1. JD McKissic
It feels like JD McKissic received a fair amount of praise for his big-time performance, but it still didn’t feel like enough. Without him, the Football Team doesn’t win the game and that isn’t an overstatement.
McKissic’s significant workload was pretty shocking considering he was largely invisible in Week 1, but we aren’t complaining. For the game, the sixth-year RB caught five of six targets for 83 yards, adding four carries for 10 yards and a touchdown.
Washington’s offensive line wasn’t great in pass protection, and McKissic emerged as a reliable security blanket for Heinicke, kind of like what he was last year when he notched career-highs in receptions (80), which trailed only Alvin Kamara for the league lead among running backs, and receiving yards (589).
However, none of McKissic’s receptions on Thursday were bigger than when he broke loose up the sidelines for 56 yards. On the very next play, Heinicke connected with Ricky Seals-Jones for a 19-yard TD that gave Washington a 27-26 lead.
To put some perspective on the importance of that score, the Giants had just taken a six-point lead on a momentum-stealing 55-yard field goal from Graham Gano on the previous possession. With the Football Team’s back up against the ropes at the 4:50 mark in the fourth quarter, McKissic stepped up to the plate.
McKissic was one of the stars of the game, but he was easily the most overlooked player on the offense as far as postgame plaudits. That includes Heinicke, McLaurin, and even Seals-Jones to a certain extent given he was on the receiving end of a massive touchdown.
If that doesn’t justify McKissic nabbing the top spot on this list, then we’re not sure what does.