Since being drafted out of Notre Dame in 2013, Theo Riddick has earned a reputation with the Detroit Lions as one of the top dual-threats in the league and one of the most elusive running backs in the NFL. Sunday, Riddick added another highlight to his resume, scoring from eight yards out as the Lions ran down the Cleveland Browns 38-24.
Riddick talked about his mindset on The Jim Rome Show on CBS Sports Radio, and how he takes pride in his moves after getting the ball.
“I try to break some ankles,” Riddick laughed. “I go out there with that purpose. I want to embarrass every opponent, and every defender. And vice versus they want to head-up as hard as they can, and try to slow us down. So it’s a great game we play, week in and week out, and I’m just happy I have the ability to do so.”
The Lions overcame yet another lackluster first half, putting together a strong final 30 minute to make sure the Browns stayed winless. They also added to their reputation as one of the toughest teams in the NFL to put away.
“We have a lot of poise. And we are very confident as a unit,” Riddick said. “It was a slow start here and there. We played a really good defense and my hat goes off to them. But overall, we kind of just weathered the storm.”
A former sixth-round pick, Riddick’s spent five season establishing a connection with quarterback Matthew Stafford. While they haven’t always been on the same page, the duo now is one of the most productive running back-quarterback tandems in the NFL. Riddick credited that productivity to a lot of work on the practice field and in the film room.
“Watching film study, they usually tend to run the will linebacker out of there, and he actually ran to cover our number three receiver,” Reddick said. “And once that kind of happened, we ran an angle route in the soft part of the zone, and Matt found it.”