4 Commanders players Eric Bieniemy might want to let go in 2023
By Dean Jones
J.D. McKissic – Commanders RB
Eric Bieniemy has the benefit of a strong running attack to lean on when he takes up play-calling duties in 2022. Brian Robinson Jr. looked every bit an every-down force when permitted to participate last season, with the presence of Antonio Gibson something else that can also propel the Washington Commanders to bigger and better things on offense.
While this represents an embarrassment of riches for Bieniemy, there is a big decision to make regarding J.D. McKissic. The pass-catching specialist turned out just eight times for the Commanders last season due to injury, so it’s hard to gauge how influential he could become under a new regime.
McKissic showed flashes without ever finding the end zone. His catch success of 67.5 percent is also relatively low for a running back, although poor distribution under center and a suspect offensive line played a part in what turned out to be a stuttering campaign overall.
If Bieniemy feels like he can find a better alternative alongside other primary decision-makers, McKissic could be looking for a new home. Whether this comes via release or possible trade is another matter.
Again, Bieniemy should provide McKissic with a shot at featuring prominently on passing downs. If the assistant head coach/offensive coordinator is unimpressed, the Commanders can release him after the June 1 deadline for just $500,000 in dead money and a saving of $2.73 million.