The Facts: Despite not producing on the ground, Riddick was a matchup nightmare for defenses last year, continually burning linebackers. However, as every NFL defensive player will note, when the back was in the contest, it was a dead giveaway the play would likely be a pass. OC Jim Bob Cooter would like to change that telegraph to a curveball a bit more in 2016. "Yeah, I believe he will," Cooter said when asked if Riddick would tote the rock more this season. "We're still kind of ironing that out and getting all our reps out here and kind of letting it shake out how it shakes out. But I think Theo can be a really successful runner."
Diehards Line: Riddick led the NFL with 80 receptions out of the backfield in 2015, earning 697 yards receiving, averaging 8.7 yards per catch. A between-the-tackles runner the 25-year-old is not. Riddick carried a career-high 43 times for 133 yards, a paltry 3.1 yards per run (also a career-high) last season. As NFL.com notes, at 5-9, 200 pounds, Riddick gets swallowed up between the tackles. If Cooter plans to hand the ball off to the satellite back more this year, he'll have to design space and hope his run blocking improves drastically from last season. But with Ameer Abdullah returning from offseason shoulder surgery, Riddick could get additional looks as a runner in advance of the season. Also, with a hole at receiver behind Golden Tate and Marvin Jones, Riddick should see time in the slot as well this season.