McKissic carried three times for 13 yards and caught three of four targets for 40 yards during Sunday's 35-27 loss to the Cowboys. McKissic seemed poised to take on a larger share of the carries in this one but the newly signed Bo Scarbrough led the team in that regard. McKissic did pace the backfield in targets, receptions and receiving yards, but he still didn't make an overly impressive impact in that area. McKissic seems limited to change-of-pace and pass-catching duties, regardless of the team's depth chart situation, and this should remain the case next Sunday against the Redskins.
McKissic rushed 10 times for 36 yards and added six catches for 19 yards on seven targets in Sunday's 20-13 loss to the Bears. While McKissic underwhelmed from a yardage standpoint, his heavy involvement in the game plan was an encouraging sign and he ultimately logged 70 parent of the offensive snaps after Ty Johnson (concussion) left the game in the first quarter. The heavy playing time led to him being Detroit's busiest running back with 10 carries while Paul Perkins got seven and Ty Johnson got five, plus McKissic led the entire team in receptions. It's possible Johnson could make it back for Week 11 against Dallas, but McKissic seems like the Lions running back to own if Johnson is forced to miss time.
McKissic carried four times for 32 yards while catching three of four targets for 40 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 31-24 loss to the Raiders. Although McKissic didn't get many opportunities on the ground, he led the team in rushing yards while averaging eight yards per carry. He also made an impact as a pass catcher, leading the backfield in receiving yardage thanks in part to a 26-yard touchdown reception late in the fourth quarter. McKissic certainly outperformed Ty Johnson in this one and could play a larger role in next Sunday's road matchup with the Bears.
McKissic rushed once for minus-1 yard and secured all three of his targets for two yards during Sunday's 31-26 victory over the Giants. McKissic was penciled in for an elevated workload in Detroit's first game without Kerryon Johnson (knee), but the Lions instead deployed a full-blown committee approach to the running back position. Each of Ty Johnson (25 snaps), Tra Carson (19), McKissic (16) and Paul Perkins (six) took reps with the offense, and each of Carson (12 carries), Johnson (seven) and Perkins (three) were given more rushing attempts than McKissic. Even though the latter likely remains the team's preferred passing-down back, this Detroit backfield is probably one to avoid for fantasy purposes unless some runner eventually emerges from the pack.
McKissic and Ty Johnson are expected to see elevated roles out of the backfield in Sunday's game against the Giants with Kerryon Johnson (knee) on track to miss time due to the injury he suffered in the Week 7 loss to the Vikings, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports. Coach Matt Patricia declined to provide a recovery timeline for Johnson when he met with the media Monday, but the Lions seem to be viewing their top running back as week-to-week. Aided by Johnson departing in the first half of the 42-30 loss to Minnesota, McKissic earned a season-high seven touches (five carries, two receptions) and finished with 60 yards from scrimmage. McKissic probably won't notice much of an uptick in his carry count with Ty Johnson likely to handle most of the rushing load, but the former college receiver profiles as Detroit's top pass-catching option out of the backfield.
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