Broncos boss John Elway told reporters last night that rookie quarterback Drew Lock would be placed on injured reserve today because of his preseason thumb injury. That will keep him from practicing for at least six weeks and out of at least eight games, so they’ll have to find a backup for Joe Flacco since they released Kevin Hogan yesterday.
Elway also said that tight end Jake Butt and running back Theo Riddick would join Lock on injured reserve today, giving them three roster spots to add, in addition to any shuffling they may want to do with waiver claims.
The Broncos will need a backup to Flacco. Lock's season isn't lost the team said. He'll be able to do everything other than be on the football field, so the team expects him to learn the offense and understand what's going on.
DET RB Theo Riddick - 2019 Fantasy Football Outlook
Playing in 14 games last year with the Lions, Theo Riddick turned 101 touches into 555 total yards. It was the fourth straight season he accumulated at least 50 receptions. Even with his new team, whether he lines up in the backfield or as a WR, Riddick’s quickness creates a matchup nightmare for defensive coordinators.
For the first time in his six NFL seasons, Riddick failed to find the end zone in ‘18. Last year he had double-digit touches in a game just three times and his 6.3 yards per reception were a career low. With Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman doing most of the work for the Broncos in the ground game, Riddick’s productivity will again come in the passing game.
After injuring a shoulder in his first preseason game with Denver, Riddick won't be on the field until late September at the earliest. He remains mostly a PPR fantasy option, as he was a nice option for Matthew Stafford on third down, and should be a favorite of Joe Flacco's on passing downs as well. It will be interesting to see if his role remains the same with the Broncos, but Riddick had just 40 rushing attempts last season - so don’t expect much from him on the ground. He should only be drafted in PPR leagues or as a late-round flier in deep leagues.