J.D. McKissic

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


Not listed on injury report

McKissic (groin) isn't listed on the Week 1 injury report ahead of Sunday's matchup with Jacksonville, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: McKissic missed some practice time and a preseason game with a groin injury but shouldn't have any limitations in the opener. It'll likely be McKissic and Antonio Gibson getting most of the RB snaps, with Jonathan Williams also an option while Brian Robinson (leg) is on injured reserve for at least the first four weeks of the season.

Sep 7, 2022 10:42 AM EST



Ruled out this weekend

McKissic (groin) will not play in Saturday's preseason game against Kansas City, Sam Fortier of The Washington Post reports.

Analysis: McKissic's absence could allow Antonio Gibson and/or Brian Robinson to get more passing-down work with Carson Wentz and the first-team offense.

Aug 20, 2022 11:35 AM EST


Held out of practice

McKissic will not practice Thursday due to a groin injury, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.

Analysis: Coach Ron Rivera said McKissic is dealing with a groin injury, but it doesn't seem that the third-down specialist is dealing with a long-term issue so far. The fact that McKissic is dealing with such an injury could lead to his being held out of Saturday's preseason contest against the Chiefs, though, even if as a precaution. This preseason has seen rookie third-round pick Brian Robinson begin to make a case for increased opportunities in Washington's backfield, and presumed No. 1 option Antonio Gibson logged an unusual practice session Wednesday that saw him handle reps with the special-teams unit.

Aug 18, 2022 8:50 AM EST


Nixes BUF deal, stays in Washington

McKissic changed his mind about signing with the Bills and now intends to re-sign with Washington instead, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: It sounds like the contract terms will be similar or identical to McKissic's verbal agreement with the Bills for two years and $7 million. The veteran scatback might have benefited in fantasy terms from playing in a better offense, but he'll still be an important piece for Washington, replacing Antonio Gibson on third downs and other passing situations. McKissic did see a big drop in usage between 2020 and 2021, albeit with better efficiency to help negate some of the losses.

Mar 16, 2022 10:37 AM EST


Signing with Bills

McKissic is slated to sign a two-year deal with the Bills, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: According to Schefter, McKissic's deal with Bills is for $7 million, with potential for another $1 million. The 28-year-old carried 48 times for 212 yards and two TDs, adding 43 catches for 397 yards and a pair of receiving scores in 11 games for Washington last season. He'll provide Buffalo with an adept pass-catcher out of the backfield in 2022, a context that puts McKissic on the PPR radar while working behind the team's top back, Devin Singletary. The Bills also have Zack Moss under contract for the next two seasons.

Mar 15, 2022 10:00 AM EST


Not playing Week 18

McKissic (concussion) wasn't among the players added to Washington's roster Saturday ahead of Sunday's season finale against the Giants.

Analysis: Considering Washington never designated McKissic to return from injured reserve following his move off the active roster Dec. 21, the decision not to activate him for Week 18 hardly comes as a surprise. Washington will have Antonio Gibson, Jaret Patterson and Jonathan Williams as its available running backs for the finale.

Jan 9, 2022 6:19 AM EST


Out three more games

Washington placed McKissic (concussion) on injured reserve Tuesday.

Analysis: McKissic was already set to miss a third consecutive game Tuesday in Philadelphia, but his move to IR ensures that he'll also remain out Week 16 in Dallas and for the Week 17 rematch with the Eagles in Washington. The Football Team's decision to shut McKissic down through Week 17 doesn't come as a major surprise, as he was unable to practice in any fashion this week. With McKissic deactivated, lead back Antonio Gibson should be in line to pick up more passing-down work, while Jaret Patterson and Jonathan Williams handle small depth roles behind him.

Dec 21, 2021 1:11 PM EST


Ruled out Tuesday

McKissic (concussion) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Eagles.

Analysis: McKissic was unable to return to practice this week, and he'll be held out for a third straight game due to a concussion. Jaret Patterson should continue to see a slight uptick in playing time behind Antonio Gibson in Week 15.

Dec 20, 2021 12:05 PM EST


DNP on Saturday

McKissic (concussion) didn't practice Saturday, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.

Analysis: McKissic has yet to practice this week and has logged very little on-field work since suffering a concussion and neck injury during Week 12 action against the Seahawks. Washington's Week 15 game versus the Eagles has been pushed back from Sunday to Tuesday due to COVID-19 concerns within the Football Team, giving him a bit more time to get through the league's five phases of the protocol for head injuries. Having said that, McKissic appears to be trending toward a third straight absence, which again would open the door for No. 1 running back Antonio Gibson to pick up a three-down role.

Dec 18, 2021 1:01 PM EST


Washington-Eagles moved to Tuesday

McKissic (concussion) and Washington will no longer play the Eagles on Sunday, after the NFL officially rescheduled the matchup between the two teams for Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET.

Analysis: Due to ongoing COVID-19-related issues within Washington's organization, the NFL is hopeful that by delaying the game two days, the Football Team will restore enough players from the reserve/COVID-19 list to alleviate depth concerns on the roster. Though McKissic isn't one of the several Washington players who has tested positive for the virus, he could benefit from the two-day delay, given that he has yet to clear the five-step concussion protocol. Even so, considering McKissic hadn't resumed practicing as of Thursday, the pass-catching specialist is most likely trending toward missing his third consecutive contest, which would pave the way for Antonio Gibson to handle a three-down workhorse role out of the backfield.

Dec 17, 2021 1:40 PM EST


Idle for another practice

McKissic (concussion) didn't participate in Thursday's practice, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: McKissic looked to be advancing through the concussion protocol last week after he managed limited practices Thursday and Friday before being ruled out in advance of Washington's 27-20 loss to Dallas, but the running back appears to have since suffered a setback. He's now been listed as a non-participant in two straight practices, which suggests his absence from Wednesday's session wasn't merely a maintenance day. Even if he gets back on the field as a limited participant Friday, McKissic will still need to get the green light to take contact in addition to gaining clearance from an independent neurologist in order to play Sunday in Philadelphia. Given the multiple obstacles in his way, McKissic appears likely to sit out a third consecutive game.

Dec 16, 2021 11:58 AM EST


Not practicing

McKissic (concussion) didn't practice Wednesday, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: It's unclear if this is indicative of a setback or just caution, with McKissic held out after logging limited practices last Thursday and Friday. He missed the past two games, giving Antonio Gibson more work on passing downs, while Wendell Smallwood (Week 13) and Jonathan Williams (Week 14) also got a few looks. It's unclear if McKissic will be back for Sunday's game in Philadelphia.

Dec 15, 2021 12:19 PM EST


Inactive for second straight week

McKissic (concussion) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Cowboys, Ben Standig of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: McKissic made enough progress through the NFL's five-step concussion protocol this week to return to practice as a limited participant Thursday and Friday, but he doesn't appear to have been deemed ready for full contact or cleared by an independent neurologist. As such, he'll remain out for a second straight game, which should give top back Antonio Gibson a clear path to a three-down role once again. In addition to carrying 23 times for 88 yards, Gibson drew six targets -- one short of his season-high total -- and caught five passes for 23 yards and a touchdown in last week's win over the Raiders.

Dec 12, 2021 8:42 AM EST


Unlikely to play

McKissic (concussion) is unlikely to play in Sunday's game against the Cowboys, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: McKissic was able to log limited practices both Thursday and Friday, though there has not been any indication that he has formally passed the concussion protocol. As a result, he appears likely to miss his second consecutive game. If that were to come to fruition, Antonio Gibson would likely be in line for plenty of work, as he logged 36 touches in a Week 12 matchup that McKissic exited early and 28 touches in last Sunday's win over the Raiders. Final word on McKissic's status will come prior to the team's 1:00 P.M. kickoff Sunday.

Dec 11, 2021 9:43 PM EST


Questionable, still in protocol

McKissic (concussion) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Cowboys, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.

Analysis: Joh reports McKissic was a limited practice participant Friday and remains in the concussion protocol. He's still hoping to gain clearance before Sunday, after Antonio Gibson and Wendell Smallwood split McKissic's usual snaps in the win over Las Vegas last week.

Dec 10, 2021 9:47 AM EST


Gets in limited practice

McKissic (concussion) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Matthew Paras of The Washington Times reports.

Analysis: Since being diagnosed with a concussion following Washington's Week 12 win over the Seahawks, McKissic was listed as a non-participant in four consecutive practices and sat out a Week 13 win over Las Vegas along the way. His ability to turn in a limited practice Thursday thus marks the first step forward for McKissic as he works his way through the NFL's five-step concussion protocol. According to Ben Standig of The Athletic, McKissic was spotted taking part in position drills during the open portion of Thursday's session, but he'll need to still gain clearance for full-contact work and get the green light from an independent neurologist in order to suit up Sunday against the Cowboys.

Dec 9, 2021 10:29 AM EST


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