The Washington Football Team placed back up running back J.D. McKissic on their IR this afternoon. This puts an end to a long healthy streak for McKissic who hasn’t missed extended time since 2018.
Antonio Gibson has performed as the bell cow this season with McKissic coming on to give him a breather every now and then. McKissic has carried the ball 48 times for 212 yards and 2 touchdowns. He’s shown his usual prowess as a receiving back catching 43 passes from the backfield for 397 yards and 2 touchdowns. The sixth-year veteran actually has more receiving yards and touchdowns over his career than rushing.
With McKissic out, the Football Team will have to lean on the rookie out of Buffalo, Jaret Patterson, and practice squad running back Jonathan Williams. Patterson has seen a bit of run in his first year carrying the ball 37 times for 135 yards, while Williams has only appeared in 2 games so far this year, including tonight’s contest against the Eagles.
Washington will be counting on the three backs as a win tonight would put Washington in the 7th seed spot for a contentious NFC.
Washington will cut ties with one veteran member of its running back room. They are moving on from Peyton Barber, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets.
The former Buccaneers back joined Washington during Ron Rivera‘s first year at the helm but did not make the cut to stay with the squad for a second season. This marks good news for rookie UDFA Jaret Patterson, who as of now joins the likes of Antonio Gibsonand J.D. McKissic on Washington’s roster. The defending NFC East champions also cut running back Jonathan Williams.
Barber played 18% of Washington’s offensive snaps in 2020 and was on the field on 30% of Washington’s special teams plays. The 225-pound running back averaged a career-low 2.7 yards per carry last season, gaining 258 yards on 94 rushing attempts.
Barber, 27, led the 2018 Buccaneers in rushing (871 yards), delaying Ronald Jones‘ ascent, and is a vested veteran. This will allow Barber to head straight to free agency. Teams must cut down to 53 players by 3pm CT today.
Williams joined the Lions back in August and got dropped in early September, but found a home on their practice squad. After a brief cup of coffee in Washington, he circled back to the Lions in late October and saw time in five games as a reserve.
The former fifth-round pick of the Bills has traveled the league throughout his five-year career. To date, his best season came with the Colts, when he notched 235 yards and one score on 49 carries. Most of that production came in a two-week span when Williams ran for 220 combined yards against the Jaguars and Texans.