RB Elijah McGuire - Kansas City Chiefs
|5-10, 214||Born: 6-1-1994||College: UL Lafayette||Drafted: Round 6, pick 2017|
2018 Week 9 vs MIA (7 / 30 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 37 / 0 rec)
It was McGuire's first day back in action after a preseason injury, but given the way things went he would probably rather be back on the PUP list. McGuire did seem to have a little more success running the ball than Isaiah Crowell did, and he was much more involved in the pass game. He showed some elusiveness in space, with a sharp 20-yard catch and run near the end of the first half, helping to set the Jets up for a field goal.
2018 Week 10 vs BUF (6 / 30 / 0 rush, 6 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)
While the box score isn't sexy, McGuire has looked much better than anyone else in the backfield. That was true this past Sunday as well, though he lost out on a touchdown with Isaiah Crowell taking the short yardage plunge. Still, he showed some decent speed, vision and even some toughness on his handful of runs and did a nice job catching the ball as well.
2018 Week 12 vs NE (6 / 19 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
While McGuire looked like the better back on the roster before the bye, he didn't do much with minimal carries after it. The Jets chose to throw the ball 45 times, which left little time for running plays, and on Sunday Isaiah Crowell was more effective as well as more effective receiving. On the other hand, McGuire was on the field for nine more offensive snaps than Crowell. McGuire has upside, but the Jets gameplan didn't give either back much space to succeed.
2018 Week 13 vs TEN (6 / 19 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / -4 / 0 rec)
For all the talk in preseason that McGuire was someone the coaching staff was high on, the running back has seen very little use since returning from injury, and almost had his touches matched by Trenton Cannon, who actually got a critical carry in relief of Isaiah Crowell instead of McGuire. When McGuire did get on the field, he was the least efficient of the Jets running backs with just 3.2 yards per carry compared to 4.7 buy Crowell and 4.5 by Cannon. Some of that is the result of the playcalling, which is so short-field focus that the defense can play close to the line, and some of it is due to lackluster offensive line play. Still, it's clear that some of it is McGuire, who seems a bit slow to the hole when it is there and is not having as much success moving the pile when he receives contact. McGuire had one reception for a loss, which was the result of an obvious playcall the Titans read and were on top of before McGuire could do much.
2018 Week 14 vs BUF (17 / 60 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 23 / 0 rec)
With Isaiah Crowell forced out of the game with a foot injury, McGuire got the bulk of carries. It was an uneven effort, with McGuire showing some skill, but overall struggling to have success on a carry to carry basis. Without a doubt folks will point to McGuire's game winning touchdown as the high point of his game, and of course it was critical. McGuire did show some tremendous patience as he waited for the hole to open up and then nice burst to zoom through it. The more impressive effort for the day, however, was a 34-yard run near the close of the third quarter. The jets had just converted a first down, but were on their own 26-yard line. McGuire took the handoff from quarterback Sam Darnold, and found a nice seam in the A gap, breaking through the one-hole and moving through the line of scrimmage untouched. He then showed some nice speed as he got to the second level, stiff-armed a defender at the 45 yard line, and then danced along the sideline for several extra yards. While the consistency wasn't quite there, and the sometimes slipshod efforts of the offensive line made his job harder, McGuire showed some upside against the Bills on Sunday.
2018 Week 15 vs HOU (18 / 42 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)
With Isaiah Crowell out for the season, Elijah McGuire has taken over the starting running back roll, and he was serviceable against a tough Houston front. He showed a great deal of determination on his short touchdown run in the fourth, which put the Jets ahead for a while, continuing to pump his legs and try to force his way forward in the face of a swarming defense. He got a little help from a literal offensive line push, but if he hadn't kept forward momentum before the line started pushing him, the refs would have whistled the play dead. Unfortunately, McGuire fumbled the ball on the Jets 45-yard line, which the Texans converted into a 45-yard DeAndre Hopkins touchdown reception. Aside from that, McGuire did OK against a tough defense, and added some nice work as a receiver as well but he needs to work on his ball security.
2018 Week 16 vs GB (14 / 35 / 1 rush, 5 / 3 / 50 / 1 rec)
McGuire didn't have a great game on the ground, as the Packers were often able to clog running lanes, but he made up for it in receiving yards. He did score a rushing touchdown late in the first quarter, when the Packers were confused by a misdirection by quarterback Sam Darnold, who then pitched the ball to McGuire. McGuire had a clear running lane and scored easily. McGuire showed nice speed on his 20-yard touchdown reception, which extended the Jets' lead to 35-20 late in the third quarter. On the play, the running back was wide open in the flat on the left side of the line. McGuire showed good speed getting outside and outrunning the pursuit, before bulling his way over a couple of defenders and into the end zone.
2018 Week 17 vs NE (18 / 41 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)
Like rookie Sam Darnold, McGuire looked pretty decent post-injury, but like every other Jet this weekend, he didn't look great against New England. That he was still carrying the ball while the Jets were well behind - half of his 18 carries came in the second half when the team was down 21-3 - is an indication the team is interested in giving him a longer look. Unfortunately, he was stuck behind a subpar offensive line and had almost no luck breaking free of the constant contact at or behind the line of scrimmage (seven of his carries in the first half alone were for negative or no gain). He also had a fumble which the Patriots turned into points during the subsequent drive. There's a lot of noise about the Jets going after LeVeon Bell, and of course Isaiah Crowell is on IR, so whether the Jets will give McGuire a significant amount of carries in 2019 is hard to read.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.