps that he’s being used in a variety of ways now as a runner instead of mostly as a third-down or two-minute runner, as he was in the past.
Riddick said his improved vision comes from Walker's teachings.
The Lions are willing to give Riddick carries this year (9.0 per game) after he averaged just 2.7 carries per game last season. The early returns are good, but a Week 1 matchup with the Colts has a lot to do with his 4.6 YPC. We expect Washington to see 8-12 touches per game, but he'll have to hold off Zach Zenner as the goal line back to have weekly fantasy value. Week 3 is shaping up to be a "Riddick game" since the Lions are expected to be playing from behind for most of the day.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 6:15pm
Related players: Joique Bell
Riddick was already shaping up as a solid RB2 in PPR formats, and this cements his status. The Lions look to be more willing to hand the ball to Riddick than they have in the past. At 223 lbs and with good measurables, Dwayne Washington is worth an immediate pickup in all leagues as he is likely to take over the team's "big back" role. Joique Bell was the #14 RB in this role (#13 in PPR formats) in 2014, before Abdullah joined the team. We're not expecting that sort of upside for Washington with Riddick's expanded rushing role, but it's not out of the question. Zach Zenner becomes an interesting name to monitor, and the Lions also worked out Bell on Tuesday, but he'd likely serve as depth.
No corresponding roster move was announced, and team has not officially announced the signing.
Dobson, a second-round pick in 2013, was cut by the Patriots earlier this month. Last week, he worked out for the 49ers and Chargers. New Lions general manager Bob Quinn worked for the Patriots before taking this job, so he has familiarity with Dobson. Dobson, 25, has 53 career receptions and had four touchdown catches as a rookie. He participated in a workout Tuesday that also included former Lions running back Joique Bell.
Abdullah injured his foot during a 16-15 loss Sunday against the Tennessee Titans. Multiple outlets are reporting he is believed to have a foot sprain.
He was able to play only 17 snaps before the injury, but still managed to carry the ball six times for 38 yards. And that's not counting a 14-yard touchdown that was nullified by an Eric Ebron holding penalty.
Abdullah then injured the foot on a second-quarter run and limped to the sideline. He eventually returned to the locker room, and Theo Riddick and Dwayne Washington finished off the game. Those guys are expected to shoulder the load if Abdullah is unable to play Sunday against Green Bay, the story said. Zach Zenner could also see some time.
The team initially said he’s questionable to return but then ruled him out, the story said. Dwayne Washington had four carries for 31 yards and had some positive press over the summer. Theo Riddick ran 11 times but only collected 37 yards. Should Abdullah have to miss time, Washington and Riddick would likely have big roles.
Friday, September 16, 2016, 6:38pm
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Tate and Ebron were both dealing with ankle injuries coming into this contest. It's a great matchup for both against the Colts and each practiced fully this week and appear ready to go.
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