Will Seahawks’ J.D. McKissic be more of an RB or WR in 2019?

Jun 24, 2019, 11:34 AM | Updated: 1:49 pm

Seahawks, JD Mckissic...

J.D. McKissic is entering his fourth season with the Seahawks (Getty)


The Seahawks kick off training camp on July 25, and until then, Brock Huard and Mike Salk will count down the top 25 most intriguing Seahawks every weekday at 8:30 a.m. Their list continues with No. 21: RB/WR J.D. McKissic.

The NFL’s new replay rule, explained

Quick look:

• 5-11, 194 pounds
• Entering fourth season with Seahawks
• Limited to five games in 2018 due to injury, but had 453 combined yards and three touchdowns in 2017

What Brock Huard is saying…

“He’s a little bit of everything, and that’s why he’s intriguing,” Huard said. “I said this last preseason: J.D. McKissic is like a New England Patriot. This is what Bill Belichick covets; guys who have flexibility and just love to play football. Pete Carroll said at a press conference after he was hired, ‘We are gonna find guys that love to play football. Well, if I had to rank the 90 guys on this roster based on guys who just love to play football, McKissic would be in the top 10 percent — there is no question about it. He just wants his chance to play. In college he caught 100 passes, and he has done whatever has been asked of him here as a Seahawk and he’s done it at a pretty high level. He unfortunately is just a bit of a tweener. Is he a running back? Eh, yes. Does he have enough size to run between the tackles in this scheme? Probably not. Is he only a third-down running back? No. Is he a receiver? Well, he’s not an X or a Z, but he can probably play in the slot.

“He’s kind of in between all of this. But he’s going to probably be prioritized in 2019 in ways he hasn’t before because of what he does on special teams. That’s where this team has prioritized this offseason. Because of that, I think he’s going to get every opportunity to flourish as a returner.”

Why is he on this list?

“I think he probably makes the team because, as Pete Carroll says, Tyler Lockett probably becomes your No. 1 receiver now,” Mike Salk said. “Does that limit the amount of time he can spend as a returner? It almost has to. But McKissic is intriguing to me because this is a do-or-die year for him. We’ve seen little glimpses of what he’s capable of. His versatility does make him a bit of a tweener — but it also makes him valuable. It allows you to shore up both the running back and wide receiver positions, because even thought he’s not necessarily the best at either of them, he’s good enough at both of them to be able to take the last spot and allow you an extra player at another spot on the field where you need to have some additional depth. He brings a lot of value, he brings some explosiveness. But you’ve got to see it. He has to force them to let him on the field to do his thing, which means you have to take reps away from somebody else. He has to earn those.”

Listen to Huard and Salk’s full segment on J.D. McKissic’s place on the 2019 Seahawks:

Brock and Salk’s 25 most intriguing Seahawks: 

No. 25: G Phil Haynes
No. 24: LB Shaquem Griffin
No. 23: T/TE George Fant
No. 22: WR David Moore

Brock and Salk podcast

Seattle Seahawks

Seattle Seahawks Darrell Taylor...

Stacy Rost

Rost: Two Seahawks contradictions, and what they mean for 2023

NFL teams are full of contradictions, which aren't necessarily always bad things. Stacy Rost breaks down two about the Seattle Seahawks.

14 hours ago

Seahawks Kenneth Walker III...

The Associated Press

Seahawks’ Kenneth Walker III hopes to turn award snub into on-field success

Seattle Seahawks running back Kenneth Walker III fell just short of winning the NFL's offensive rookie of the year in 2022.

2 days ago

Seattle Seahawks Geno Smith...

Brent Stecker’s Edholm: Seahawks one of league’s most complete teams's Eric Edholm ranks the Seattle Seahawks as the NFL's ninth most complete team. He explained why to Wyman and Bob.

4 days ago

Seattle Seahawks Evan Brown Olu Oluwatimi...

Brent Stecker

Big Ray: How many Seahawks rookies can start on OL?

The Seattle Seahawks picked two offensive linemen on the final day of the 2023 NFL Draft. Former NFL O-lineman Ray Roberts shares if they can start this season.

4 days ago

Seattle Seahawks Cameron Young...

Brent Stecker

Huard: The strength Seahawks rookie DT Cameron Young must play to

For Seattle Seahawks fourth-round defensive tackle Cameron Young, Brock Huard says he needs to keep it simple because of his biggest strength.

5 days ago

Seattle Seahawks Kenny McIntosh...

Brent Stecker

Seahawks’ 7th-round RB Kenny McIntosh could have big role

Seattle Sports' Brock Huard breaks down what Seattle Seahawks seventh-round pick Kenny McIntosh offers that their other running backs don't.

6 days ago

Will Seahawks’ J.D. McKissic be more of an RB or WR in 2019?