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Redskins reportedly sign RB J.D. McKissic, likely ending Chris Thompson's tenure in Washington

Redskins reportedly sign RB J.D. McKissic, likely ending Chris Thompson's tenure in Washington

One of the bigger questions facing the Redskins this offseason was whether the organization planned to retain running back Chris Thompson. After a signing the team made Wednesday, a return seems highly unlikely.

The Redskins have reportedly inked running back J.D. McKissic to a two-year deal, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. The terms of the contract are unknown.

McKissic spent the 2019 season with the Detriot Lions after spending the first three years of his career in the Pacific Northwest with the Seahawks. A hybrid-type back, McKissic specializes in catching passes out of the backfield. But at 5-foot-10 and nearly 200 lbs, he has the size to run in between the tackles, too, should the Redskins choose to use him in that role. 

The 26-year-old was a standout wide receiver in college at Arkansas State and had one season with over 100 receptions. In college, McKissic had just 49 career rush attempts, compared to 289 career receptions.

But after signing with the Seahawks in 2016 as an undrafted free agent, the team transitioned him into the backfield, where he served as a pass-catching running back. He played a similar role in Detroit a season ago, catching 34 passes, tied for a career-high.

In Washington, he'll likely be placed in that same role, the role Thompson has played the past several years for the Burgundy and Gold. Thompson was plenty successful in Washington and quite impactful on the field when healthy. 

But staying on the field has been an issue for Thompson. The 29-year-old has not played a 16-game season since 2016 and missed five or more games in each of the last three seasons.

McKissic joins a running back group that features future Hall of Famer Adrian Peterson, third-year veteran Derrius Guice and second-year pro Bryce Love. 

Peterson still holds the top spot on the Redskins depth chart, but at age 35, he's not getting any younger. Guice has shown glimpses of being a dominant running back (watch highlights from the Carolina game and see for yourself) but has played in just five games through the first two years of his career and undergone three knee surgeries. Love, the Redskins fourth-round pick in 2019, is still recovering from a knee injury he suffered when he was a senior at Stanford.

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Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins' workouts are taking place at his parents' house

Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins' workouts are taking place at his parents' house

With the coronavirus pandemic putting a wrench in the NFL offseason and keeping team activities on hold, players have had to get creative with their workouts. 

Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins is among that population. Despite being a starter in the NFL and making millions of dollars, the former Redskin is now staying in shape in a very ordinary way: workouts at his parents' house.

In a story by ESPN, Cousins explained that his family relocated to his parents' house in Orlando, Florida with the league still waiting to resume. The move has been beneficial as it allows Cousins' and his wife, Julie, to have an easier time caring for their two young children. However, living in his parents' house has made it challenging to train the way an NFL quarterback needs to.

Cousins told ESPN that he's traded in a standard gym with machines and large amounts of equipment for his parents' driveway and backyard. He still has everything he needs to get sessions done, including WiFi to video chat with his trainer, but the setting is an interesting one.

Out on the driveway, the quarterback never knows who may pass by on a daily basis.

"I like my privacy, so being out in the driveway, on display for the whole neighborhood to see is probably less than ideal," Cousins told ESPN. "But desperate times call for desperate measures."

"[Every car will] see me doing my shuffles across the driveway, or my cariocas, or doing the jump-rope or different plank exercises, core work, medicine ball, lunges -- whatever it may be," he added. "And different people honk or wave, so it's kind of fun."

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Honks and even the occasional "Go Pack, go!" at Cousins in the middle of his workout bring a smile to his face as he navigates the new situation. Cousins may have been a Pro Bowler in 2019, but the current situation of the world has him and many other athletes heading back to their humble beginnings. If he finds success on the field in 2020, his parents' driveway and front yard will be part of the equation. 

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Adrian Peterson has his sights on passing Barry Sanders for 4th in all-time rushing

Adrian Peterson has his sights on passing Barry Sanders for 4th in all-time rushing

Adrian Peterson could go down as one of the NFL's all-time greats without ever having to play another snap in the NFL.

But as the running back gears up for his 14th NFL season and his third with the Redskins, he has one specific goal in mind.

"Passing Barry Sanders would definitely be one of the highlights of my career," Peterson said on NFL Network, via ProFootballTalk. "What he accomplished, and how I’ve looked up to him, I’ve always wanted to say I did something better than Barry Sanders."

What the 35-year-old running back is referring to is passing Sanders on the all-time career rushing yards list. Peterson, who has amassed over 14,000 rushing yards in his career, currently trails the Lions great by 1,054 yards.

As it stands now, Peterson is fifth all-time in career rushing yards, trailing only Sanders, Emmitt Smith, Walter Payton and Frank Gore.

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Moving past Sanders in 2020 might be a tough ask, as Peterson has not topped 1,054 yards in a single-season since 2015, where he rushed for a league-best 1,485 yards with the Vikings. The running back came close to topping that mark in 2018, when he finished with 1,042 yards in his first season in Washington.

Peterson has been the lead back for Washington the past two seasons, starting 31 of a possible 32 games for the team. But with a new regime in place in 2020 and a crowded backfield, it's unlikely that Peterson will turn in a third-straight 200-carry season.

Last season, Peterson went on record to say his goal is still to break Smith's all-time rushing yards record. Peterson currently sits just over 4,000 yards behind the Cowboys legend.

"Yeah, why not?" Peterson said. "I'm still playing the game at a high level, and I feel like I can continue to play for a long period of time. So why not keep my bar at reaching 18 [thousand yards] and surpassing Emmitt Smith?"

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