The surprises keep coming out of Ashburn. Washington posted their Week 1 Depth Chart, and announced that J.D. McKissic was listed as the starting RB over expected starter, 2020 3rd Rounder out of Memphis, Antonio Gibson.
After RB Adrian Peterson was released last Friday, it seemed like a forgone conclusion that Gibson would take over his starting duties, especially the way the Coaching Staff talked up his abilities. Ever the class act, even after being unceremoniously released by Washington, Peterson went out of his way to speak highly of Gibson's potential, and how his skill set will fit with Turners offensive plans.
According to multiple reports, the order is not important in Offensive Coordinator, Scott Turner's offense, but the choice is a bit puzzling. McKissic, has not rushed for more than 208 yards over his 4 year career, and has not proven to be able to handle the rigors of a 16-game NFL Season, only playing all 16 games once in his career (2019).
It was expected that Washington signed McKissic to take on the role of former 3rd Down RB, Chris Thompson, who was not resigned by the team.
Time will tell to see if Head Coach Ron Rivera and his staff made the right decision in letting go of a future Hall of Famer that has proven everything, for 3 players that have everything to prove.