Across eight games, it’s safe to say the Washington soccer team has underperformed this season. Injuries and a lack of direction at the quarterback led to a listless attack that failed to score 15 points in each of the last three games.
Meanwhile, a defensive unit set to rank among the best in the league enters the week off in 27th place in yards allowed per game (389.4) and points allowed per game (28.4).
With the franchise on the brink of another lost season, fans may struggle to find any strengths. However, much to the disappointment of a team that fell short of expectations, glimmers of optimism surround the players that Washington can rely on for the future.
JD Mckissic is one of those players.
JD McKissic becomes a valuable asset in the backfield
Last season, JD McKissic placed second in receptions and third in receiving yards for the Washington football team.
Through eight games, McKissic is set to repeat that performance.
So far in 2021, McKissic has totaled 33 receptions and 332 receiving yards, behind wide receiver Terry McLaurin in both marks. While Washington would certainly prefer a wide receiver to be McLaurin’s receiving complement, injuries to Dyami Brown and Curtis Samuel forced Washington’s offense to renew McKissic’s role from last year as a catch-up catcher. .
McKissic’s shots have also grown over the season, in part due to injuries to running back Antonio Gibson and tight end Logan Thomas, and the fact that Washington has played from behind often this season.
Second on the team in touchdowns, McKissic leads all Washington backers with 7.1 yards per touch. For a team that had to throw the ball more often to keep pace (thanks to defense), it delivered with reliable yardage and the ability to generate yards after the catch.
Perhaps the most valuable part of McKissic’s stellar game so far is his friendly contract. The six-year pro cap is just $ 1.66 million as he completes the second half of a two-year $ 3.27 million contract signed ahead of the 2020 season.
With the value McKissic has brought to the table this season, the Washington football team would be wise to try and keep the 28-year-old on another short-term contract as McKissic is expected to become an unrestricted free agent an once his contract expired. after the season.
Plus, McKissic gave Washington fans the biggest highlight of the season so far: a 30-yard winning touchdown reception against the Atlanta Falcons that resulted from a control pass from Taylor Heinicke.
Of course, McKissic taking on such a load in targets reveals a two-pronged problem in Washington: no real quarterback response and the lack of a real healthy No.2 receiver. While those priorities will certainly be addressed in the offseason, McKissic is still worth being for a team that will likely be lagging behind in games early in 2022 as well.
McKissic and the rest of his teammates will look to get back into shape on November 14 in a home game against defending NFL champions the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.