J.D. McKissic

Washington Redskins
Running Back #21
Washington Redskins
Running Back #21
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J.D. McKissic News

Limited at practice

McKissic (ankle) remained limited Friday at practice, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.

Analysis: The same goes for fellow RB Antonio Gibson, though in his case the LP tags have been the norm for a while now as he continues to play through a stress fracture. McKissic, on the other hand has mostly been healthy this season, and his ability to practice Thursday and Friday -- even on a limited basis -- suggests he has a good chance to play Monday night against the Seahawks.

Nov 26, 2021 11:06 AM EST

Dealing with ankle issue

McKissic (ankle) is listed as limited on Thursday's practice report.

Analysis: As was Antonio Gibson, who continues to have practice limitations due to a stress fracture in his shin. Gibson hasn't missed any game action due to the injury this season, which has relegated McKissic to a secondary role out of Washington's backfield. Behind Gibson's 17.3 touches per game, McKissic has averaged 7.9 touches for 55.3 total yards per game while scoring two TDs in 10 appearances.

Nov 25, 2021 2:12 PM EST

Gets eight touches

McKissic rushed seven times for 46 yards and caught one of two targets for four yards in Sunday's 27-21 win over the Panthers.

Analysis: McKissic ripped off a long run of 15 yards, fueling an overall efficient day on the ground. In fact, McKissic's yardage total marked his highest of the season, helping compensate for his unusually low involvement through the air. Coming off Sunday's win, McKissic will now turn his attention toward Week 12's matchup versus the Seahawks.

Nov 21, 2021 2:03 PM EST

Garners 39 total yards in win

McKissic rushed two times for four yards and secured all four targets for 35 yards in Washington's 29-19 win over the Buccaneers on Sunday.

Analysis: Washington often finds itself in game scripts that result in McKissic seeing plenty of work in the passing game during the second half, but that surprisingly wasn't the case Sunday. With his team in the lead throughout, McKissic logged a modest amount of targets by his standards but still checked in second in receptions. The veteran back has at least Sunday's reception total in four straight games and is likely to remain similarly involved in a Week 11 road trip to Carolina to face the Panthers.

Nov 14, 2021 3:56 PM EST

Leading receiver in loss

McKissic carried the ball three times for 10 yards and caught all eight of his targets for 83 yards in Sunday's 17-10 loss to the Broncos.

Analysis: Washington split its backfield workload evenly between McKissic, Antonio Gibson and Jaret Patterson, but McKissic was by far the most effective option and led the club in catches and receiving yards. The 28-year-old heads into a Week 9 bye with 20 receptions on 24 targets for 182 yards over the last three games in addition to 77 rushing yards.

Oct 31, 2021 6:26 PM EST

Modest workload Sunday

McKissic ran for 22 yards on four carries while catching four receptions for 34 yards on six targets against Green Bay on Sunday.

Analysis: McKissic produced efficiently against the Packers defense, but some of his usage was likely poached by Taylor Heinicke, who ran for 95 yards on 10 carries. If a couple of those Heinicke carries turn to McKissic targets then the pass-catching specialist could have provided his fantasy point total with a sizeable boost. McKissic should remain steadily involved as Washington heads to Denver on Sunday, especially with starter Antonio Gibson seemingly still bothered by his shin issue.

Oct 24, 2021 2:58 PM EST

Tops 100 total yards

McKissic rushed the ball eight times for 45 yards in Sunday's 31-13 loss to Kansas City. He added eight receptions for 65 yards.

Analysis: McKissic saw a season-high eight rushing attempts, in part because Antonio Gibson was battling both shin and calf injuries. Even with increased activity on the ground, McKissic did the majority of his damage as a receiver serving as a checkdown option for Taylor Heinicke. McKissic topped 100 total yards for the first time this season, and has racked up multiple receptions in four of six contests. If Gibson is forced to miss additional time, McKissic would likely share the backfield with Jaret Patterson.

Oct 17, 2021 5:05 PM EST

Puts in full practice

McKissic (ankle) practiced fully Thursday, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.

Analysis: After a limited showing at Wednesday's session, McKissic was uninhibited one day later. At the same time, lead back Antonio Gibson (shin) followed up a DNP on Wednesday with limited work Thursday. Both running backs appear to be trending in the right direction for Sunday's game against the Saints, but Friday's injury report may provide a better picture of Washington's backfield situation upon its release. While McKissic had a quiet Week 1 -- one carry and no catches -- he's been more involved in the offense over the last three games, totaling 26 touches for 190 yards from scrimmage and two TDs.

Oct 7, 2021 11:05 AM EST

Limited by ankle injury

McKissic (ankle) was limited at Wednesday's practice, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Washington's skill positions are banged up at the moment, with two running backs and three wide receivers appearing on its Week 5 injury report, while tight end Logan Thomas (hamstring) landed on injured reserve Wednesday. McKissic himself may be healthier than starting RB Antonio Gibson (shin), who didn't practice to kick off the week. Gibson did the same last Thursday before suiting up Week 4 in Atlanta, but McKissic did see a season-high 12 touches for 59 yards from scrimmage and one TD this past Sunday. Assuming both backs are able to suit up Sunday against the Saints, McKissic likely can expect a snap share that hovers around 40 percent, while Gibson get upwards of 60 percent.

Oct 6, 2021 1:28 PM EST

Scores game-winning TD

McKissic took seven carries for 15 yards and caught each of his five targets for 44 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 33-30 win over Atlanta.

Analysis: Quiet for most of the game, McKissic made a late charge with Washington in comeback mode in the fourth quarter -- similar to his Week 2 outing against the Giants. He again saved his best for last, taking a check-down pass for a diving, 30-yard touchdown to give Washington the lead (and convert a 3rd-and-7) with 33 seconds remaining in Sunday's game. McKissic then came up short of the goal line on a two-point conversion attempt on the next snap, but Washington held on for a win to improve to 2-2 ahead of a Week 5 matchup with New Orleans. For all his late-game heroics, McKissic hasn't seen much involvement in the Washington offense this season apart from two-minute drills and hurry-up mode. He's played between 36 and 46 percent of snaps each week, averaging only 3.8 carries and 3.5 targets even after a busy Week 4.

Oct 4, 2021 6:31 AM EST

Held to 38 total yards

McKissic took three carries for 23 yards and caught both of his targets for 15 yards in Sunday's 43-21 loss to Buffalo.

Analysis: McKissic had a big Week 2, but his workload through three games is far from promising, with the satellite back averaging only 3.0 targets and 2.7 carries per game. Lead back Antonio Gibson has actually seen one more target (nine to eight), including a 73-yard TD catch in Sunday's loss. Next up for Gibson and McKissic is a Week 4 contest in Atlanta.

Sep 26, 2021 7:43 PM EST

Shines in dramatic win

McKissic caught five of six targets for 83 yards and took four carries for 10 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's 30-29 win over the Giants.

Analysis: It was a huge turnaround after the pass-catching back got just one carry and one target in the Week 1 loss to Los Angeles. It initially looked like more of the same Thursday night, but McKissic was steadily involved once he got his first touch midway through the second quarter. He even scored a two-yard TD on a 3rd-and-1 shortly before halftime, and his 56-yard catch in the fourth quarter set up a TD strike to TE Ricky Seals-Jones on the next play. Meanwhile, Antonio Gibson had 13 carries for 69 yards and two catches for four yards, dropping off from 23 touches the previous week. Even after the impressive performance, McKissic remains a risky fantasy play heading into Week 3 at Buffalo.

Sep 16, 2021 10:30 PM EST

Quiet in season debut

McKissic had one carry for eight yards and one incomplete target in Sunday's 2016 loss to the Chargers.

Analysis: McKissic played 36 percent of snaps on offense, mostly replacing Antonio Gibson in obvious passing situations. Pretty much everything worked against McKissic in this one, with QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (hip) exiting early and Washington ultimately attempting only 21 passes in a game where the opponent dominated possession. McKissic should see a few more touches Thursday night against the Giants, but it does seem the backfield split has shifted more toward Gibson (20 carries, five targets Sunday) in his second pro season.

Sep 13, 2021 6:46 AM EST

Could see more work sans Samuel

McKissic can help Washington deal with Curtis Samuel's absence while the wide receiver is on injured reserve with a groin injury, according to Ben Standig of The Athletic.

Analysis: It doesn't mean McKissic will return to his 2020 role, as Washington now has a slot specialist in the form of Adam Humphries, while perimeter wideouts Cam Sims and Dyami Brown figure to be the more direct replacements for Samuel in terms of snap count. However, McKissic can do some of the same things as Samuel on short passes and jet sweeps, albeit without the extra gear that his injured teammate has when healthy. It thus stands to reason that McKissic could get a few extra snaps and touches the next few weeks, in addition to his role spelling Antonio Gibson in the backfield on passing downs. Washington opens its season with a home game against the Chargers on Sunday, sporting a healthy roster apart from Samuel and a few third-stringers.

Sep 10, 2021 3:37 PM EST

Involved only as receiver

McKissic was targeted once and tallied one reception for four yards in Friday's preseason game against the Bengals.

Analysis: McKissic didn't see a rushing attempt, as both Antonio Gibson and Jaret Patterson handled carries with presumed starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Instead, McKissic recorded his lone touch of the game with a third-down reception that came just short of the yardage required. McKissic figures to serve primarily as a receiver out of Washington's backfield, with Antonio Gibson and Peyton Barber likely positioned to handle carries ahead of him.

Aug 20, 2021 9:41 PM EST

Appears safe in backup RB role

McKissic appears safe in his role as Washington's No. 2 running back, Rhiannon Walker of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: McKissic's solid work on passing downs makes him the top guy behind Antonio Gibson, but that doesn't mean the 195-pounder will dominate carries if Gibson gets injured. In the two games Gibson missed last season, McKissic averaged 12.0 carries for 59.5 yards and 5.5 catches for 37.0 yards, while Peyton Barber averaged 8.0 carries for 21.0 yards. Barber is still on the roster, along with fellow veteran RBs Lamar Miller and Jonathan Williams and rookie UDFA Jaret Patterson. None of the bunch is a lock for a roster spot, and it could be a wide-open competition for one or two jobs behind Gibson and McKissic. While McKissic's spot in the backfield may be secure, he doesn't figure to see as much slot work this year, after Washington added Curtis Samuel, Adam Humphries and rookie third-round pick Dyami Brown in the offseason. Apart from Gibson missing significant time, it's hard to see how McKissic would even approach last year's total of 110 targets.

Jun 30, 2021 1:39 PM EST

Enjoys career highs in 2020

McKissic finished the 2020 season with 85 carries for 365 yards and a touchdown and 80 catches for 589 yards and two TDs on 110 targets.

Analysis: His long gain among 165 touches went for only 29 yards, but McKissic otherwise had a career year, establishing personal bests for carries, rushing yards, receptions and receiving yards. He's under contract with Washington for one more season, though it's possible his role is scaled back if Antonio Gibson shows progress as a pass catcher throughout spring and summer. McKissic will turn 28 in August, and he's scheduled for a $1 million base salary in 2021.

Jan 11, 2021 7:08 AM EST

Slowed by Eagles

McKissic had two carries for no gain and five catches for 30 yards in Sunday's 20-14 win over the Eagles.

Analysis: Antonio Gibson took on more work in his second game back from a toe injury, handling 20 touches and 59 percent snap share. McKissic still managed to tie Terry McLaurin for the team lead in targets, and Washington may need to use its scatback more in a wild-card game against the Bucs and their fearsome run defense.

Jan 6, 2021 12:10 PM EST

Finds end zone on long reception

McKissic rushed the ball four times for 15 yards in Week 16 against the Panthers. He added eight receptions on 10 targets for 77 yards and a touchdown.

Analysis: Game script benefitted McKissic, as Washington quickly fell behind 13-0. That allowed him to excel as a receiver, with his best play coming on a 29-yard touchdown reception late in the fourth quarter. Even with uncertainty at quarterback and the return of Antonio Gibson, McKissic has continued to produce and has combined for 133 receiving yards across his last two games. He and Washington will draw a Week 17 matchup against the Eagles.

Dec 27, 2020 6:15 PM EST

Racks up 107 total yards in loss

McKissic rushed 13 times for 51 yards and secured nine of 10 targets for 56 yards and a touchdown in Washington's 20-15 loss to the Seahawks on Sunday.

Analysis: Facing the team he spent the first three seasons of his career with, McKissic was heavily involved during what was a second straight absence for Antonio Gibson (toe). The veteran easily paced the backfield in carries and rushing yards, and he was second only to Logan Thomas in receptions on Washington. McKissic's six-yard touchdown grab with 7:16 remaining qualified as his first score of the season as well, and he now has three games with at least nine catches on the campaign. McKissic figures to enjoy a solid role once again in a Week 16 matchup against the vulnerable Panthers defense irrespective of whether Gibson suits up for the contest.

Dec 20, 2020 2:47 PM EST

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