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Detroit Lions cut RB Theo Riddick

By Alex Butler
Detroit Lions cut RB Theo Riddick
Theo Roddick (L) was known as one of the best pass-catching running backs in the NFL during his tenure with the Detroit Lions. File Photo by Art Foxall/UPI | License Photo

July 27 (UPI) -- The Detroit Lions have released veteran running back Theo Riddick.

Detroit announced the move Saturday. Riddick, 28, had played with the Lions since being selected in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft. The Notre Dame product had 171 yards on 40 carries last season, but was primarily known as a pass-catching specialists during his tenure in Detroit.

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Riddick had 61 catches for 384 yards on 14 games last season. He started three games in 2018. The 5-foot-9, 201-pound running back had a career-high 357 rushing yards and a score in 2016. He had a career-high 80 catches for 697 yards in 2015.

His release corresponded with the Lions' signing of free agent defensive tackle Mike Daniels. Riddick's release clears about $3.6 million in salary cap space for the Lions.

Detroit has five running backs rostered at training camp, including Kerryon Johnson, C.J. Anderson, Ty Johnson, Zach Zenner and Mark Thompson.

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