Elijah McGuire
Elijah McGuire
27-Year-Old Running BackRB
Kansas City Chiefs
2021 Fantasy Outlook
McGuire, who made a minor impact with the Jets back in 2017 and 2018, could carve out a spot on the Chiefs' roster in a depth role as a special teams contributor. He's likely competing with Darwin Thompson and Derrick Gore to claim the team's fourth running back spot behind Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Darrel Williams and Jerrick McKinnon. McGuire spent a portion of last season on the Chiefs' practice squad, while Darwin Thompson was on the active roster, so it may take an impressive showing at camp for him to move up the list. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year deal with the Chiefs in March of 2021.
Signs with Chiefs
RBKansas City Chiefs
March 18, 2021
McGuire has signed a one-year deal with the Chiefs, Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star reports.
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The 26-year-old, who has spent time on the team's practice squad over the past two seasons, will provide Kansas City with backfield depth behind Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Darrel Williams and Darwin Thompson. McGuire, a sixth-round draft pick in 2017, last saw regular season action with the Jets in 2018.
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This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
5' 10"
 
Weight
214 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.53 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.56 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.26 sec
 
Vertical Jump
36.0 in
 
Broad Jump
120 in
 
Bench Press
15 reps
 
Hand Length
9.00 in
 
Arm Length
31.00 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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McGuire spent the 2019 season on the Chiefs' practice squad and signed a reserve/future contract from the team in early February. While he should be given an opportunity to compete for a 53-man roster spot in training camp and the preseason, McGuire joins the likes of Darwin Thompson and third-year pro Darrel Williams behind rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire, who should head the Chiefs' rushing attack. Williams and Thompson have more experience in the system, so McGuire may be buried in the pecking order.
Injuries at the position freed up the starting running back job for McGuire late last season, and he responded by turning 67 carries and nine catches into 304 scrimmage yards and four touchdowns over the final four weeks. A busy offseason that saw the team bring in veteran free agents Le'Veon Bell and Ty Montgomery will relegate McGuire to a backup role at best, but the 2017 sixth-rounder shouldn't have a problem making the roster and could gain fantasy relevance should Bell get hurt.
A 2017 sixth-round pick, McGuire is a shifty running back whose value should come primarily from catching the ball out of the backfield. He rushed 88 times for 315 yards and added 177 yards on 17 receptions as a rookie, making a decent to stay involved for 2018. He was expected to get some touches as the Jets' likely No. 3 running back, the plan may have been derailed by a foot fracture suffered in late July. With his recovery timeline estimated at six weeks, McGuire could open the regular season on the PUP list, which would rule him out until Week 7.
McGuire's first two collegiate seasons were nothing short of excellent, as the 5-10, 214-pounder averaged 7.9 yards per carry, while scoring 22 touchdowns on just 269 carries. He was, however, limited over his last two years due to lingering foot issues that sapped most of his explosiveness. He was an excellent pass catcher in college, a skill that didn't diminish with his injuries, and it will be the key to any playing time this season as he tries to carve out a role behind Bilal Powell and Matt Forte, two players he could certainly learn from given their own receiving skills.
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Signing with practice squad
RBFree Agent
December 22, 2020
McGuire will sign with the Chiefs' practice squad Tuesday, Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star reports.
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Getting look from KC
RBFree Agent
December 21, 2020
McGuire will head to Kansas City for a visit with the Chiefs, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
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Demoted, then cut by Miami
RBFree Agent
December 14, 2020
McGuire reverted to the Dolphins' practice squad Monday and was later cut, per the NFL's official transaction log.
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Rises to active roster
RBMiami Dolphins
December 12, 2020
McGuire was promoted to the Dolphins' active roster Saturday.
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Headed to Miami
RBFree Agent
December 9, 2020
McGuire inked a contract with the Dolphins' practice squad Wednesday, Joe Schad of The Palm Beach Post reports.
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