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Broncos expected to add offensive weapon

Zac Stevens Avatar
August 1, 2019

 

Rich Scangarello appears to have another weapon in his arsenal.

According to Mike Klis, the Broncos are expected to sign running back Theo Riddick later this week. While listed as a running back, Riddick posses the biggest threat in the passing game.

Since entering the NFL in 2013 out of Notre Dame, the 5-foot-9, 201-pound back has had more receiving yards than rushing yards every year of his career, including a whopping 697 receiving yards on 80 catches in 2015.

Over the past four years, Riddick has averaged 61.8 receptions for 474 receiving yards and 2.5 touchdowns.

During that same span, the former 6th-round pick racked up 236.8 rushing yards per year on just over four carries per game.

Last year with Detroit, Riddick had 171 rushing yards and 384 receiving yards on 61 receptions. After spending his entire career with Detroit, the Lions released the receiving back on July 27.

After being released, Riddick met with the Saints on Sunday before coming to Denver to meet with John Elway and the Broncos on Monday. The veteran back’s decision came down to those two teams, where he ultimately chose Denver on Thursday.

Riddick will not play in the Hall of Fame game on Thursday night as the move is not official and he is not with the team in Canton, Oh.

Now the veteran of the group at 28 years old, Riddick joins a crowded running back room including Phillip Lindsay, Royce Freeman, Devontae Booker, Khalfani Muhammad, Devontae Jackson and David Williams.

Booker profiles as the most similar player as Riddick in terms of being a receiving back, although Devontae has had more rushing yards than receiving yards in two of his three years in the league.

Riddick averages 3.6 yards per carry and 7.9 yards per catch over the course of his career.

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