Elijah McGuire

Elijah McGuire

Running Back #25
Team: Kansas City Chiefs
Ht / Wt:5'9" / 212 lb.
College:Louisiana-Lafayette
Age:26
Born:June 1, 1994
Drafted:2017 / Rd. 6 (188)
Draft Team:NYJ

Elijah McGuire: Signing with practice squad

McGuire will sign with the Chiefs' practice squad Tuesday, Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star reports.

Analysis: The Chiefs are making the move after rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire suffered a high-ankle sprain and a strained hip in last week's win over the Saints. McGuire will add organizational depth in the backfield behind Le'Veon Bell, Darrel Williams and Darwin Thompson (illness). The fourth-year tailback hasn't suited up since 2018 when he rushed 92 times for 276 yards and three touchdowns and caught 19 receptions for 193 yards and a score.

December 22, 2020 12:43 PM EST

Elijah McGuire: Getting look from KC

McGuire will head to Kansas City for a visit with the Chiefs, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: With the team concerned starting back Clyde Edwards-Helaire suffered a high-ankle sprain and a strained hip during Sunday's win over New Orleans, contingency plans must be formed at the position. McGuire offers experience with 592 rushing yards over 180 career carries for the Jets, but he hasn't played in a game in two years. Another former Jet, two-time All-Pro Le'Veon Bell, joined the team in October after being cut by New York, and his Week 15 outing of 76 scrimmage yards and a touchdown was possibly his strongest yet as a Chief.

December 21, 2020 3:06 PM EST

Elijah McGuire: Demoted, then cut by Miami

McGuire reverted to the Dolphins practice squad Monday and was later cut, per the NFL's official transaction log.

Analysis: McGuire got the call to suit up for Miami's Week 14 home test against the defending-champion Chiefs, though he ultimately did not see any action during the contest. Having made stops in Kansas City, Dallas and Miami within the past calendar year, the 26-year-old remains without an NFL appearance since his time with the Jets in 2018.

December 14, 2020 4:59 PM EST

Elijah McGuire: Rises to active roster

McGuire was promoted to the Dolphins' active roster Saturday.

Analysis: Both Myles Gaskin and Matt Breida have been placed on the COVID-19 list, while Salvon Ahmed (shoulder) has been ruled out of Sunday's game versus the Chiefs. As a result, McGuire could get an immediate opportunity after signing with the practice squad just a few days ago. DeAndre Washington and Patrick Laird still figure to handle a bulk of the work. McGuire last played in 2018 when he suited up for the Jets and posted 276 yards and three touchdowns on 92 carries (3.0 yards per carry) and 193 yards and a score on 19 receptions.

December 12, 2020 1:07 PM EST

Elijah McGuire: Headed to Miami

McGuire inked a contract with the Dolphins' practice squad Wednesday, Joe Schad of The Palm Beach Post reports.

Analysis: McGuire last suited up with the Cowboys' practice squad this campaign, but he found a new home to attempt to break back into the league. The 26-year-old spent two seasons with the Jets in 2017 and 2018, rushing for 591 yards and four touchdowns on 180 rushing attempts over that span.

December 9, 2020 6:00 PM EST

Elijah McGuire: Cut from Dallas' practice squad

McGuire was cut from the Cowboys' practice squad Tuesday, per the NFL's media transaction page.

Analysis: McGuire has bounced around a few teams' practice squads over the past two seasons after spending two seasons with the Jets to open his career. He averaged just 3.3 yards per carry over 24 games with New York, and McGuire will hope to get scooped up to the practice squad of another team looking to bolster its running back depth.

October 28, 2020 1:08 PM EST

Elijah McGuire: Heads to Cowboys' practice squad

The Cowboys signed McGuire to the practice squad Sunday, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The Chiefs released McGuire on Saturday, and the 26-year-old running back will look to add depth in Dallas. The Cowboys are carrying just three running backs - Ezekiel Elliott, Tony Pollard and Rico Dowdle -- to begin the year, and if any of them are injured, McGuire will likely be promoted to the active roster since he has versatility as a pass-catcher.

September 7, 2020 8:23 AM EST

Elijah McGuire: Signs reserve/future contract

McGuire signed a reserve/future contract with the Chiefs on Tuesday, according to the NFL's official transaction report.

Analysis: The running back initially signed to the Chiefs' practice squad back in November and he'll now get a chance to develop in the Chiefs system this offseason. Both LeSean McCoy and Spencer Ware are slated to become free agents this offseason which could give McGuire added reps this spring.

February 4, 2020 7:43 PM EST

Elijah McGuire: Inks practice-squad deal

McGuire signed with the Chiefs' practice squad Tuesday, freelance NFL writer Howard Balzer reports.

Analysis: Damien Williams (ribs) and LeSean McCoy (undisclosed) were injured during Week 11's win over the Chargers, so the Chiefs are bringing in additional depth in case one or both are unable to play Sunday against the Raiders. McGuire last played in 2018 for the Jets, and he struggled on the ground with 2.7 YPC over the last four weeks but punched in three touchdowns. The 25-year-old has pass-catching upside, though, as he recorded 11 receptions for 126 yards and a score over that stretch.

November 26, 2019 11:22 AM EST

Elijah McGuire: Joins Browns' practice squad

McGuire has been added to the Browns' practice squad.

Analysis: McGuire, a 2017 sixth-rounder, racked up 180 carries for 591 yards and four TDs, to go along with 36 catches for 370 yards and two receiving scores for the Jets in 24 games over the course of the 2017 and 2018 campaigns. He therefore gives the Browns a depth option at running back with some recent NFL experience under his belt.

September 21, 2019 8:24 AM EST

Elijah McGuire: Waived by Cleveland

The Browns waived McGuire on Thursday, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Analysis: McGuire signed with the Browns on Monday, but he ultimately failed to secure tenure with the team. The 2017 sixth-round pick will look to carve out a depth role elsewhere in the league.

September 19, 2019 2:07 PM EST

Elijah McGuire: Signs with Browns

The Browns signed McGuire on Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: With Dontrell Hilliard (concussion) unavailable, the Browns are adding a third running back behind Nick Chubb and D'Ernest Johnson. It's an interesting opportunity for McGuire, with Cleveland scheduled to face his former team, the Jets, on Monday Night Football. It isn't clear whether or not McGuire will be active for the contest, but he probably won't have much of a role even if he is.

September 16, 2019 6:20 AM EST

Elijah McGuire: Heads to Cleveland's practice squad

McGuire signed with the Browns' practice squad on Monday, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Analysis: McGuire ended up as the odd man out in the backfield for the Jets and let go Friday. The 25-year-old played in 24 games with the Jets over his first two seasons, rushing for 591 yards and three touchdowns with an unimpressive 3.3 YPC. He also added 36 catches for 370 yards and two touchdowns.

September 2, 2019 12:25 PM EST

Elijah McGuire: Cut loose by Jets

The Jets cut McGuire on Friday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The Jets only have one or two spots for running backs behind roster locks Le'Veon Bell and Ty Montgomery. Given his preseason averages of 2.6 yards per carry and 6.8 per reception, McGuire became a long shot to beat out Bilal Powell or Trenton Cannon. The 2017 sixth-round pick has shown decent ability as a pass catcher out of the backfield, but a career mark of 3.3 YPC could scare other teams away.

August 30, 2019 11:51 AM EST

Elijah McGuire: No running room in preseason finale

McGuire rushed 14 times for 29 yards and caught all five of his targets for 35 yards in Thursday's 6-0 preseason win over the Eagles.

Analysis: While McGuire showcased decent receiving ability out of the backfield this preseason, his inability to get going on the ground could keep him off the roster considering the Jets' other running backs don't lack pass-catching skills. The 25-year-old Louisiana Lafayette product is in serious danger of getting cut before Week 1.

August 29, 2019 7:48 PM EST

Elijah McGuire: Doesn't strengthen roster case

McGuire rushed five times for 21 yards and caught his lone target for five yards in Saturday's 28-13 preseason loss to the Saints.

Analysis: McGuire remains on the roster bubble, and New York's preseason usage of its running backs has made it clear that Ty Montgomery is the top backup to Le'Veon Bell. While most impact players will sit out the preseason finale, it wouldn't be surprising to see McGuire out there making his case for a roster spot.

August 25, 2019 11:41 AM EST

Elijah McGuire: Still buried on depth chart

McGuire rushed five times for 14 yards and caught one of two targets for 10 yards in Thursday's 22-10 win over Atlanta in Week 2 of preseason.

Analysis: McGuire failed to repeat his strong pass-catching performance from the previous week while once again struggling on the ground. Ty Montgomery and Bilal Powell both mixed in before McGuire while Le'Veon Bell sat out. The trio of veterans ahead of McGuire on the depth chart are all well-rounded running backs who won't cede their roles without a major push from the Louisiana Lafayette product over the two remaining preseason contests.

August 16, 2019 8:20 AM EST

Elijah McGuire: Catches TD in preseason opener

McGuire rushed six times for 13 yards and caught six of seven targets for 38 yards in Thursday's preseason opener against the Giants.

Analysis: McGuire couldn't get much going on the ground but salvaged his day with a nice pass-catching performance, which included a seven-yard receiving score in the second quarter. Top dog Le'Veon Bell sat this one out, as did veteran Bilal Powell, while Ty Montgomery got the start over McGuire. There's a good chance McGuire is competing for a roster spot with Trenton Cannon, who can also contribute as a gunner and kick returner on special teams, so the 25-year-old running back will need to turn things up moving forward if he wants to avoid the chopping block.

August 9, 2019 8:16 AM EST

Elijah McGuire: Could be caught in roster crunch

McGuire will have to earn a roster spot in camp, Matt Stypulkoski of NJ.com reports.

Analysis: Stypulkoski's prediction for the roster has McGuire on the outside looking in, but the 25-year-old running back still has plenty of time to change that outlook during training camp and preseason. The Jets are unlikely to carry five running backs when the season starts, meaning one of Bilal Powell, Ty Montgomery, Trenton Cannon or McGuire will likely be on the chopping block with new starter Le'Veon Bell assured a spot on the roster. Montgomery can also play wide receiver while Cannon could morph into an ace on special teams, while McGuire doesn't bring the versatility often required of players on the roster bubble.

June 17, 2019 11:05 AM EST

Elijah McGuire: Bumped down to third string

McGuire will likely work as the Jets' No. 3 running back this season in the wake of the team signing Ty Montgomery to back up Le'Veon Bell, Andy Vasquez of USA Today reports.

Analysis: Vasquez notes that coach Adam Gase has made it clear that he will try not to overwork Bell, so there should be some touches available for Montgomery and McGuire. Montgomery, who's an accomplished pass-catcher, is expected to bump McGuire down to third on the depth chart, so New York's 2017 sixth-rounder will need to show serious improvement to earn a meaningful role barring an injury to one of the veterans ahead of him.

April 11, 2019 7:28 PM EST

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