Detroit Lions will tailor running backs' workload on a game-by-game basis

The Detroit Lions don't have a feature running back. They arguably have two. Fading away are the days when one running back shoulders the majority of the workload, week in and week out. Tandem backfields allow teams to maximize the talents of players with different skill sets while reducing the physical burden expected of a workhorse. In a pinch, either Reggie Bush or Joique...
Via Pro Sports Daily
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Lions RB’s Key Against the Giants

Theo Riddick is getting a new look for the Detroit Lions. Following Mikel LeShoure’s departure, Riddick has decided to change his number to 25. Other than that, he is expected to take on a bigger role in the Lions’ offense. Riddick had 9 carries in 2013, but he is expected to take a little bit of the workload off of Reggie Bush. If Theo Riddick can cut into the amount of carries...
Via Detroit Sports Nation
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Lions: Training camp winners

The Detroit Lions finished training camp last week and are now settling into a regular practice routine. Detroit’s regular season begins in less than three weeks from today with some Monday Night Football against the New York Giants. With a large part of last year’s core returning, a lot was set in stone for Detroit entering training camp. But as always, a few surprise players...
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Lions: Second preseason game preview

The Detroit Lions closed their 14th and final practice of training camp on Wednesday. The two-and-a-half weeks are up, and now the Lions turn their focus to tonight’s preseason contest against the Oakland Raiders. Thankfully for Detroit and first-year coach Jim Caldwell, the Lions emerge from training camp injury-free for the most part. The long-term injuries have already begun...
August 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Detroit Lions Depth at RB is a Good Problem

George Winn was signed by the Detroit Lions in July, and was not expected to really amount to much other than a training camp body. However, after an impressive training camp and preseason performance, some may be wondering how far up the depth charts Winn can climb. The running back from Southfield, Michigan, said that it was an honor to put on a show in front of his home town....
Via Detroit Sports Nation
August 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Running Back Handcuffs

  Cheat Sheet Creator – Draft Analyzer – Draft Assistant – Auction Calculator I’m not much for drafting a handcuff of my starting running backs just for the hell of it. Investing in a running back’s backup is sometimes a good idea and sometimes not. Not all backups are created equally. Offense, opportunity and ability become big components in deciding if handcuffing...
Via The Fake Football
August 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick impresses, but competition tough

Theo Riddick had a pretty impressive spring, and the second-year running back is off to a good start in training camp. But with Reggie Bush and Joique Bell in front of him on the depth chart and Mikel Leshoure vying for time in a big-back role, it remains to be seen how much of an impact Riddick will have for the Detroit Lions this fall. Lions running backs coach Curtis Modkins...
Via Pro Sports Daily
August 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Detroit Lions: Biggest winners in training camp

With all the hype surrounding the start of training camp, picking the most notable player is nearly impossible. Although practice has been efficient on all spectrums, three players have been able to catch the eye of their teammates, coaches, and the media. Here are the biggest winners from Detroit Lions training camp so far: 1. Theo Riddick: Theo Riddick, as with most players their...
July 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Poll: Who do you think will be the Detroit Lions breakout offensive player in 2014?

Every season there is a breakout player, for nearly every team. For the Detroit Lions last year, their unexpected surprises were Joseph Fauria and DeAndre Levy. While Levy was a starter going into the season, no one really expected what the Lions got from him and he was a big part of their 6-3 start in 2013. There are plenty of candidates on this team to be that breakout player of...
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July 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Lions Training Camp: 5 Key Position Battles

Excitement is building in Allen Park, as the Detroit Lions are getting ready to report to training camp on Sunday July 27th . The Lions are lucky that they have a pretty good understanding of who all of the starters will be heading into camp, which is nice because it will take the team some time to gel with Jim Caldwell’s new playbook. However, there are a lot of camp battles still...
Via TopSportsReport
July 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Position Preview: The Detroit Lions are loaded at running back

There is no doubt that the Detroit Lions are loaded at the running back position. The majority of the time and carries last year were distributed between Reggie Bush and Joique Bell and if all goes as expected, it should be the same in 2014. The Lions also have former second round pick Mikel Leshoure, who led the team in rushing in 2012 with 798 yards and nine touchdowns and the...
Via cover32 - Lions
July 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Detroit Sports Podcast Ep. #048

Detroit Sports Podcast-Doc N Jock Sports w/ John & Adam This week the guys talk about The Tigers at the half way point in the season, Which Tiger deserved to be in The All-Star Game, Jock tries to make the case for Joaquim Benoit to return to the Tigers, how concerned should Tigers be about A’s since they made the blockbuster trade. The guys play a round of Jock Jams and Jock...
Via Detroit Sports Nation
July 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Rewind: Detroit Lions 2014 playoff odds, Power Rankings, best NFL head coaches

In case you missed it the best columns from the cover32 universe this week. National Columns - Top 10 in 2014: The best head coaches in the NFL today (READ) - Power Rankings: Each team’s attractiveness as a Super Bowl host city (READ) - Top10 in 2014: The best players at every NFL position (READ) - Top 10 in 2014: The best general managers in the NFL today (READ) - Ten NFL...
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July 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Rewind: Calvin is NFL elite, Northern Michigan is Packers country, Riddick is all the hype

Detroit Lions All the hype is about Theo Riddick(READ) How high did NFL players rate Calvin Johnson(READ) Northern Michigan loves the Packers(READ) Catching the ball more consistently is key to Lions success(READ) You may also be interested in:Rewind: Calvin is NFL elite, Northern Michigan is Packers country, Riddick is all the hypeEveryone is talking about Theo RiddickThese 10 sleepers...
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July 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Everyone is talking about Theo Riddick

I keep hearing about Theo Riddick. The other players on the Detroit Lions can’t seem to stop praising him. Joique Bell feels Riddick could end up in the pro bowl this year. Dan Orlovsky sees the Lions making sure eight plays a game are run with the intention of throwing to Riddick. Orlovsky also thinks that no one can cover Riddick and that he could end up in a Darren Sproles type...
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July 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Theo Riddick has Pro Bowl Potential…

  At least that is what Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell believes. “His body is in great shape, probably 7 percent body fat,” Bell said. “You see his route running from out the backfield, it’s really crisp. He looks like a Reggie. Just some of the moves you see him do in practice against some of the linebackers. We sit back in the meeting room, we sit back we laugh...
Via Detroit Sports Nation
July 09, 2014  |  Discuss

5 Lions Who Will Surprise People in 2014

#453384621 / The Lions have wrapped up OTAs and are getting prepared for training camp to start in a about a month. There have been reports from Lions camp that OTAs went very well and that a few players in particular really stood out from the rest. New HC Jim Caldwell was very pleased with his teams performance over OTAs and hopefully the team will take this momentum...
Via TopSportsReport
June 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Who will the Detroit Lions choose in rounds six and seven this week?

All this week, we’ll be looking forward to the 2014 NFL Draft on Thursday. Today, we’ll look at possible late round picks for each team, covering rounds five thru seven. The Detroit Lions do not have a fifth round pick this year as they traded it away in attempt to bolster their receiving corps in 2013 after injuries stifled the offense. So, we’ll just be looking at the sixth...
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May 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Mikel Leshoure Wants To Play For A Team That Will Feed Him The Rock

Mikel Leshoure wants out of Detroit, and right now. Leshoure has been unhappy in Detroit this season, and after the acquisition of Reggie Bush, wanted a trade.  He’s played in three games this season while Reggie Bush, Joique Bell and Theo Riddick have handled the rushing duties for the Lions over the course of the season. Leshoure told the Detroit Free Press that he doesn’t...
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December 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Mikel Leshoure Wants To Play For A Team That Will Feed Him The Rock

Mikel Leshoure wants out of Detroit, and right now. Leshoure has been unhappy in Detroit this season, and after the acquisition of Reggie Bush, wanted a trade.  He’s played in three games this season while Reggie Bush, Joique Bell and Theo Riddick have handled the rushing duties for the Lions over the course of the season. Leshoure told the Detroit Free Press that he doesn’t...
Via BlackSportsOnline
December 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Lions' Theo Riddick finds a role on special teams

Theo Riddick didn't play on special teams at Notre Dame. He was too valuable to the franchise there. But the fact that he's playing — and excelling — on special teams with the Lions shouldn't be taken as a sign of depreciation. "I'm just a small fish in a big pond right now" Riddick said. "I am just trying to do whatever I can to try and make this...
Via Pro Sports Daily
October 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Detroit Lions’ Theo Riddick waits for his chance

Detroit Lions’ head coach Jim Schwartz tends to play things close to the vest when he speaks to reporters, and he was doing it again in regard to WR Patrick Edwards’ ankle injury.  No matter how hard he was pressed, he refused to make any kind of commitment where the use of WR Ryan Broyles in place of Edwards might be concerned. The dilemma is a simple one:  Broyles is coming...
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September 21, 2013  |  Discuss

NFL Transactions: Wednesday 5/8

Bengals Bengals signed seventh-round pick C T.J. Johnson to a four-year contract. Colts Colts signed seventh-round pick TE Justice Cunningham to a four-year contract.  Lions Lions signed sixth-round pick WR Corey Fuller to a four-year contract. Lions signed sixth-round pick RB Theo Riddick to a four-year contract. Lions signed seventh-round pick LB Brandon Hepburn to...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
May 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Theo Riddick: Reggie Bush Lite?

Martin Mayhew and his staff are apparently sly like foxes.  When they managed to lure Reggie Bush to Detroit, they must have already known about the durability issues that have hovered around the running back his entire career.  But talent on his level tends to offset such concerns, at least in the short term.   But the worries must never leave the back of one’s mind, and when...
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May 05, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 NFL Draft Team Grades: Detroit Lions

First Round: Ziggy Ansah, DE, BYU With the three big tackles off the board, the Lions pretty much had no choice but to go pass rusher here. Ansah certainly has some bust potential, but he also has crazy athleticism and could be JPP 2.0, according to many scouts. If they can get the most out of him, he will be a big difference maker on the defensive side of the ball for Detroit...
Via Heff's Sports Blog
April 29, 2013  |  Discuss
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