J.D. McKissic

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

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

Contributes 86 scrimmage yards

McKissic carried 11 times for 68 yards and caught two of four targets for 18 yards during Sunday's 23-15 win over the 49ers.

Analysis: McKissic's involvement increased with Antonio Gibson (toe) sidelined and he finished with his highest carry total of the season, albeit at the expense of some targets. His usage in the passing game also suffered after Alex Smith (calf) was injured, leaving Dwayne Haskins to lead the offense. McKissic could see his role as a pass-catcher climb back up next Sunday against the Seahawks if Smith is able to play, but his carries will almost certainly decrease if Gibson returns to the lineup.

Dec 13, 2020 7:19 PM EST

Heightened Week 14 role awaits

McKissic is expected to handle the bulk of the work out of the Washington backfield Sunday against the 49ers with Antonio Gibson (toe) considered unlikely to play, JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports.

Analysis: Washington hasn't officially ruled Gibson out for Week 14, but he seems to be trending toward his first absence of the season after being diagnosed with a case of turf toe following his early departure in Monday's win over the Steelers. With Gibson leaving the contest after he was on the field for just four plays, McKissic stepped in to lead the Washington backfield with a 74 percent snap share, while Peyton Barber drew only a 33 percent share. Barber still outpaced McKissic in carries (14 to five), but since Washington typically limits the former's usage almost entirely to short-yardage, goal-line and early-down situations, the latter offers the higher fantasy ceiling of the two, particularly in PPR formats. When he's been on the field, McKissic has established himself as the top checkdown option for quarterback Alex Smith, as the 26-year-old already has three 10-plus target outings under his belt this season. McKissic was particularly efficient in the passing game Monday, catching all 10 of his targets for 70 yards.

Dec 9, 2020 9:33 AM EST

Makes 10 grabs in win

McKissic rushed five times for eight yards and caught all 10 of his targets for 70 yards in Monday's 23-17 win over the Steelers.

Analysis: McKissic saw his role expanded after starting tailback Antonio Gibson exited during the first quarter with a knee injury. With the rookie never returning, McKissic was highly involved out of Washington's backfield, particularly in his familiar pass-catching role. The veteran set a new career high by hauling in double-digit passes for the first time, which also yielded a personal best in yardage. Should Gibson's status for Week 14 be impacted by his injury, McKissic's stock would figure to rise going into the fantasy playoff season.

Dec 7, 2020 6:08 PM EST

Manages just three touches

McKissic rushed once for six yards and caught both targets for 21 yards in Thursday's 41-16 win over the Cowboys.

Analysis: Despite playing 41 percent of the snaps on offense, McKissic rarely touched the ball, taking a back seat to the Antonio Gibson show. Gibson carried 20 times for 115 yards and three touchdowns and caught five passes for 21 yards. It's going to be tough to provide Gibson anything short of a bell-cow role moving forward, so McKissic's role will fluctuate as a pass catcher. He's just two weeks removed from a 15-target outing, so fantasy managers would be wise to stash him on the bench for the time being.

Nov 30, 2020 9:00 AM EST

Racks up 69 scrimmage yards

McKissic rushed six times for 43 yards and caught three of four targets for 26 yards in Sunday's 20-9 win over the Bengals.

Analysis: McKissic was less involved as a pass-catcher after drawing at least six targets in five of the previous six games, but he delivered his second-highest rushing yardage total of the season while topping seven yards per attempt. Fellow running back Antonio Gibson got 16 carries and scored his fifth touchdown in the last four games, as Washington continues to get both the shifty McKissic and the powerful Gibson involved heading into a Thanksgiving Day matchup with a generous Dallas defense.

Nov 22, 2020 3:42 PM EST

Scores, adds seven catches

McKissic carried eight times for six yards and a touchdown while catching seven of 15 targets for an additional 43 yards during Sunday's 30-27 loss to the Lions.

Analysis: McKissic averaged just 0.8 yards per carry but managed to score his first touchdown of the season on a one-yard plunge in the third quarter. He mostly made his mark as a receiver and his 15 targets easily led the team, while his seven grabs tied for first. McKissic has been targeted a whopping 29 times over the last two games and will clearly maintain a large role in the offense most weeks when game flow allows, especially with the typically conservative Alex Smith at the helm. This should remain the case in what will most likely be a competitive game against the Bengals next Sunday.

Nov 15, 2020 2:28 PM EST

Huge role in pass-catching realm

McKissic caught nine of a team-high 14 targets for 65 receiving yards, adding three rushes for 17 yards during Sunday's 23-20 loss to the Giants.

Analysis: McKissic dominated both the RB and the team pass-catching workload, as he attracted as many targets as Washington's second and third-highest targeted players combined (Terry McLaurin at eight targets, and Logan Thomas at six). The running back's passing game role has been steady for over the past month now, as McKissic has garnered six-plus catches in four of his past five outings, averaging 42 receiving yards per game during that span. Looking ahead to Week 10, McKissic next faces a Lions defense that ranks sixth worst in the NFL with 428 receiving yards allowed to opposing RBs on the season.

Nov 8, 2020 6:28 PM EST

Totals 51 scrimmage yards

McKissic carried five times for 35 yards and caught both his targets for an additional 16 yards during Sunday's 25-3 win over the Cowboys.

Analysis: McKissic was quite effective as a ball carrier, averaging 7.0 yards per carry, but he didn't make his usual impact as a pass catcher with his team playing from ahead throughout the game. He could have more passes thrown his way next Sunday against the Giants but seems unlikely to take over as the lead back anytime soon after Antonio Gibson erupted for 128 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries in this one. As such, McKissic should be left on the bench in the majority of fantasy formats.

Oct 25, 2020 2:38 PM EST

Posts 84 total yards in loss

McKissic rushed eight times for 41 yards and secured all six targets for 43 yards in the Washington Football Team's 20-19 loss to the Giants on Sunday.

Analysis: McKissic continued to enjoy a steady role in the offense, outpacing backfield mate Antonio Gibson in total touches by one and posting at least six receptions for the third straight game. The eight carries tied a season high for McKissic, who appears to have a relatively modest but consistent role as a pass-catching option that can occasionally see larger-than-expected opportunity on the ground. McKissic will look to build on Sunday's season-best effort versus the Cowboys in Week 7.

Oct 18, 2020 2:54 PM EST

Leads team in targets

McKissic caught six passes for 48 yards on a team-high eight targets in Sunday's 30-10 loss to the Rams, adding one carry for three yards.

Analysis: Washington struggled to move the ball with Kyle Allen (arm) and then Alex Smith at quarterback, trailing by multiple scores for most of the game and never finding any success throwing downfield. The familiar game script -- it was the team's fourth straight loss by 14 or more points -- allowed McKissic to stay heavily involved, but it was still Antonio Gibson who dominated work on the ground with 11 carries for 27 yards. A Week 6 matchup with the Giants could produce a closer contest, which likely would shift more of the workload toward Gibson but also would be a positive development for the Washington offense as a whole.

Oct 11, 2020 8:05 PM EST

Targeted eight times

McKissic recorded seven receptions on eight targets for 40 yards in Week 4 against the Ravens. He also added two rushes for five yards.

Analysis: McKissic ceded the majority of the work on the ground to Antonio Gibson, but still remained heavily involved in the passing attack out of the backfield. Though he lost a fumble to end Washington's second offensive possession, the team continued to turn to him as a receiver as they fell behind Baltimore early in the contest. While primarily a dump off option, McKissic did turn in receptions of 12 and 11 yards to pace his yardage total. Washington will likely be playing catch up again in Week 5 against Los Angeles, meaning McKissic could be in for plenty of receiving work once again.

Oct 4, 2020 4:54 PM EST

Falls back in Week 3

McKissic carried the ball five times for 15 yards in Week 3 against the Browns. He also added three receptions for 37 yards.

Analysis: McKissic saw his carries slashed from his Week 2 performance as he failed to get going on the ground against the Browns. However, he did manage to produce through the air, paced by a 26-yard reception that set up a rushing touchdown for Antonio Gibson in the third quarter. McKissic's production on the ground has varied widely through three weeks and had failed to contribute through the air prior to his Week 3 performance. That makes him a volatile producer for the team's Week 4 matchup against the Ravens and beyond.

Sep 27, 2020 6:43 PM EST

Surprisingly effective on ground

McKissic carried the ball eight times for 53 yards in Sunday's 30-15 loss to the Cardinals.

Analysis: Remarkably, the fifth-year receiving back didn't even get a target in the game, but he carved out a large share of the backfield workload due to his efficiency on the ground. Meanwhile, Antonio Gibson lead the backfield with 13 touches and Peyton Barber was held to only one carry. McKissic could see solid volume again in Week 3, although more of it might come through the air, as Washington tries to keep pace with a Browns offense that just piled up 35 points against the Bengals.

Sep 20, 2020 5:20 PM EST

Finishes with negative yardage

McKissic played 44 percent of offensive snaps in Sunday's 27-17 win over the Eagles, taking three carries for a loss of two yards and catching one of five targets for one yard.

Analysis: McKissic actually led the Washington backfield in snap share, but his opportunities didn't result in any production, while Peyton Barber had a pair of goal-line touchdowns and Antonio Gibson picked up 44 yards on 11 touches. McKissic and Gibson both were on the field for the first snap of the game, and it was a pretty even three-way split throughout the afternoon. Look for more of the same Week 2 at Arizona, though it is possible McKissic could eventually have his role scaled back if he struggles through more performances like Sunday's.

Sep 14, 2020 7:05 AM EST

Won't necessarily start

Coach Ron Rivera said McKissic "just happened to be put first" on the depth chart, reiterating that the team will use a committee in the backfield, Sam Fortier of The Washington Post reports.

Analysis: It was interesting to see McKissic listed in the top spot, but Rivera essentially confirms that it doesn't actually mean much. Depth charts typically are produced by PR departments, and in Washington's case there was no obvious order for the running backs. Reports from beat writers suggest McKissic, Antonio Gibson and Peyton Barber will all have roles Sunday against the Eagles, while Bryce Love is a wild card to potentially make it a four-man committee instead of three. McKissic figures to see most of his snaps in passing situations.

Sep 9, 2020 10:51 AM EST

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