With the 2020 NFL free agency period just over a week away, Detroit Lions GM Bob Quinn will have some extremely important decisions to make.
One of those decisions will be solidifying the wide receiver position.
Sure, the Lions have Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones, and Danny Amendola returning but after that, there is much left to be desired.
In order to prepare for 2021 and beyond, I believe Quinn will draft not one but two wide receivers in the upcoming draft as all three receivers mentioned above are going into the final year of their contract. Sure, the Lions will probably get a deal done to extend Golladay but Jones will likely be allowed to walk, and at some point, Amendola will run out of gas.
That being said, the Lions could use another slot receiver for the 2020 season and Jeff Risdon of Lions Wire suggests the Lions should consider bringing back Theo Riddick to take on that role.
Risdon notes that Riddick does not have much value to the Lions as a running back but that he could get a look if he is willing to move to receiver.
Riddick is an accomplished back and has chemistry with Matthew Stafford, but a return to Detroit seems unlikely. He was dumped just as training camp began last season under new offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, who preferred the more familiar J.D. McKissic in that role. Riddick’s value as an actual runner is negligible; he averaged just 12 rushing yards per game and 3.6 yards per carry in his Lions career.
The Lions can find younger, cheaper, fresher legs than Riddick to play the more ground-oriented role in Bevell’s offense. Now if Riddick wants to get back to playing as a slot wide receiver — which was his primary role at Notre Dame under Brian Kelly — the Lions should have some interest. Detroit has just Danny Amendola on the depth chart as a quick, middle-of-field receiver.
Nation, what would you think about the Lions signing Theo Riddick to play receiver?
-Excerpt via Jeff Risdon, Lions Wire– LINK