It is the summer of Darren Sproles comps.
First, it was put on Brandin Cooks.
A few days later, it happened to Lance Dunbar.
And now, Lions running back Theo Riddick. It came Monday courtesy of Lions backup quarterback Dan Orlovsky on the Ross Tucker Football Podcast.
"I'm telling you, if [Riddick] doesn't 50 catches this year, I'll be surprised because he's going to have opportunities and he's very talented at it," Orlovsky said via Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press. "I think he's going to play that Sproles role, for sure.
"I mean this kid, he wasn't covered a single time in OTAs and minicamp. He was not covered," Orlovsky said. "And I think it's even going to be easier when he gets pads on because once linebackers just try to start colliding him, and that's what teams started to do with Sproles sometimes, you hit the home run one out of every 10 plays. And then nine out of 10 times, Sproles wins. And that's what I think Theo's going to do that for us."
Riddick touched the ball 13 times in 14 games for 51 yards from scrimmage last year as a rookie.
It works in Riddick's favor that Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi used to coach in New Orleans, is familiar with players similar to Sproles, and will definitely use multiple backs in Detroit. But the Lions already have Reggie Bush and Joique Bell , both of whom are signed through 2016. Plus, I'm not convinced that the Lions are going to just give up on Mikel Leshoure . Do I even have to add the talented players who are getting paid to catch the ball on this team?
Riddick will see more playing time than the 49 snaps he earned in 2013. That doesn't mean you should be scrambling to draft him. Sure, the second-year RB has some level of dynasty value because he is young, multi-faceted and in a productive offense. It's just unlikely that he stands out among this throng of players.