RB J.D. McKissic - Detroit Lions

5-10, 187Born: 8-15-1993College: Arkansas StateDrafted: ---

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2019 Week 7 vs MIN (5 / 29 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 31 / 0 rec)

J.D. McKissic worked in a committee with Ty Johnson to replace an injured Kerryon Johnson against the Vikings. McKissic worked in some traditional running back roles, but was used in more gadget carries and manufactured touches. McKissic was also used in the passing game and played with good quickness. If Kerryon Johnson misses next week, he will project to function in the lesser part of a committee with Ty Johnson.

2019 Week 9 vs OAK (4 / 32 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 40 / 1 rec)

J.D. McKissic played in a committee with Ty Johnson against the Raiders on Sunday. He was effective running the ball despite a lost fumble and ran effectively on the interior and perimeter despite his small size. McKissic was involved in the passing game, including a thrown that was missed by Matthew Stafford but capitalized on his usage with a touchdown on a corner route out of the backfield. The backfield is in flux with Kerryon Johnson missing time, but McKissic has shown himself capable of playing in a committee going forward. He will face a tough Bears defense next week.

2019 Week 10 vs CHI (10 / 36 / 0 rush, 7 / 6 / 19 / 0 rec)

J.D. McKissic was the third back to get touches against the Bears on Sunday. McKissic worked in both the running and receiving game and saw a backfield high 16 touches. McKissic's running work was inflated because of a Ty Johnson concussion in the first quarter and ran hard despite being undersized. His better work was in the passing game, where he was largely used on check downs and short targets. McKissic was strong in pass protection and made a great adjustment to a ball that was called back by a penalty. He has carved out a role as the primary pass catcher in the backfield in a Kerryon Johnson-less backfield. He will likely have a negative game script in his favor against Dallas next week.

2019 Week 11 vs DAL (3 / 13 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 40 / 0 rec)

J.D. McKissic continued to have a strong role in the passing game on Sunday against Dallas. McKissic was able to make multiple defenders miss after the catch and ran elusively in limited touches in the running game. Bo Scarbrough has a limited passing-game resume, so McKissic should continue to have a role on third down and in negative game script. He will face Washington next week.

2019 Week 12 vs WAS (1 / 3 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)

After multiple weeks of good play in the passing game, J.D. McKissic was nearly invisible on Sunday against Washington. Ty Johnson worked in the passing game throughout the first half, before McKissic saw a couple of opportunities late in the third quarter, where he caught a reception for a third down conversion and then had a carry which was called back by his own facemask penalty. He will face the Bears on Thanksgiving.

2019 Week 13 vs CHI (2 / 9 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 15 / 0 rec)

For the second consecutive week, J.D. McKissic gave up third down work to Ty Johnson. McKissic still saw work, and nearly scored a touchdown on a toss sweep in the red zone but was stopped by a great tackle by Kyle Fuller. McKissic also showed well in the passing game making a great one-handed catch across the middle for a first down. McKissic's role is reduced in the offense the past two weeks and without consistent third down work, he is difficult to trust.

2017 Week 4 vs IND (4 / 38 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 27 / 1 rec)

Yes, McKissic sealed the game with a couple of big plays in the second half. In fact, he looked absolutely electric on both plays, a 30 yard rush and 27 yard reception, both for TDs. And yes, he's an undrafted rookie who was subbing in for C.J. Prosise, so his upside is limited as long as the other backs on the team are healthy. And therein lies the rub. It seems like none of them can get healthy on this team - and lead back Chris Carson just went down as well. So it's likely that McKissic draws in again next week, albeit with a smallish load; but after his showing today, the Seahawks would be silly not to toss the ball his way a few times to see if he can repeat the trick.

2017 Week 5 vs LAR (2 / 0 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 36 / 0 rec)

McKissic's electric 2-TD game last week, was a hot topic heading into this matchup. Apparently the Rams heard about it, too, because the safeties were watching him and were simply all over him each time he was targeted. McKissic showed good speed and instincts for the ball, but he could only do so much in double coverage. He had a couple of carries, one for a four yard loss and one for a four yard gain, but was used primarily on passing downs, and utilized as a receiver. It was also apparent that McKissic was not quite ready for prime time when it came to pass blocking. He picked up the blitz well enough, but didn't have the strength or technique to slow the defenders from getting to the QB.

2017 Week 7 vs NYG (3 / 10 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec)

McKissic is easily the fastest back on the team, but his role seems to be in the change-of-pace category. He is a very exciting player to watch, as evidenced on a swing pass in which he simply tore around everyone to get outside and run for the first down. He's also quite the decoy, as he drew in the defenders on a pitch play that turned out to be a (successful) flea flicker. He's strictly a what-the-heck fantasy play, but an intriguing one, given the ho-hum alternatives that Seattle has in the backfield.

2017 Week 8 vs HOU (4 / 6 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

McKissic is still showing potential, but it doesn't appear that the Seahawks are prepared to give him meaningful snaps out of the backfield. He is most dangerous when used as a receiver. His best chance against the Texans was a try for a diving catch in the end zone that was just a hair out of his reach. Significantly, he carried the ball on the first drive in this one. There remains the possibility that the Seahawks will notice that Lacy and Rawls combined for -1 yard on 12 carries, and as a result, try out the new kid a bit more going forward.

2017 Week 9 vs WAS (3 / 12 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)

McKissic took a few handoffs, but was primarily a 3rd down back, playing on passing downs mainly. He has shown that he can be quite the receiving weapon out of the backfield but is too seldom targeted to be meaningful on a week to week basis. He is, however, worth monitoring, based on the uncertainty of the Seahawks backfield overall.

2017 Week 10 vs ARI (5 / 26 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 20 / 0 rec)

McKissic remains the most intriguing option out of the backfield, but currently doesn't get enough carries to be a difference maker. What is promising is that he was a target or ball carrier on half of the snaps that he played (10-of-20), and caught 4 of 5 targets. He's easily the fastest RB on the team but isn't suited to inside running due to his size. On the other hand, the Seattle line can't seem to create any holes inside, so that's a moot point. It would be interesting to see the Seahawks commit to him for a game, running outside and throwing him the ball. He often played passing downs and lined up outside, so his skills there are for real. Still a very deep speculation pick.

2017 Week 11 vs ATL (7 / 30 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 23 / 0 rec)

McKissic is still a hard one to figure. He lines up all over the place, sometimes setting up as a wide receiver, and other times, running deep routes from out of the backfield. On one such route, Wilson targeted him near the goal line, but the coverage was too good. Still, the level of trust is there if Wilson is willing to give him that kind of shot. The Seahawks seem to know what they have in McKissic, since they rarely ask him to run between the tackles, and he is generally just as active as a receiver as a runner. McKissic showed impressive speed, and was a big play waiting to happen, all game long. His role seems secure, too, as he was called upon ahead of Lacy, even after Davis left the game. They even called his number at the goal line, although they sent him wide on a Jet Sweep play (he was stopped short of the goal line) instead of up the gut.

2017 Week 12 vs SF (4 / 22 / 0 rush, 7 / 4 / 24 / 0 rec)

McKissic was more involved early on than he had been previously, but still was overshadowed by Eddie Lacy, who got the bulk of the opportunities to run the ball. When McKissic did get the ball, he looked positively electric. His speed and sheer will power to break contact got him positive yardage nearly every time. He also nearly scored on a red zone carry from the 16, but was taken down at the 2 yard line.

2017 Week 13 vs PHI (1 / -1 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 15 / 1 rec)

McKissic showed again how dangerous he can be as a receiver, mainly on the touchdown play in which he snuck behind the defender for the wide open catch near the goal line. The only problem here is volume. He has cemented his role as 3rd down back, but at the same time, Mike Davis has also come on strong and will definitely take any early down snaps that McKissic might have gotten previously. Like many of the Seahawks players, McKissic is capable of a big play at any time, but simply cannot be counted on to get opportunities each week.

2017 Week 14 vs JAX (3 / 15 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 20 / 0 rec)

With the emergence (and presumed health) of Mike Davis as the lead back, McKissic played a purely complimentary role, though he's a bit of a wild card any time he's on the field. McKissic still often lines up wide, and so is important to the passing game, and is a dangerous weapon out of the backfield as well. He won't run inside very often, and his snaps remain limited, but when he touches the ball, you can feel the excitement level rise a little.

2017 Week 15 vs LAR (6 / 20 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 38 / 0 rec)

McKissic's speed and receiving skills looked like a really nice complement to Mike Davis's up the gut running. When the Seahawks fell behind, McKissic started to play more. He looked fantastic on a sideline catch late in the second quarter, and made a short catch for a first down as well.

2017 Week 17 vs ARI (4 / 9 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 20 / 0 rec)

McKissic showed off his versatility in the final game of the season, and though his final line was mediocre, his value to the Seahawks is clear. He's a big play waiting to happen, whether lining up wide or rushing the ball. Early on, he was used on a swing pass that gained nine yards. Later, he made a great play on a tipped pass, showing excellent concentration as he adjusted to the ball in motion. His rushing line is nothing to write home about, but on a couple of the carries, he looked like he might break loose at any moment.