We take a look at three ‘off the radar’ players who could make a difference in their week 5 match ups.
[feature_headline type=”left” level=”h2″ looks_like=”h4″]Theo Riddick – Running Back – Detroit Lions[/feature_headline]
Detroit Lions @ Buffalo Bills – Sunday 18:00
You may remember Theo Riddick from his explosive performance for Notre Dame against Navy in the Aviva in 2012 when he put up 107 yards and two touchdowns. Well he may get an opportunity to shine this weekend when the Detroit Lions visit Buffalo on Sunday. The Lions have Joique Bell questionable with a concussion and Montel Owens was put on injured reserve due to a hamstring injury, leaving only Reggie Bush as their fully healthy back. While Riddick is dealing with a hamstring injury he picked up last week against the Jets, he expects to be able to go on Sunday and he may not get a better opportunity to get some significant carries. Riddick had only nine carries in 2013 averaging only 2.8 yards per carry but grabbed a touchdown in week 16 against the Giants, already this year he has had six carries for 3.7 yards per carry. While Riddick isn’t the fastest or the biggest, he’s a powerful runner with great hands and should slot straight into the role Bell has played for the Lions.
[feature_headline type=”left” level=”h2″ looks_like=”h4″]Ka’Deem Carey – Running Back – Chicago Bears[/feature_headline]
Chicago Bears @ Carolina Panthers – Sunday 18:00 – Sky Sports 2
Coming into week four Ka’Deem Carey had two carries in the NFL, one was for four yards against Buffalo and the other was for no gain against the Jets. In week four Carey burst on to the scene in Chicago with 14 carries for 72 yards. Carey managed 5.1 yards per carry against a soft Green Bay run defense but Matt Forte only managed 0.2 yards per carry better. Carey was selected in the fourth round of the 2014 draft out of Arizona where he had 716 carries for 4,070 yards and 46 touchdowns in his three years. He also has good hands (476 yards and two touchdowns on 77 receptions) and is great in pass protection. Carey is a physical and powerful back, coming in at 5’9″ and 207 lb, he can barrel through defenders but also has quick feet, good vision, and just enough speed to make him dangerous in the open field. Carey will be an effective backup to Forte and the Bears hope he can be their primary back in a few years.
[blockquote cite=”Arizona running backs coach Calvin Magee” type=”center”]First of all, he runs with a passion. He runs hungry. He runs like he’s angry. He don’t like being tackled. He’s a studier of the game. He understands angles, and he uses that. His preparation is just top notch.[/blockquote]
[feature_headline type=”left” level=”h2″ looks_like=”h4″]Davante Adams – Wide Receiver – Green Bay Packers[/feature_headline]
Minnesota Vikings @ Green Bay Packers – Friday 01:25 – Sky Sports 2
Davante Adams should have had his first NFL touchdown last week against Chicago but it was called back due to a holding call but he shouldn’t have to wait long with the high octane, pass happy Packers offense. Adams came into the season as the WR4 for the Packers but it already looks like he’s overtaken Jarrett Boykin in the depth chart. The 6’01”, 215 lb wide receiver was taken in the second round at the 53rd overall in the 2013 draft. In two years at Fresno State Adams linked up with now Raider’s quarterback Derek Carr to put up 2,957 yards and 37 touchdowns, he has already drawn comparisons to ex-Packer James Jones. So far this season Adams has nine receptions for 79 yards and he’s been on the field for nearly 70% of Green Bay’s offensive snaps. Adams is also similar to Randall Cobb as both posses great catch and run ability and elusiveness.