J.D. McKissic

J.D. McKissic

Running Back #21
Team: Washington Redskins
Ht / Wt:5'10" / 190 lb.
College:Arkansas State
Age:26
Born:August 15, 1993
Drafted:2016 / UDFA

J.D. McKissic: Still ticketed for same role

McKissic's projected role hasn't changed after the Washington Football team released Derrius Guice, ESPN.com's John Keim reports.

Analysis: A pure passing-down specialist, McKissic has 91 targets and 88 carries in 35 career NFL appearances, though he did manage 5.4 YPC on his 38 totes for Detroit last year. A $1 million guarantee on his two-year contract suggests the 27-year-old should have a spot on the regular-season roster, but his role has come into question ever since Washington used a third-round pick on runner/receiver hybrid Antonio Gibson. The rookie could steal passing downs from McKissic at some point this year.

August 10, 2020 7:36 AM EST

J.D. McKissic: Lands in Washington

McKissic signed a two-year contract with the Redskins on Wednesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: McKissic played all 16 games with the Lions last year and finished with 38 carries for 205 yards (5.4 yards per carry) and caught 34 of 42 passes for 233 yards and a score. With Derrius Guice and Adrian Peterson leading Washington's backfield, McKissic will likely work as a pass-catching asset. He likely won't have consistent fantasy value unless Guice or Peterson are injured.

March 18, 2020 6:40 PM EST

J.D. McKissic: Becomes free agent

McKissic is an unrestricted free agent after the Lions opted not to extend him a contract tender, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.

Analysis: McKissic played all 16 games for Detroit last season, taking 38 carries for 205 yards and catching 23 of 42 targets for 233 yards and a touchdown. He also saw work as a passing-down specialist with the Seahawks in 2017, but he'll probably need to battle for a roster spot at his next NFL stop.

March 18, 2020 2:01 PM EST

J.D. McKissic: Small role in season finale

McKissic didn't have a rushing attempt and caught one of two targets for four yards during Sunday's 23-20 loss to Green Bay.

Analysis: Detroit's ability to mount a two-touchdown lead at halftime meant the Lions spent most of the game trying to run out the clock. Had the score been reversed, it's possible McKissic's receiving chops could have played a bigger role in the offense. However, that wasn't the case and McKissic ultimately saw just a handful of snaps while Kerryon Johnson and Bo Scarbrough once again led the way on the ground. After totaling 438 yards on 72 touches (6.1 yards per touch) in 2019, McKissic will now enter the offseason as an unrestricted free agent entering his age-27 season in 2020.

December 30, 2019 2:02 PM EST

J.D. McKissic: No touches against Broncos

McKissic did not record a carry or reception during Sunday's 27-17 loss to the Broncos.

Analysis: McKissic logged just seven offensive snaps with both Kerryon Johnson and Bo Scarbrough back in the fold. Considering Ty Johnson also worked ahead of him, McKissic seems slated to end the season without much a role in this weekend's finale against Green Bay.

December 23, 2019 7:04 PM EST

J.D. McKissic: Ready to rock

McKissic (stinger) is not listed on Wednesday's injury report.

Analysis: McKissic was forced out of Week 15's loss to the Buccaneers due to a stinger, but he already appears back to full health. With Bo Scarbrough (ribs) back at practice in a limited capacity and Kerryon Johnson (knee) a candidate to return from IR, it remains to be seen how much of a role McKissic will play in Detroit's backfield during Sunday's tilt against the Broncos.

December 18, 2019 1:14 PM EST

J.D. McKissic: Done for the day

McKissic (stinger) is ruled out for the remainder of Sunday's tilt against the Buccaneers.

Analysis: McKissic logged one carries for two yards and caught two of three targets for seven yards before leaving the field. With Bo Scarbrough (ribs) inactive, Ty Johnson and Wes Hills will handle Detroit's backfield reps for the remainder of Week 15's contest.

December 15, 2019 12:27 PM EST

J.D. McKissic: Picks up stinger Sunday

McKissic suffered a stinger during Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Analysis: In the wake of Bo Scarbrough's (ribs) absence, McKissic and Ty Johnson were expected to handle the backfield reps for the Lions in Week 15. Upon his departure in the third quarter, though, McKissic had just one two-yard carry and two receptions (on three targets) for seven yards. He's questionable to return, but if he doesn't, Johnson and Wes Hills are the only available Detroit running backs on the game-day roster.

December 15, 2019 12:10 PM EST

J.D. McKissic: May see role increase sans Scarbrough

McKissic and Ty Johnson are expected to headline the Lions' Week 15 backfield with Bo Scarbrough (ribs) ruled out for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Scarbrough had operated as Detroit's lead option on the ground for the past four games, but his inactive status leaves McKissic, Johnson and practice squad callup Wes Hills as the lone healthy options at running back. Given Hills' lack of prior experience, McKissic and Johnson look like the best bets for touches out of the backfield, with coach Matt Patricia likely to ride the hot hand of the two. Considering McKissic has mostly served as a passing-down specialist during his NFL career, he would probably stand to benefit more than Johnson if the Lions fall behind early in the contest.

December 15, 2019 9:00 AM EST

J.D. McKissic: Catches four passes

McKissic rushed once for two yards while catching all four of his targets for 16 yards during Sunday's 20-7 loss to Minnesota.

Analysis: Yet again, McKissic finished third among Lions running backs in offensive snaps and he still saw more touches than No. 2 runner Ty Johnson. However, Bo Scarbrough hasn't slipped from his perch atop the depth chart and all indications suggest the Alabama product will be finishing the season as Detroit's workhorse. Unless Scarbrough gets injured, it seems McKissic will most likely finish the 2019 campaign in his usual change-of-pace role.

December 9, 2019 2:18 PM EST

J.D. McKissic: Five touches on Thanksgiving Day

McKissic rushed twice for nine yards and caught all three of his targets for 15 yards during Thursday's 24-20 loss to Chicago.

Analysis: With the game tied at 17 and the Lions knocking on the door to the end zone, McKissic got the ball on third-and-one from the four-yard line and was a shoe-string tackle away from notching his first rushing touchdown in two years. It was certainly interesting that McKissic got the nod in that situation over the 235-pound Bo Scarbrough, and head coach Matt Patricia said after the game that McKissic stayed on the field because the clock was running and he didn't want to make a late substitution, per Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. Regardless of the decision-making process, that play was a display of the confidence Detroit has in McKissic as a change-of-pace back, and it seems like McKissic will continue to have a complementary role in the offense despite Scarbrough's emergence.

November 29, 2019 10:52 AM EST

J.D. McKissic: Totals 20 yards in minor role

McKissic rushed once for three yards and caught both of his passes for 17 yards during Sunday's 19-16 loss to Washington.

Analysis: After logging 58 offensive snaps in Week 10, McKissic hasn't topped 15 in either of the past two weeks as the recently-signed Bo Scarbrough (38 of 75 offensive snaps) and rookie Ty Johnson (27) are now leading the way. While the latter continued to be inefficient with his touches, Scarbrough racked up 98 yards on 18 carries and has easily looked like Detroit's best option out of the backfield since Kerryon Johnson (knee) went down. However, Scarbrough had also been teed up for a nice matchup with a weak Washington defense, and it's possible McKissic's receiving prowess could be more useful in the coming weeks against the tough run defenses of Chicago, Minnesota and Tampa Bay.

November 25, 2019 11:32 AM EST

J.D. McKissic: contributes 53 scrimmage yards

McKissic carried three times for 13 yards and caught three of four targets for 40 yards during Sunday's 35-27 loss to the Cowboys.

Analysis: McKissic seemed poised to take on a larger share of the carries in this one, but the newly-signed Bo Scarbrough led the team in that regard. He did pace the backfield in targets, receptions, and receiving yards, but he still didn't make an overly impressive impact in that area. McKissic seems limited to change-of-pace and pass-catching duties regardless of the team's depth chart, and this should remain the case next Sunday against the Redskins.

November 17, 2019 3:14 PM EST

J.D. McKissic: Gains 11 yards in loss

McKissic ran for four yards on three attempts and added seven yards on two catches during Monday's 23-22 loss to Green Bay

Analysis: McKissic's five touches tied a season high, but he finished with just his third largest yardage total, a measly 11 yards. That's because McKissic has been dependent on big plays this season. Over 57 percent of his season yardage has come on just two plays. McKissic isn't going to garner many touches, so his value relies heavily on breaking off a big run or two. That'll be a difficult task Sunday against a Minnesota defense surrendering just 3.8 yards per carry, seventh-best in the league.

October 15, 2019 7:43 PM EST

J.D. McKissic: Settling in as No. 2 RB

McKissic carried three times for four yards and caught two of three targets for seven yards during Monday's 23-22 loss to Green Bay.

Analysis: Yet again, McKissic saw significantly more playing time than rookie Ty Johnson, who hit a new low-water mark with just two offensive snaps Monday. While the converted wideout doesn't have the stranglehold on passing downs that Theo Riddick once had with Detroit, McKissic has nonetheless popped for gains of 44 and 26 yards in Week 3 and Week 4, respectively, and is looking like a nice complement to starter Kerryon Johnson. McKissic's receiving prowess could come in handy in Week 7 when Detroit welcomes a stout Vikings defense to Motown.

October 15, 2019 5:42 PM EST

J.D. McKissic: Continues to impress

McKissic rushed four times for 30 yards and caught one of two targets for 11 yards during Sunday's 34-30 loss to Kansas City.

Analysis: McKissic opened the game in the starting lineup as a receiver and ended the game looking like he may just be the Lions' No. 2 running back behind Kerryon Johnson. Ty Johnson was the presumptive favorite for that role, but McKissic ultimately logged 27 snaps on offense compared to 11 for the rookie. While the absence of slot receiver Danny Amendola (chest) likely played a role in the distribution of playing time, McKissic arguably flashed more as a runner than as a receiver thanks to a team-high 26-yard scamper in the third quarter. Before we anoint him the Lions' new Theo Riddick, however, we need to keep in mind that Kerryon Johnson is the bellcow who logged 70 percent of the offensive snaps after commanding 75 percent in Week 3.

September 30, 2019 10:51 AM EST

J.D. McKissic: Makes the most of his carry

McKissic gained 44 yards on his lone carry during Sunday's 27-24 win over the Eagles.

Analysis: The Lions dipped into the bag of tricks late in the second quarter Sunday with a reverse to McKissic, who weaved inside the 10-yard line for a 44-yard gain. Following the release of veteran C.J. Anderson, rookie Ty Johnson was to ascend to the No. 2 spot. One game probably doesn't change that, but Johnson had a rough showing Sunday while McKissic benefits from a highlight-reel play and familiarity with offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell. It'll be interesting to see who backs up sophomore Kerryon Johnson, who himself has struggled to start the season Sunday against the Chiefs.

September 24, 2019 4:19 PM EST

J.D. McKissic: Four snaps in Week 2

McKissic logged four offensive snaps during Sunday's 13-10 victory over the Chargers.

Analysis: McKissic again saw a handful of snaps, but this time he wasn't targeted in the passing game at all. Meanwhile, he was the fourth running back to enter the game and was also a distant fourth in playing time. The better Lions depth running back to pay attention to is Ty Johnson, who saw more playing time than C.J. Anderson and popped for a 17-yard rush Sunday.

September 16, 2019 6:34 PM EST

J.D. McKissic: Two catches in Lions debut

McKissic caught both of his targets for 24 receiving yards during Sunday's 27-27 tie with the Cardinals.

Analysis: The two targets tied Kerryon Johnson for the team lead among running backs, which is not what Johnson investors wanted to see after McKissic was brought in during final roster cuts considering and had relatively little preparation after being claimed earlier in the week. While McKissic also saw the least number of snaps -- both total and on offense -- than any other Lions tailback, it'll be interesting to see if his involvement increases as the year unfolds. Such a development would be bad news for Johnson's overall worth, especially in PPR formats.

September 9, 2019 7:58 AM EST

J.D. McKissic: Joins Lions after cuts

The Lions claimed McKissic off waivers from the Seahawks on Sunday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Seattle went with Rashaad Penny, C.J. Prosise and Travis Homer for depth behind Chris Carson, while the Lions initially kept just three running backs -- Kerryon Johnson, C.J. Anderson and Ty Johnson -- on their 53-man roster. McKissic could work his way into a pass-catching role as he reunites with Lions offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, who held the same job in Seattle from 2011 to 2016. This shouldn't be much of a concern for Johnson's workload Week 1 at Arizona.

September 1, 2019 10:15 AM EST

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