McKissic rushed one time for six yards during Saturday's 24-14 preseason loss to the Chargers.
It was the second straight contest that McKissic earned just one carry, and he was absent in the passing game after notching two catches in the first exhibition outing. McKissic was used again as a return man, fielding two kicks and three punts, but the results weren't anything special and surely won't dethrone Tyler Lockett (foot) as the Seahawks' top returner. McKissic appears on his way to becoming the odd man out in Seattle's backfield.
McKissic signed his exclusive-rights free agent tender, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.
McKissic emerged as a useful pass-catching back in 2017, taking 46 carries for 187 yards and hauling in 34 of 46 targets for 266 yards, with three touchdowns on 80 touches. The 2016 undrafted free agent will compete for passing-down work with injury-prone C.J. Prosise (ankle), who has made just 11 appearances through two seasons. Both players have backgrounds as college wideouts, but Prosise fits the typical size profile for NFL backs, while McKissic checks in around 195 pounds. Chris Carson and Mike Davis are the other names on the Seattle depth chart at running back heading into the NFL draft.
The 2016 undrafted free agent has developed into a semi-reliable option in the post-Marshawn Lynch era in Seattle. Notably, McKissic racked up 46 rushes for 187 yards (4.1 YPC), reeled in 34 of 46 passes (73.9 percent catch rate) for 266 yards, and scored thrice in 13 games last season. While the Seahawks are holding onto McKissic, they did not do the same with restricted free agents Thomas Rawls and Mike Davis, leaving McKissic, Chris Carson (ankle) and C.J. Prosise (ankle) as the only RBs on the roster. To date, the team has hosted recent visits with veteran backs like Jonathan Stewart, who signed with the Giants, and DeMarco Murray. If the latter inks a deal with the 'Hawks, McKissic would be relegated to a part-time gig in 2018, but the same could come to pass if a running back is tabbed in the upcoming draft.
McKissic totaled 187 rushing yards and 266 receiving yards through 13 games in 2017.
McKissic was picked up by Seattle during the offseason last year for his combination of rushing and receiving skills. Though he didn't see extended run at any point during the season, he averaged 4.1 yards per rush and 7.8 yards per reception to go along with three scores on the season. He didn't get more than five receptions or seven rushes in any particular game, instead putting up consistent but small production on a week by week basis. If he's able to see a larger role in the Seattle offense in 2018 he could have some value in certain fantasy formats.
McKissic rushed six times for 20 yards and caught three of four pass attempts for 38 yards in Sunday's 42-7 loss to the Rams.
McKissic saw just two targets and no carries in the first half, but the Seahawks turned to their pass-catching specialist to try closing the 34-0 gap in the second. The nine touches were the most the 24-year-old has seen since Week 11, and it was his highest yardage output since his season debut in Week 4. With a repeat of the same game situation highly unlikely in Week 16 at Dallas, McKissic remains a low-end fantasy option.
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