McKissic agreed Wednesday with the Redskins on a two-year contract, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
McKissic played all 16 games with the Lions last season, finishing with 38 carries for 205 yards (5.4 yards per carry) and 34 receptions for 233 yards and a score. With Derrius Guice and Adrian Peterson leading Washington's backfield, McKissic will likely work as a pass-catching option. He likely won't have consistent fantasy value unless Guice or Peterson are injured.
McKissic became an unrestricted free agent Wednesday after the Lions opted not to extend him a contract tender, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.
McKissic played all 16 games for Detroit last season, taking 38 carries for 205 yards and catching 23 of 42 targets for 233 yards and a touchdown. He also saw work as a passing-down specialist with the Seahawks in 2017, but he'll probably need to battle for a roster spot at his next NFL stop.
McKissic didn't have a rushing attempt and caught one of two targets for four yards during Sunday's 23-20 loss to Green Bay.
Detroit's ability to mount a two-touchdown lead at halftime meant the Lions spent most of the game trying to run out the clock. Had the score been reversed, it's possible McKissic's receiving chops could have played a bigger role in the offense. However, that wasn't the case, and McKissic ultimately saw just a handful of snaps while Kerryon Johnson and Bo Scarbrough once again led the way on the ground. After totaling 438 yards on 72 touches (6.1 yards per touch) in 2019, McKissic now will enter the offseason as an unrestricted free agent entering his age-27 season in 2020.
McKissic did not record a carry or reception during Sunday's 27-17 loss to the Broncos.
McKissic logged just seven offensive snaps with both Kerryon Johnson and Bo Scarbrough back in the fold. Considering Ty Johnson also worked ahead of him, McKissic seems slated to end the season without much a role in this weekend's finale against Green Bay.
McKissic (stinger) isn't listed on Wednesday's injury report.
McKissic was forced out early in the Week 15 loss to the Buccaneers due to a stinger, but his absence from the injury report implies it's a non-issue heading into Sunday's game against the Broncos. With Bo Scarbrough (ribs) back at practice Wednesday in a limited capacity and Kerryon Johnson (knee) a candidate to return from injured reserve this week, McKissic could see his role marginalized in the final two games even though his health is seemingly intact.
McKissic (stinger) is ruled out for the remainder of Sunday's tilt against the Buccaneers.
McKissic logged one carry for two yards and caught two of three targets for seven yards before leaving the field. With Bo Scarbrough (ribs) inactive, Ty Johnson and Wes Hills will handle Detroit's backfield reps for the remainder of Week 15's contest.
McKissic suffered a stinger during Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
In the wake of Bo Scarbrough's (ribs) absence, McKissic and Ty Johnson were expected to handle the backfield reps for the Lions in Week 15. Upon his departure in the third quarter, though, McKissic had just one two-yard carry and two receptions (on three targets) for seven yards. He's questionable to return, but if he doesn't, Johnson and Wes Hills are the only available Detroit running backs on the game-day roster.
McKissic and Ty Johnson are expected to headline the Lions' Week 15 backfield with Bo Scarbrough (ribs) ruled out for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.
Scarbrough had operated as Detroit's lead option on the ground for the past four games, but his inactive status leaves McKissic, Johnson and practice squad callup Wes Hills as the lone healthy options at running back. Given Hills' lack of prior experience, McKissic and Johnson look like the best bets for touches out of the backfield, with coach Matt Patricia likely to ride the hot hand of the two. Considering McKissic has mostly served as a passing-down specialist during his NFL career, he would probably stand to benefit more than Johnson if the Lions fall behind early in the contest.
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.
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.
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.
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 could see his workload expand after the team placed Tra Carson (hamstring) on injured reserve Saturday.
McKissic and Ty Johnson were expected to handle the majority of the duties out of the backfield after Kerryon Johnson (knee) landed on injured reserve ahead of Week 8, only for the practice-squad call up, Carson, to outcarry the duo 12 to 8 in the win over the Giants. Paul Perkins, who was called up in a corresponding move, could also factor into the expected running back by committee, but of the trio, McKissic is very clearly the best receiving option out of the backfield, which should be a promising role against a Raiders defense that has struggled mightily against the pass this season. It's worth acknowledging the Lions did work out former Pro Bowler Jay Ajayi earlier this week according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, but it's far more likely Ajayi would cut into Johnson's workload as opposed to McKissic, were the former to get signed in the ensuing weeks.
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.
McKissic carried five times for 29 yards and caught two of three targets for 31 yards during Sunday's 42-30 loss to the Vikings.
McKissic, who became more involved after Kerryon Johnson left with a knee injury, finished with a season high in touches. He was quite impressive with the opportunities he received, averaging 5.8 yards per carry and 15.5 yards per reception. McKissic could play a notable role next Sunday against the Giants if Johnson is forced to sit out, but Ty Johnson could be a bigger factor out of the backfield after receiving 14 touches of his own in this one.
McKissic ran for four yards on three attempts and added seven yards on two catches during Monday's 23-22 loss to Green Bay
McKissic's five touches tied a season high, but he finished with just his third largest yardage total, a measly 11 yards. That's because McKissic has been dependent on big plays this season. Over 57 percent of his season yardage has come on just two plays. McKissic isn't going to garner many touches, so his value relies heavily on breaking off a big run or two. That'll be a difficult task Sunday against a Minnesota defense surrendering just 3.8 yards per carry, seventh-best in the league.
McKissic carried three times for four yards and caught two of three targets for seven yards during Monday's 23-22 loss to Green Bay.
Yet again, McKissic saw significantly more playing time than rookie Ty Johnson, who hit a new low-water mark with just two offensive snaps Monday. While the converted wideout doesn't have the stranglehold on passing downs that Theo Riddick once had with Detroit, McKissic has nonetheless popped for gains of 44 and 26 yards in Week 3 and Week 4, respectively, and is looking like a nice complement to starter Kerryon Johnson. McKissic's receiving prowess could come in handy in Week 7 when Detroit welcomes a stout Vikings defense to Motown.