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Elijah McGuire | Chiefs RB

Date of Birth:  06/01/1994
Age:  28
Height  5'10"
Weight:   214
College:  Louisiana-Lafayette
Drafted:  2017 | Round 6 | Pick 188
Depth Chart:  3rd string

Elijah McGuire | Chiefs RB


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Elijah McGuire | Chiefs RB

The Chiefs signed Elijah McGuire to the practice squad.

McGuire was with Kansas City in each of the past two seasons, so there's familiarity there. He'll help with depth in the running back room after Clyde Edwards-Helaire's MCL sprain.

Elijah McGuire | Chiefs RB

Elijah McGuire is re-signing with the Chiefs on a one-year deal.

McGuire didn't see any game action in 2020, but he impressed enough in practice to stick around with a chance to make the team this summer. Darrel Williams should remain the clear backup to Clyde Edwards-Helaire with Damien Williams recently released, so McGuire will hope to win No. 3 duties in Andy Reid's offense.

Elijah McGuire | Chiefs RB

The Dolphins have elevated Elijah McGuire from the practice squad.

McGuire could immediately step into the No. 2 role behind DeAndre Washington with Myles Gaskin now on the reserve/COVID-19 list, but Miami preferring to feature one back prevents him from being a recommended play tomorrow. Patrick Laird should also see snaps in mostly passing situations.

Elijah McGuire | Chiefs RB

The Browns promoted Elijah McGuire to their active roster, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Dontrell Hilliard is out with a concussion for Cleveland, so McGuire figures to be active for tonight's game against the Jets. McGuire is not a recommended fantasy option, but he'll look to play well while mixing in behind starter Nick Chubb.

Elijah McGuire | Chiefs RB

The Browns have signed Elijah McGuire to their practice squad.

McGuire was released by the Jets at final roster cuts, but this is a great landing spot for him to potentially rebuild his value if he can get promoted to the 53-man roster. This negatively impacts the handcuff outlooks for Dontrell Hilliard and D'Ernest Johnson.

Elijah McGuire | Chiefs RB

The Jets released Elijah McGuire.

This isn't a surprise after McGuire was playing late in last night's preseason game, but plenty of teams should be interested in the third-year running back. Former Jets running backs coach Stump Mitchell (now with the Browns) had previously compared McGuire's ability to LaDanian Tomlinson's, so Cleveland could be a place for the former sixth-round pick to land. McGuire doesn't need to be held in dynasty leagues right now, though.

Elijah McGuire | Chiefs RB

Elijah McGuire handles 20 touches in loss to the Patriots.

McGuire rushed 18 times for 41 yards, also adding two receptions for 24 yards and a lost fumble. New England was dominant all afternoon, and McGuire didn't have much running room. The second-year back—who started the season on injured reserve—finishes the year with 92 carries for 276 yards (3.0 YPC) and three touchdowns while adding a 19/193/1 receiving line. Hopefully a full offseason at 100% health will allow McGuire to reach his potential, but his 2019 role is very much up in the air depending on how a new coaching staff views him.

Elijah McGuire | Chiefs RB

Elijah McGuire scores twice against the Packers.

McGuire carried 14 times for 35 yards and a touchdown along with two receptions for 50 yards and a touchdown. The rushing score was on a toss deep in the red zone where McGuire received great blocking, and the receiving score was a 20-yarder to put the Jets up two possessions in their eventual overtime loss. McGuire has four touchdowns in the last three weeks, and fantasy owners that have picked him up and played in him the playoffs have certainly had it payoff to this point. He'll be at least an RB2/FLEX option to end the regular season next week against the Patriots.

Elijah McGuire | Chiefs RB

Elijah McGuire scores against the Texans.

McGuire carried 18 times for 42 yards and a touchdown along with three receptions for 29 yards in the Jets' Week 15 loss. As expected, McGuire handed a heavy workload but couldn't get much going against one of the toughest run defenses in the NFL. However, the second-year running back was able to get the ball into the end zone (late in game with the help of his teammates pushing him in) to help make it a productive day for fantasy owners that inserted him into their lineups. The matchup gets easier next week against the Packers, so McGuire is at least a FLEX option in fantasy championships.

Elijah McGuire | Chiefs RB

Elijah McGuire (ankle) is officially active for Week 15.

There was some confusion about whether or not McGuire was actually listed as questionable for today's game, but nevertheless he's out there against the Texans. With Isaiah Crowell on injured reserve, McGuire could be set for a heavy workload after he got 20 touches last week. However, the Texans present a tough challenge up-front, making McGuire just a volume-dependent FLEX that might need a touchdown to deliver strong fantasy value in the second week of the playoffs.

Elijah McGuire | Chiefs RB

Elijah McGuire (ankle) is officially listed as questionable for Week 15.

McGuire was limited in practice this week, but he's fully expected to play against the Texans on Saturday. Assuming he's active, the Jets will be counting on the second-year running back to lead the backfield with Isaiah Crowell (toe) out. McGuire's official game status will be known by 3:00 PM ET on Saturday.

Elijah McGuire | Chiefs RB

Elijah McGuire scores game-winning touchdown in Week 14.

Isaiah Crowell left the game early with a foot injury, so the second-year running back assumed the role as the team's clear lead back against the Bills. He carried 17 times for 60 yards and a touchdown along with three receptions for 23 yards in the Jets' win. The score was at the goal line where McGuire powered in with under 1:30 remaining in the game. McGuire should be one of the top waiver-wire adds this week, as he's a talented runner that could get a heavy workload the final three games of the season. However, this Saturday against the Texans is a tough matchup.

Elijah McGuire | Chiefs RB

Elijah McGuire handles seven touches in Week 13 loss.

McGuire rushed six times for 19 yards and caught a pass for negative-four yards. The second-year back came on strong when he made his debut in Week 9, but he's been quiet since the bye last month, and New York featured Isaiah Crowell (25 touches) on Sunday. McGuire is probably just an upside bench stash that doesn't need to be owned at this point.

Elijah McGuire | Chiefs RB

Elijah McGuire gets seven touches against the Patriots.

McGuire carried six times for 19 yards and caught one pass for seven yards in the Jets' Week 12 loss. The second-year running back didn't have much room to run in the game, and next week could be just as tough against the Titans. McGuire has upside if the Jets decide to give him a nice workload, but he's not a fantasy option yet.

Elijah McGuire | Chiefs RB

Elijah McGuire gets nine touches against the Bills.

McGuire carried six times for 30 yards and added three receptions for 27 yards in the Week 10 loss. There's a chance the Jets decide to feature the talented second-year running back down the stretch after their bye week, so he's worth a look as a pickup if he's available in your league.

Elijah McGuire | Chiefs RB

Elijah McGuire plays well in 2018 debut.

After missing the Jets' first eight games of the season because of a broken foot suffered in training camp, McGuire immediately gave a nice boost to the team's backfield. He carried seven times for 30 yards and added three receptions (on five targets) for 37 yards, and he showed the explosiveness that makes the Jets excited about him. We expect the second-year running back will eventually become the starter over Isiah Crowell this season, so he's worth a look as a pickup if available in your league.

Elijah McGuire | Chiefs RB

The Jets have officially activated Elijah McGuire from injured reserve.

McGuire broke his foot on the first day of training camp and has been out since then, but he's officially back as one of the Jets' two possible designated-to-return players this season. The 2017 sixth-round pick drew rave reviews during the offseason, including Jets running backs coach Stump Mitchell comparing the second-year runner to Hall of Famer LaDanian Tomlinson. If you're looking to add RB depth to your fantasy team or have an open roster spot, McGuire is worth a shot as a lottery ticket that might pay off in the second half of the season. Starter Isaiah Crowell hasn't really been effective this season, so McGuire could get a long look over the next several weeks.

Elijah McGuire | Chiefs RB

Elijah Mcguire (foot) will not play in Week 1.

McGuire had surgery less than a month ago and was expected to be out 3-6 weeks, so this isn't a surprise. The second-year back is off the fantasy radar for now, as he's missed a lot of time and the Jets have a deep running back group. He has a lot of upside as a player and remains a strong hold in dynasty leagues, though.

Elijah McGuire | Chiefs RB

Elijah McGuire is expected to miss 3-6 weeks with his broken foot.

ESPN's Adam Schefter says the McGuire is getting surgery this week. The lower end of the timeline would mean there's a chance the second-year back is ready for the start of the regular season, but the higher end of the timeline would keep him out for at least the first week or two of the season. Hopefully McGuire's recovery goes well and he can get back on the field at 100% soon.

Elijah McGuire | Chiefs RB

Elijah McGuire has suffered a fractured foot, according to Ian Rapoport.

Rapoport says that McGuire will require surgery and could be a candidate to be placed on injured reserve with a return designation. This is a terrible break for the second-year back, as he had a real shot to earn a significant role in New York’s backfield. Earlier this offseason, he was compared to LaDainian Tomlinson by the team’s running back coach, but now, the Jets will rely on Isaiah Crowell, Bilal Powell, Thomas Rawls, and rookie Trenton Cannon. They also reportedly brought in Alfred Morris for a visit.

Elijah McGuire | Chiefs RB

Jets running backs coach Stump Mitchell compares Elijah McGuire to LaDanian Tomlinson.

Mitchell said McGuire "has the skillset to be a LaDainian Tomlinson, if he was given that opportunity. That's not what presents itself to him at this particular point in time. But skillset, he can do it all." LT was just inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame last year, so this is obviously lofty praise for the second-year back. However, Mitchell indicates McGuire won't have a huge workhorse role like Tomlinson did, which isn't surprising after the team signed Isaiah Crowell and Thomas Rawls to the backfield mix this offseason. The Jets also have Bilal Powell, who has made some big plays over the years for them. Mitchell did say that new offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates "knows" what McGuire can do, though. Crowell didn't show a ton despite getting 206 carries as the clear lead runner for Cleveland last season, and it won't be surprising if McGuire passes him on the depth chart during the preseason. McGuire is certainly someone to keep an eye on moving forward after this very high praise.

Elijah McGuire | Chiefs RB

Elijah McGuire gets seven touches in Jets' loss.

McGuire had four carries for -6 yards and three receptions for 16 yards against New England. His rookie season ends with 88 carries for 315 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown along with 17 receptions for 177 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown. The running back situation is something to keep an eye on for the Jets this offseason, and McGuire could get a bigger role for 2018.

Elijah McGuire | Chiefs RB

Elijah McGuire doesn't get an offensive touch in Week 16.

The rookie running back is just a dynasty-league option at the moment.

Elijah McGuire | Chiefs RB

Elijah McGuire makes the most of his touches in Week 15 loss.

McGuire rushed four times for 24 yards and caught three passes for 48 yards and a touchdown. The rookie led New York in receiving on Sunday, and despite having the least amount of backfield touches, he led the group in total yards, too. The Chargers are a great matchup on Christmas Eve, and McGuire might be worth playing as a desperation option, as the 5-9 Jets could give the 23-year-old an extended look over the final two weeks.

Elijah McGuire | Chiefs RB

Elijah McGuire handles one touch in loss to the Broncos.

It was a carry for negative-three yards, but McGuire could see more run over the final three weeks for the 5-8 Jets. Still, the rookie can't be trusted in fantasy lineups next week against New Orleans.

Elijah McGuire | Chiefs RB

Elijah McGuire has been ruled out with an ankle injury.

McGuire suffered the injury early against the Broncos, and he's now been ruled out. Before leaving, the rookie had one carry for -3 yards. Matt Forte and Bilal Powell will handle the work in New York's backfield with McGuire out.

Elijah McGuire | Chiefs RB

Elijah Mcguire gets five touches against the Chiefs.

The rookie running back gained 20 yards on his five attempts, and he added a two-point conversion on a toss to put the Jets up by seven late in the fourth quarter. McGuire is not a recommended fantasy option against the Broncos in Week 14.

Elijah McGuire | Chiefs RB

Elijah McGuire gets six touches against the Panthers.

McGuire carried five times for 21 yards and added one reception for 13 yards in the Week 12 loss. The rookie running back is more of a dynasty league option for now, with Matt Forte (knee) back in the lineup for the Jets.

Elijah McGuire | Chiefs RB

Elijah McGuire handles 12 touches in Week 10 loss.

McGuire rushed eight times for 22 yards and caught four passes for 36 yards, as he out-gained and out-touched Bilal Powell with Matt Forte out. The Jets now head into a bye before a tough matchup with the Panthers, but McGuire is worth an add with a potentially large role down the stretch.

Elijah McGuire | Chiefs RB

Elijah McGuire gets 14 touches in Week 9.

McGuire worked as the secondary guy in the committee, behind Matt Forte and ahead of Bilal Powell. The rookie running back had 13 carries for 30 yards and one reception (on one target) for nine yards. He was also in there at the end of the game with the Jets trying to finally end the long game, so that's a good sign. For now, Forte seems like the guy to put in fantasy lineups, os McGuire doesn't need to be on fantasy rosters right now.

Elijah McGuire | Chiefs RB

Elijah McGuire sees one touch in Week 8 loss.

It was a two-yard carry. The seventh-round rookie isn't a fantasy option with Bilal Powell and Matt Forte healthy, but he could become relevant if the Jets fall out of contention and play younger guys later in the season. Still, he's not worth rostering outside of dynasty leagues at this point.

Elijah McGuire | Chiefs RB

Elijah McGuire sees limited touches with Matt Forte and Bilal Powell healthy.

McGuire rushed just three times for seven yards, and was not a factor in the passing game. The rookie isn't a fantasy option as long as the veteran duo is active, so he can be dropped in all redraft leagues. New York takes on Atlanta next Sunday.

Elijah McGuire | Chiefs RB

Elijah McGuire rushed 10 times for 22 yards in Sunday's loss to the Patriots.

The rookie did not catch a pass, and those who were relying on him must have been disappointed to see the Jets throw it 47 times compared to 20 rushing attempts by the running backs. McGuire will be a high-risk FLEX option against the Dolphins in Week 7.

Elijah McGuire | Chiefs RB

Elijah McGuire rushed 11 times for 20 yards in Sunday's win over the Browns.

He also caught two passes for 10 yards. McGuire saw more snaps in the second half because Bilal Powell injured his calf and didn't return to the game, but Cleveland contained the rookie back. Depending on Powell's health in Week 6, McGuire might be worth a look as a FLEX play against New England.

Elijah McGuire | Chiefs RB

Elijah McGuire rushed 10 times for 93 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's overtime win over the Jaguars.

McGuire also caught two passes for 38 yards. The seventh-round pick has been impressive so far this season, averaging a healthy 6.8 yards per carry and getting better with each passing week. Bilal Powell led the New York backfield on Sunday with 25 touches, but McGuire is definitely a name to keep an eye on, even when Matt Forte (toe) returns. He might warrant FLEX consideration against the Browns in Week 5.

Elijah McGuire | Chiefs RB

Elijah McGuire gets seven carries in Week 3.

The rookie back had 34 yards on his seven carries and was the most productive runner for the Jets, but he did lose a fumble in the game. McGuire should not be in fantasy lineups right now.

Elijah McGuire | Chiefs RB

Elijah McGuire gets seven touches in Week 2.

They were the first touches of McGuire's career, as he didn't receive any work in Week 1. McGuire received work in the first half too, so it wasn't like he just played because it was a blowout. The rookie had six carries for 29 yards and one reception for seven yards against the Jets. He should remain involved in the offense to some extent, and he has some potential this season if the apparently-rebuilding Jets decide to give the young players like him more time if the team falls out of playoff contention. Keep an eye on him.

Elijah McGuire | Chiefs RB

Elijah McGuire carries five times for 56 yards in fourth preseason game.

The Jets rookie running back had a 34-yard run and led the team in rushing in the exhibition versus the Eagles. McGuire will enter the season as the number three running back unless the Jets part ways with Matt Forte; in which case, McGuire would be the backup behind Bilal Powell. McGuire is worth a roster spot in dynasty leagues as a potential long-term guy in the Jets' backfield.

Elijah McGuire | Chiefs RB

Elijah McGuire gets four touches in Jets' third preseason game.

McGuire had two carries for seven yards and two receptions for 31 yards in the game. The rookie running back is clearly the third back behind Matt Forte and Bilal Powell and will make the final roster for the Jets.

Elijah McGuire | Chiefs RB

Elijah McGuire rushed five times for 16 yards in Saturday night's loss.

McGuire played well in the first preseason game, but last night was a low-scoring affair between the Jets and Lions, with Detroit coming out on top 16-6. In both redraft and dynasty leagues, McGuire is someone to keep an eye on; Matt Forte and Bilal Powell aren't in New York's future plans, but the rookie might be.

Elijah McGuire | Chiefs RB

Elijah McGuire starts preseason game for the Jets.

With Matt Forte and Bilal Powell out, the rookie McGuire received the first snaps of the game and looked pretty good, though his first ten-yard run was called back by a holding penalty. He ended up with six carries for seven yards and appears to be the clear number three behind Forte and Powell.

Elijah McGuire | Chiefs RB

Rookie running back Elijah McGuire "will contribute" this season, RB coach Stump Mitchell said.

Mitchell likes "everything" about the rookie back, talking of his ability to do it all, particularly as to catch the ball "extremely well." Matt Forte and Bilal Powell are sure to be the top two backs for the Jets this season, but McGuire looks like he will get some touches this season. He might not be a fantasy asset in 2017, but he's someone to keep an eye on.

Elijah McGuire | Chiefs RB

The New York Jets select Louisiana-Lafayette RB Elijah McGuire with the 188th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

McGuire rushed for at least 863 yards in each of his four college seasons, but his efficiency and touchdown total dropped every year. He fought through a foot injury as a senior, which led to a drop in production, but McGuire has some talent that could earn him a roster spot, especially because the Jets don't have an entrenched option behind Matt Forte and Bilal Powell.