The Minnesota Vikings already have a pool of promising running backs on the current June depth chart, but why not add more?
That’s the word of CBS Sportsanyway.
Veteran free agent RB recommended for Vikings
The Vikings cut ties with veteran running back Dalvin Cook on June 9, paving the way for current RB2 Alexander Mattison to take over as RB1, with Ty Chandler, Kene Nwangwu and rookie DeWayne McBride rounding out the RB roster.
But CBS Sports Cody Benjamin recommended eight pairs of running backs with various teams this week, and for the Vikings, he nominated veterans JD McKissic as a free agent adjustment.
Benjamin explained, “Minnesota signaled with Cook’s firing that it doesn’t intend to commit much money to the job, but new incumbent Alexander Mattison is owed just $2.4 million in 2023, and his reserves are relatively unproven.”
mattison is not not tested as a racer, the production is there, but an RB1 workload will be the first such experience for the 25-year-old, at least since college.
“McKissic is a utility-type veteran best known for his pass-catching ability, which makes him a potential third-down option ready to go out of camp,” Benjamin added of the possibility of the Vikings bringing in the former major.
McKissic will turn 30 in August and joined the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2016. Since then, he has played for the Atlanta Falcons (2016), Seattle Seahawks (2016-2018), Detroit Lions (2019), and most recently, Washington Commanders (2020). -2022). He will be known to fantasy football managers as ‘the other guy’ on Washington running backs committees for the past three seasons.
The Arkansas State alumnus has played in 70 career games, starting 14, and has recorded 2,748 yards from scrimmage on 463 career touches for 11 touchdowns. McKissic is averaging 4.4 yards per rushing attempt over the past seven seasons and can catch the ball deftly from the backfield. In fact, in 2020, he had 80 receptions for 589 receiving yards with Alex Smith and Dwayne Haskins at quarterback.
While McKissic would improve depth, the need for another running back is debatable. Signing him, or any running back in free agency, would probably throw either Chandler or McBride into the practice squad, and at that point, why not keep both men on the active roster and not sign a McKissic guy?
However, a case can be made for veteran RB leadership, and that’s the CBS Sports angle in this
McKissic could also hold onto a team like the Kansas City Chiefs or Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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