With the Detroit Lions releasing Theo Riddick, this certainly would have been an intriguing option for the Los Angeles Rams a few months ago.
Since there is some uncertainty at running back for the Los Angeles Rams due to Todd Gurley‘s knee, it will be interesting to see what kind of new approach Sean McVay takes on offense during the 2019 season.
As much the Rams would love to continue giving Gurley a heavy workload like previous years, the NFC Championship and Super Bowl from this past winter made it clear this approach may be impossible for Los Angeles moving forward.
On a positive note, the good news for the Rams is despite some of the concerns surrounding Gurley, the team is at least in solid shape with other running backs to use such as Malcolm Brown and Darrell Henderson.
While Brown has been considered a favorite of McVay’s over the last two years, Los Angeles hopes the addition of Henderson brings a new dynamic to the backfield after looking at his accomplishments at Memphis.
However, when hearing the recent news coming from the Detroit Lions in regards to the release of Theo Riddick, it’s tough not to wonder how great of an option this could have been for the Rams a few months ago.
As Rams fans remember, Los Angeles actually matched Detroit’s offer for Brown back in March, but if Los Angeles knew back then Riddick would have become available, the argument can be made that he would have been the better option.
Even if some critics will make the claim that Brown would be the better option since Riddick is more of a receiver, having this kind of option to work with once in a while seems like it could have worked wonders for Jared Goff under center.
Riddick’s career numbers alone from the previous six seasons (only 1,023 rushing yards compared to 2,238 receiving yards) shows how he’s been used more as a receiver, but if he helps get the job done, this is all that really matters.
Unfortunately due to the timing of the move by the Lions, it’s highly unlikely that Los Angeles would even consider Riddick at this point with training camp getting underway since it’s one of those situations that appears to be too little, too late.
So instead of wondering whether this move could ever happen, all Rams fans can really do is wonder what could have been with Riddick.