3 Most Likely Landing Spots for Theo Riddick After Being Cut by the Detroit Lions

Dan Israeli
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The Detroit Lions surprisingly cut veteran running back Theo Riddick, making the 28-year-old receiving specialist a free agent just days into NFL training camp.

As one of the best pass-catching backs in football, Riddick should find a role on a team in need of some depth at the RB position. His departure from Detroit also spells good news for Kerryon Johnson, who many are predicting will have a breakout season as an every-down back in the Lions' offense.

With Riddick already scheduled to visit one NFC team, here are three of the most likely destinations for the free-agent running back.

3. New York Giants

The New York Giants already have a running back capable of catching passes in Saquon Barkley (91 receptions as a rookie), but the issue is that they don't have much else. After a devastating past few days for their receiving corps, which saw Golden Tate get slapped with a four-game suspension, Sterling Shepard break his thumb and Corey Coleman go down for the season (torn ACL), the Giants may be desperate to add another pass-catching option to their offense. They'd be wise to consider Riddick, as he could take some of the burden off Barkley as he enters his second NFL season.

2. Houston Texans

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There has been a lot of clamoring in the Houston Texans' Twitterverse about pursuing Riddick, as the team doesn't currently possess a true third-down back. Lamar Miller is coming off his best year as a Texan, but was still limited to 25 receptions for 163 receiving yards. Adding Riddick would give the team a great passing-down threat and another option for Deshaun Watson. The Texans will need every weapon at their disposal as they compete in a highly contested AFC South this season, and Riddick could be a piece that helps push them over the top.

1. New Orleans Saints

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The New Orleans Saints currently have the inside track on Riddick, as they are the first team he's scheduled to visit for a workout. While the Saints do have one of the best all-around backs in the league in Alvin Kamara, and a suitable backup in Latavius Murray, Drew Brees is known to spread it around as much as any quarterback in the NFL. As a result, a versatile, pass-catching back like Riddick seemingly makes a lot of sense for the Saints. His role would likely be limited, but if winning is a priority for veteran back, he could easily fill the role Darren Sproles once did in New Orleans.

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