J.D. McKissic

#41 RB / Detroit Lions / EXP: 3YRS Height: 5-10 Weight: 195 lb Age: 26 College: Arkansas State Bye 5

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  • McKissic rushed once for two yards while catching all four of his targets for 16 yards during Sunday's 20-7 loss to Minnesota. Yet again, McKissic finished third among Lions running backs in offensive snaps but still saw more touches than No. 2 runner Ty Johnson. However, Bo Scarbrough (ribs) hasn't slipped from his perch atop the depth chart, and nearly all indications suggest the Alabama product will be finishing the season as Detroit's workhorse. Unless Scarborough's injury is more significant than he's letting on, it seems McKissic will most likely finish the 2019 campaign in his usual change-of-pace role. It's also possible that Kerryon Johnson (knee) is activated off injured reserve, and the realization of that scenario could further restrict McKissic's offensive responsibilities.

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  • McKissic rushed twice for nine yards and caught all three of his targets for 15 yards during Thursday's 24-20 loss to Chicago. With the game tied at 17 and the Lions knocking on the door to the end zone, McKissic got the ball on third-and-one from the four-yard line and was a shoestring tackle away from notching his first rushing touchdown in two years. It was certainly interesting that McKissic got the nod in that situation over the 235-pound Bo Scarbrough, and head coach Matt Patricia said after the game that McKissic stayed on the field because the clock was running and he didn't want to make a late substitution, per Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. Regardless of the decision-making process, the usage illustrates the confidence Detroit has in McKissic as a change-of-pace back. He should continue to have a complementary role in the offense despite Scarbrough's strong production to date.

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  • McKissic rushed once for three yards and caught both of his passes for 17 yards during Sunday's 19-16 loss to Washington. After logging 58 offensive snaps Week 10, McKissic hasn't topped 15 in either of the past two weeks as the recently signed Bo Scarbrough (38 of 75 offensive snaps) and rookie Ty Johnson (27) are now leading the way. While the latter continued to be inefficient with his touches, Scarbrough racked up 98 yards on 18 carries and has easily looked like Detroit's best option out of the backfield since Kerryon Johnson (knee) went down. However, Scarbrough had also been teed up for a nice matchup with a weak Washington defense, and it's possible McKissic's receiving prowess could be more useful in the coming weeks against the tough run defenses of Chicago, Minnesota and Tampa Bay.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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Season RuAtt RuYd RuTD Recpt ReYd ReTD FPTS
2019 37 203 0 31 222 1 40
2018 3 8 0 0 0 0 0
2017 46 187 1 34 266 2 62
2016 1 2 0 2 16 0 1
3 Year Avg 17 66 0 12 94 1 21
Career 87 400 1 67 504 3

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