4 Commanders players who don’t deserve another season in 2023

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J.D. McKissic – Commanders RB

After J.D. McKissic made an 11th-hour U-turn to remain with the Washington Commanders and not go to the Buffalo Bills in free agency, it was seen as a statement of intent from the player and the organization. However, even the best-laid plans go to waste sometimes.

McKissic just couldn’t get anything going in 2022. He was active just eight times due to injury and even though the player is seen as a pass-catching specialist, opportunities were extremely limited when he was healthy enough to participate.

While Eric Bieniemy’s arrival could stand to benefit McKissic, there’s a chance he’s demoted further down the pecking order if an explosive dual-threat running back can be secured during the 2023 NFL Draft once other needs are resolved.

This represents a cheap, longer-term option that can develop behind Brian Robinson Jr. and Antonio Gibson. If they can help in the return game, that’s just the icing on the cake.

Considering what’s at stake for the Commanders this season, they cannot afford any passengers. McKissic does have his uses, but that shouldn’t stop the front office from looking at alternatives to ensure Bieniemy has all the help he needs to hit the ground running.

If that means McKissic is let go, so be it. But it’s not like his contribution was all that stellar last season in any case.

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