RB Elijah McGuire - New York Jets
|5-10, 214||Born: 6-1-1994||College: UL Lafayette||Drafted: Round 6|
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Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2017 Week 17 vs NE (4 / -6 / 0 rush, 6 / 3 / 16 / 0 rec)
McGuire capped off his rookie season with a forgettable performance against New England's front seven. McGuire was quickly corralled by New England run stoppers and made three catches for 15 yards. His overall development has been impressive and he's a player to watch in 2018.
2017 Week 15 vs NO (4 / 24 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 48 / 1 rec)
The Louisiana-Lafayette product made a triumphant return to his home state. McGuire was mixed in with Powell and Forte-and made two big plays. In the third quarter, McGuire ran a shallow crossing route, caught the pass, turned up field and ran into daylight for a 38-yard gain. In the fourth quarter, McGuire ran a quick pylon route, caught the pass and ran untouched for a 2-yard touchdown. McGuire has shined-and deserves more carries over the final two games.
2017 Week 14 vs DEN (1 / -3 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Elijah McGuire suffered an ankle injury. His status is worth monitoring.
2017 Week 13 vs KC (5 / 20 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
New York's offense rolled up 49 attempts, so the young rookie was used to spell his backfield counterparts. McGuire had a long run of 19 yards on a toss sweep and converted on a critical two-point conversion in the fourth quarter. A pitch to the wide side of the field was called and McGuire used his speed and acceleration to beat the defender to the corner.
2017 Week 12 vs CAR (5 / 21 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)
Elijah McGuire was primarily deployed in the second half where he had a nice 13-yard grab on a designed screen pass. Carolina's defense stifled all of New York's running backs, so the team will hope for better performances in future weeks.
2017 Week 10 vs TB (8 / 22 / 0 rush, 7 / 4 / 36 / 0 rec)
Matt Forte was inactive, so McGuire served as Powell's back-up. The talented rookie primarily made an impact as a receiver. Showing smooth hands and improved route running, McGuire was sent out on wheel routes and was used on designed screen passes. He had a long gain of 13 yards on a third-and-long.
2017 Week 9 vs BUF (13 / 30 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
New York held a 15+ point lead for the entirety of the fourth quarter, so McGuire was deployed to kill the clock. The big rookie had a long run of 15 yards were he bulldozed smaller defenders in the open field.
2017 Week 8 vs ATL (1 / 2 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
With Powell and Forte healthy and active, McGuire was an afterthought.
2017 Week 7 vs MIA (3 / 7 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
With Powell and Forte active, McGuire was reduced to a change-of-pace role.
2017 Week 6 vs NE (10 / 22 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Elijah McGuire started, but worked in tandem with Matt Forte, who returned from a turf toe injury. McGuire did not find much room between the tackles and was stuffed on his lone goal-line carry. McGuire ceded all running back targets to Forte and Travaris Cadet, who was deployed in a limited capacity.
2017 Week 5 vs CLE (11 / 20 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)
Elijah McGuire was deployed as New York's featured runner in the second half once Bilal Powell (calf) was ruled out. McGuire, however, did not find any room to run against an inspired Cleveland front. Powell's injury did not appear to be serious, so McGuire's time as the featured runner may be short-lived.
2017 Week 4 vs JAX (10 / 93 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 38 / 0 rec)
The rookie running back continues to impress. Working in tandem with Bilal Powell, McGuire looked very good as a runner and as a receiver. Early in the third quarter, McGuire ripped off an impressive 69-yard touchdown run. An outside zone run was called--and McGuire was instructed to find the cutback lane and accelerate. The middle of the defense parted like the Red Sea--and McGuire found his lane and accelerated. Once he got into the second level, McGuire juked the safety and turned on a second gear to run away from the remaining defenders. As a receiver, McGuire picked up 22 yards on a designed screen pass. McGuire did a good job by setting up his blocks before exploding into the second level. This rookie played very well and is clearly a factor in New York's backfield.
2017 Week 3 vs MIA (7 / 34 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The rookie running back was once again regularly mixed in with Forte and Powell. McGuire is the biggest back on the roster--and was deployed in short-yardage situations. McGuire's physical running style was on full display in the second half as New York grinded down the clock.
2017 Week 2 vs OAK (6 / 29 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
The rookie running back was regularly mixed in with Forte and Powell--and was given more touches than Powell. McGuire gained most of his yardage when the game was out of reach. In the second quarter, McGuire lined up as the running back on a key fourth down--and was stuffed. However, New York was penalized with a false start, negating the run.
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