J.D. McKissic

Washington Redskins
Running Back #21
Washington Redskins
Running Back #21

J.D. McKissic News

Done for year

McKissic (neck) was placed on injured reserve Saturday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Rapoport stated McKissic would not play the rest of the season as the veteran's neck injury will require a multi-month rehab process. McKissic will end his year with just 22 receptions and 173 receiving yards, both figures representing career lows in when he's played at least six games. The one-two tandem of Brian Robinson and Antonio Gibson has mitigated the loss in terms of the Commanders offense, but it leaves the backfield depth in a vulnerable state.

Nov 19, 2022 7:46 AM EST

Out again

McKissic (neck) has been ruled out for Sunday's game in Houston, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: With McKissic missing a third straight game, Brian Robinson and Antonio Gibson are the healthy running backs. Jonathan Williams (knee) is listed as questionable, but even if he plays he hasn't been getting snaps in competitive situations. McKissic hasn't practiced or played since Week 8.

Nov 18, 2022 9:47 AM EST

Not present for practice

McKissic (neck) wasn't spotted at practice Thursday and is set to be listed as a non-participant for the second day in a row, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.

Analysis: McKissic hasn't taken any reps at practice since emerging from the Commanders' Week 8 win over the Colts with the neck issue. He looks to be facing long odds to be ready to play Sunday in Houston, so if McKissic is sidelined for a third consecutive game, the Commanders would likely turn to Antonio Gibson to handle more passing-down work behind lead runner Brian Robinson.

Nov 17, 2022 9:15 AM EST

Remains sidelined at practice

McKissic (neck) was a non-participant at Wednesday's walkthrough practice.

Analysis: Since a five-touch showing on 36 percent of the snaps Week 8 at Indianapolis, McKissic hasn't mixed into any drills while missing back-to-back games. He may be trending toward a third absence in a row, and as long as McKissic is sidelined, Antonio Gibson and rookie Brian Robinson will continue to lead Washington's backfield.

Nov 16, 2022 3:15 PM EST

Out for Monday

McKissic (neck) will not play Monday against the Eagles, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.

Analysis: This marks McKissic's second straight absence as the Commanders continue to be cautious with the pass-catching specialist. Antonio Gibson once again figures to be a prominent member of the passing attack after logging his largest snap share (58 percent) since Week 1 in the close loss to the Vikings last week.

Nov 12, 2022 9:35 AM EST

Not at practice

McKissic (neck) didn't practice Friday, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Coach Ron Rivera said last week that the Commanders would be cautious with McKissic's neck injury. He hasn't been placed on injured reserve, or even officially ruled out for Monday's game against the Eagles, but does appear likely to miss a second straight game. His absence from last week's loss to the Vikings freed up more playing time for Antonio Gibson, whose 58 percent snap share was his largest since Week 1 (back when Brian Robinson was on the NFI list). Gibson managed only 47 yards on 13 touches but had enjoyed a nice stretch of performances in his limited role before that.

Nov 11, 2022 12:03 PM EST

Sits out another practice

McKissic (neck) isn't participating in Friday's practice, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Since picking up the neck injury coming out of the Commanders' Week 8 win over the Colts, McKissic hasn't practiced in any fashion and has missed one game. The Commanders don't seem to have much confidence McKissic will be ready to go for their Monday night matchup with the Eagles, as offensive coordinator Scott Turner told Matthew Paras of The Washington Times on Friday that Antonio Gibson is preparing to handle McKissic's usual role as the pass-catching specialist in the Washington backfield. Before the Commanders formally rule McKissic out for the second game in a row, the team will see if the 29-year-old is able to do anything Saturday during the final practice session of the week.

Nov 11, 2022 10:57 AM EST

No practice reps Thursday

McKissic (neck) didn't practice Thursday.

Analysis: After the Commanders ruled out McKissic for a Week 9 matchup with the Vikings, coach Ron Rivera said the running back was slated to visit a specialist, but new news hasn't emerged regarding the state of his neck injury. Rivera also noted the team would be cautious with McKissic, so his status bears watching in the coming days to get a sense of his availability, or lack thereof, in Week 10. If McKissic again is absent Monday in Philadelphia, Antonio Gibson and rookie Brian Robinson would split Washington's backfield reps.

Nov 10, 2022 2:13 PM EST

Ruled out, visiting specialist

McKissic (neck) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against Minnesota, with coach Ron Rivera noting Friday that the running back will see a specialist and the team will approach his injury with caution, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.

Analysis: Antonio Gibson has already taken some of the passing-down snaps that once went to McKissic, and the 2020 third-round pick now figures to get even more of that work, at least temporarily. It's possible that benefits Brian Robinson a bit if Gibson plays fewer snaps on early/running downs, while Jonathan Williams is on hand for depth if the Commanders want to use a third running back some. It sounds like McKissic is in danger of missing multiple games.

Nov 4, 2022 9:58 AM EST

Still not practicing

McKissic (neck) didn't practice Thursday, Ben Standig of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Opening Week 9 prep with back-to-back absences doesn't put McKissic in a great spot as the Commanders gear up for Sunday's game against the Vikings. Friday's practice report may provide clarity for his availability this weekend, and if he's limited or out Antonio Gibson likely would be the primary beneficiary o McKissic's usual pass-catching role.

Nov 3, 2022 10:46 AM EST

Dealing with neck injury

McKissic was held out of Wednesday's practice with a neck injury, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: McKissic has been part of a three-man committee since Brian Robinson debuted, mostly getting playing time in obvious passing situations. An absence for Sunday's game against Minnesota would help the outlook for Antonio Gibson, who has caught three or more passes in five straight games despite sharing work with McKissic (and Robinson).

Nov 2, 2022 11:31 AM EST

Targeted five times

McKissic took two carries for six yards and caught three of five targets for 14 yards in Sunday's 17-16 win over the Colts.

Analysis: McKissic played 36 percent of snaps, his most since Week 5, with four of his seven targets/carries coming in the fourth quarter with Washington playing from behind. The Commanders ended up winning a third straight game, but they could face more situations that call for McKissic over the next couple games against the Vikings (Week 9) and Eagles (Week 10). He's averaging only 19.3 snaps and 20.3 total yards per game since Brian Robinson made his season debut Week 5, which in turn gave Antonio Gibson more of the pass snaps that used to be McKissic's.

Oct 31, 2022 6:25 AM EST

Plays only 12 snaps

McKissic played 12 snaps on offense in Sunday's 23-21 win over Green Bay, taking one carry for four yards and finishing without a catch on two targets.

Analysis: Meanwhile, RBs Brian Robinson and Antonio Gibson combined for 30 carries and six targets, with WR Curtis Samuel adding five carries for 24 yards. This was the fourth straight week in which McKissic's snap share fell from the previous game, this time all the way down to 16 percent. He should see more work when the Commanders fall behind by multiple scores, but there's not much upside with Gibson now getting many of the snaps that previously went to McKissic (while Robinson handles many of the snaps that Gibson used to play). Next up is a Week 8 matchup at Indianapolis.

Oct 24, 2022 11:20 AM EST

Limited to two touches Thursday

McKissic rushed twice for 20 yards and failed to bring in any of his three targets in the Commanders' 12-7 win over the Bears on Thursday night.

Analysis: McKissic saw an even more modest role than normal with Brian Robinson taking over lead-back duties and Antonio Gibson checking in as his clear backup for early downs. The veteran pass-catching back hadn't logged any fewer than Week 5's five touches until Thursday, but he may now be mired in a more modest role with the exception of games in which the Commanders are facing a large second-half deficit and his pass-catching prowess is therefore needed.

Oct 13, 2022 9:04 PM EST

Catches five passes in loss

McKissic caught five of seven targets for 37 yards in Sunday's 21-17 loss to the Titans.

Analysis: McKissic failed to record a single rushing attempt in the contest, but his seven targets were the second most on the team. Fellow running back Brian Robinson made his debut Sunday, leading the team in carries with nine rushes on the day. While Robinson was not used in the passing game, Antonio Gibson saw four targets go his way in the contest. As the pass-catching back, McKissic is not likely to see his usage impacted by Robinson in a significant way. However, it is important to keep an eye on how the Commanders use Gibson going forward. It's possible that Washington could try to use him more as a pass catcher, as he saw more targets (4) than rushing attempts (3). McKissic will look to maintain his familiar role when the Commanders visit the Bears in Week 6.

Oct 12, 2022 3:05 AM EST

Competition in the fold?

Teammate Brian Robinson (leg) was activated off the non-football injury list Saturday and is expected to operate in a backfield committee with McKissic on Sunday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: On the surface Robinson's availability likely doesn't matter much to McKissic's usage as the pass-catching back has thrived over recent weeks to the tune of 19 receptions. However, it's possible the rookie could completely take over the between-the-tackles carries which would in turn bump Antonio Gibson out of the aforementioned role. The Commanders have teased using the converted receiver as more of a pass catcher in their offense over the years, most recently targeting Gibson eight times in Week 1 resulting in seven receptions for 72 yards. While McKissic's role has seemingly never been threatened during his tenure with Washington, it's also true that Gibson has previously always had a place as a ballcarrier. Fantasy managers should stay tuned to how the backfield plays out with Robinson now on the active roster.

Oct 8, 2022 7:44 AM EST

Secures 11 touches

McKissic ran for 40 yards on eight carries and caught three passes for 16 yards on four targets against Dallas on Sunday.

Analysis: McKissic's rushing total was propelled by a 33-yard carry -- his first carry to go over 17 yards in his Washington career, and thus a clear fluke -- and he had just seven yards on his other seven carries. McKissic's usage doesn't appear up for negotiation in the Washington offense despite the emptiness of the production, so he should keep seeing usage like this regardless of the effect.

Oct 2, 2022 1:53 PM EST

Ineffective on checkdown targets

McKissic ran for eight yards on three carries and caught six passes for 32 yards on nine targets against Philadelphia on Sunday.

Analysis: Washington has seemingly prioritized McKissic's pass-catching usage the last two weeks, funneling 16 targets his way and yielding 13 receptions for 86 yards. The surge in checkdown targets has coincided with Washington losing their last two games, but the targets should keep coming as long as offensive coordinator Scott Turner continues to prioritize the usage.

Sep 25, 2022 2:40 PM EST

Catches seven passes

McKissic took three carries for nine yards and caught each of his seven targets for 54 yards in Sunday's 36-27 loss to the Lions.

Analysis: McKissic played 46 percent of Washington's offensive snaps, up a tick from Week 1 (40 percent) when he got only three carries and three targets. He had a decent PPR showing Sunday, but McKissic actually has two fewer targets than Antonio Gibson so far this season, with his 10 accounting for only 11.8 percent of the team total. McKissic should be good for around 5-10 touches in a Week 3 home game against the Eagles.

Sep 19, 2022 8:11 AM EST

Draws three targets Week 1

McKissic carried the ball three times for eight yards and secured all three of his targets for 20 yards during Sunday's Sunday's 28-22 win over Jacksonville.

Analysis: McKissic saw just three targets compared to Antonio Gibson's eight (a career-high). The veteran re-signed with Washington this offseason after having drawn interest from the Bills, but it now appears that the team could be making a more concerted effort to get Gibson involved as a receiver. McKissic averaged 6.9 targets per game in 2020 and 4.8 in 2021, but if Gibson eats into his volume this year, fantasy relevance may prove difficult to achieve.

Sep 14, 2022 7:28 AM EST

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